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    I am so sad

    Just found out today that the quilt shop in my small town of Chanhassen MN is closing and the Mill End Textiles in MN are also closing. I loved going into my quilt shop and talking quilts and patterns and looking, feeling and buying all their beautiful fabric. I also visited their Bernina machines and fantasized about owning one. The Mill End Textiles were a wonderful place to go for fabrics. Heaps of them all piled on tables. There is still a nice quilt shop in Shakopee MN that I can go to. Farther away, but I will make the drive once in a while. I don't mind buying on line, but you can't get to feel the fabrics and sometimes the color isn't exactly what you wanted. Are the brick and morter stores going away due to the internet?

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    I think a lot of the store just can't compete with online prices. The stores that are thriving like Missouri Star Quilt Co. offer both a store and online sales. This year MSQC is opening up a retreat center in their town.

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    All of my favorite quilt stores...about 6 of them...have closed and it wasn't due to the online stores. It simply was that fabric has gotten so expensive, a lot of people lost jobs and didn't have money, and when money is tight, people give up their hobbies first. There are a few that have survived and some smaller ones, but there really isn't as much variety or I have to drive farther in search of what I want. I guess I was spoiled living in an area where there were so many so close, but I morn their closing and I really dislike shopping online as you just can't judge the quality of fabric and color until it arrives and then it's too late. I shop as much as I can at my LQS just to keep them in business, and their prices are the same as the online stores and I don't have to pay shipping.
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    Wonder why they are closing? I thought they were doing well ---

    I did my part in keeping them going!

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    It seems like very time I turn around, another quilt store has closed it's doors. The one in my home-town gave up about nine months ago. Now, the nearest shop is an hour away. Inevitably, I think they will be crowded out of the market by the ease and convenience of on-line shopping, in much the same way that book stores have done. It's very sad. I will miss the whole experience but could see it coming when the general fabric stores began to close up some years ago.

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    And I found out yesterday that The Good Wives is also closing down by the end of the year. I can only buy so much fabric and they have wonderful fabric. However, several of the online quilt shops are also closing. We try but we only have so much money to spend on fabric. Wish I had more....sigh
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    The quilt store that I went to all the time closed down in September. Sure do miss it. The closest LQS is now an hour and a half away from me. I guess I'll be using online more...shipping would be cheaper than driving.
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    I had one close near me this summer. I think many of us are trying to trim down our stashes since fabric has gotten so expensive. I think it was the perfect storm and both online and LQS closing are the symptom of the bigger economic issues.

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    I am sorry to hear that. I grew up in Chanhassen and also loved that quilt shop and the Bernina authorized repairman there. I planned on bringing one of my Bernie's out to him the next car trip we took back home. I guess not anymore!

    But (most sad to me) is hearing that Mill End is closing!!! Both the Eden Prairie and Burnsville locations?? Most of my stash came from those stores! My friends cut out their coupons for me when I come to visit and it is the highlight of my trips to browse the tables and shelves for wonderful fabrics at fantastic prices. I bought about 30 yards of fabric on my last trip home and had to fit it in my suitcase for the flight home - that was heavy!

    Ladies in the south and western suburbs, I am so sorry to read this news.

    PS: I have not yet ordered fabric online but I might have to start if my resource in MN is gone.

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    According to the ladies at our local Mills' End, the owners (who are 70 and 72) are retiring. All of the stores are closing, not just in MN. Starting on Sunday fabric is 30% off, no coupons. I wish I could go one more time, but I am on call and can't leave the area. Sure will miss them!

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    I was just at the Mill End location in St. Cloud on my way home from the Cities yesterday and was shocked to see the notice in my bag when I emptied it this morning! 30% off might be worth a road trip.

    I also shopped SR Harris in Brooklyn Park... has anyone else shopped there? It is a HUGE warehouse with aisles and aisles of quilting cottons on bolts and really every kind of fabric under the sun. Everything is 50% off - which makes quilting fabric between $5 and $6 a yard. It's bit of work to pull the bolts out of the stacks and it helps to be tall to reach them all but I could have spent hours and lots of $$. Large collection of batiks including wide backings.

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    One quilt shop in my town was shut down by the state for not paying state taxes. Another was shut down because the owner went to jail for drugs. The last one closed because the owner would schedule new buyers machine classes and then not be open the day of the classes! Just a note on the door saying sorry shop is closed today. Some drove from nearby towns to take their lessons. Everyone quit buying from her, she filed bankruptcy.
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    Some of it I think is due to retirement of some of the stores owned by older people. You think people would try and sell their business first if it was successful you would think someone would want to buy it
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    My friends and I were holding our breath while our closest store was deliberating the rent with their landlord, the plaza where they were had stores closing left and right because the landlords (two women in another state) have turned greedy. Our store found a new home which is actually a few miles closer to us and they are having a grand re-opening this Tues. I am planning on picking up a bunch of flowers and stopping in when they open at 10, they are really nice women and it's so great to have them keep the store open, especially when they say that their money makers are classes and they more or less break even with fabrics.

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    I'm not sure where the greatest profit is for quilt shops is; fabric, classes, machine repair or machine sales. Another thing that might factor in to the equation is the business experience of the owner. A love of quilting doesn't necessarily mean a person can successfully run a business. Several quilt shops have either closed or downsized in my area. One the person retired and could not find a buyer for her shop. Another closed I think in large part because of lack of profit. Many of my quilting friends and I didn't shop there because of poor customer service, cancelled classes and such. If I'm going to pay more for fabric I want the person waiting on me to be knowledgeable, excited that I'm there and excited and helpful about my project. It must also be difficult for shop owners to anticipate what fabric people want. Successful shops have great business savvy, good customer service and being in the right place at the right time. The economy certainly factors into this but good businesses can survive through tough times.

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    I'm so sorry to hear that the shop is closing... do you have a guild that you can join to be able to get that quilt chat in? If you don't, you should start one!

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    Quote Originally Posted by asimplelife View Post
    I also shopped SR Harris in Brooklyn Park... has anyone else shopped there?
    Thanks for mentioning this place. Looks like there's a road trip is in my future!

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    It is so sad to see so many of them closing.

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    SR Harris is scary! There is so much fabric a gal could get lost in there. It is a bit of a drive for me and when I go I can't have anything specific in mind because I'll never find it among all the stacked bolts. But they have cute kids flannels and lots of just about anything else you want including random zippers, buttons, etc.

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    It's not just quilt shops that are closing, my little town has lost a restaurant, deli, and now the florist, a nearby town closed it's elementary school and are busing kids here . My sis-in laws town it loosing it's chain grocery! No work - families moving away. Sad, sad, sad.

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    I like to support my LQS when I can - however often it displays a particular pattern/fabric and don't have it in stock. Then I go online where it is usually less expensive - and of course I always find other things I "need".

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    I know how you feel. We lost our Mill End that was not too far away, but we have a shop on Grand Avenue that is called Treadle Yard Goods here in St. Paul. Marvelous little shop with fantastic fabric - not all cotton if you sew clothing. I like their batiks and they have a section for marked down fabrics and they have a little section for fat quarters. So c'mon in to St. Paul. Also there is a marvelous Mill End in East St. Paul. I got some fabulous stuff there.l I think it is on White Bear Avenue. And another one bites the dust. So sad. Edie
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    When I go to SR Harris it is a full day and a lot of work. It averages about $6. a yard and you pull the bolts, cut your own, and put back the bolts. It's impossible to go for something specific but generals. The last time I was looking for good I-spy fabrics and found quite a few. They also have flannel, knits, upholstry, thread, zippers, etc. Sad to hear of shops closing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltingHaven View Post
    And I found out yesterday that The Good Wives is also closing down by the end of the year. I can only buy so much fabric and they have wonderful fabric. However, several of the online quilt shops are also closing. We try but we only have so much money to spend on fabric. Wish I had more....sigh
    Saw The Good Wives at the Shop Hop at Wright Patterson AFB last month and planned on going there after the first of the year to buy some fabric. Might need to go sooner than had planned.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BellaBoo View Post
    One quilt shop in my town was shut down by the state for not paying state taxes. Another was shut down because the owner went to jail for drugs. The last one closed because the owner would schedule new buyers machine classes and then not be open the day of the classes! Just a note on the door saying sorry shop is closed today. Some drove from nearby towns to take their lessons. Everyone quit buying from her, she filed bankruptcy.
    yikes!!!!!!!

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