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Thread: I got to look at WalMart's big book

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    I went to a nearby small town's Walmart that does have the fabric dept just as it was years ago. The store is not crowded and the fabric dept was empty but for me and the clerk. I asked if she knew if the new fusible batting from Fairfield would be sold there. She said the woman that does the ordering will have to look in the big book and see. I asked if she was there. The clerk said no but she said wait a minute. She left and came back with a big binder. It listed every item that could be ordered for the fabric section! Every fabric! The clerk had to leave for a few minutes and I had the book all to myself! Every item June Taylor makes was listed, page after page of sewing and quilting notions, rulers, mats,books, patterns, thread, fat quarters, jelly rolls, charm packs, pre cut fabric, and quilting software. The clerk came back and I asked how does the woman who orders know what to order, she said whatever she thinks will sell and how much space she wants to take up selling it. She said she wouldn't order any more patterns because she wanted the space the pattern drawers was taking up for something else.
    She said the woman was good about ordering items someone requested so to come back and talk to her if I wanted the batting. She said any item in the book can be ordered for any store as far as she knows. It's up to the dist. manager of the stores to allow space for it. So many sewing items are available to be ordered even if there is no space for bolts of fabric anymore. If we all start requesting quilting notions, ruler and such to be ordered and keep on bugging the store maybe the artificial flower shelves will be displaying a quilting notion wall. :-D :-D :-D :-D

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    WOW!!! Thank you for letting us know this :D:D:D

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    Who buys all those fake flowers anyway?

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    Good info to have. Thank you

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    I'd just be happy knowing who DOESN'T order the 10W30 Penzoil in the 5 qrt bottles at our store.
    None of ours have fabric anymore accept for the pre-cut stuff that I won't buy on principle.
    Southern people are so helpful.

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    Thanks for the info. I would love to see that book.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BellaBoo
    Who buys all those fake flowers anyway?
    My DM buys alot of them to put on all the various grave markers where all our extended family are buried.

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    I asked at our Walmart if they were going to be carrying any of the precut fabrics and was informed they're not. They don't have jellyrolls or FQs-no fabric. I was going to buy a crib-size batting for bags or table runners until I looked at the price. A week ago the crib-size was $6.00; today it was $9.00!! I asked if this was a mistake and the clerk just laughed-nope, that's the correct price.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dkabasketlady
    Quote Originally Posted by BellaBoo
    Who buys all those fake flowers anyway?
    My DM buys alot of them to put on all the various grave markers where all our extended family are buried.
    That's not allowed in the cemetary here. :cry: :cry: :cry:

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    Quote Originally Posted by dkabasketlady
    Quote Originally Posted by BellaBoo
    Who buys all those fake flowers anyway?
    My DM buys alot of them to put on all the various grave markers where all our extended family are buried.
    Me Too.... Big Family

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    It's frustrating to hear about this "Big Book", as my Walmart is shrinking its dept. I did get some paper piecing paper on clearance, which was nice, but sad to now know the won't carry it! I went to the store specifically to get template plastic, and they didn't carry it any more!! So frustrating, when you live in a rural area and don't have a store to go to for basic quilting supplies!

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    When our WalMart carried fabrics, the department manager was a former LQS owner. She carried a lot of nice fabrics, which is the only reason I purchased there. The quilt group that met every month was large, too. There were usually 12-15 quilters there. She did a great job with her little department.

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