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Thread: If you live in the Northeast have you been to Marden’s ???

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    Senior Member Nancy Ingham's Avatar
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    A quilting friend introduced me to Marden’s Discount Store a year ago and periodically we make the trip to go and stock-up on fabric together. There are several locations throughout Maine however; we shop at the one in Sanford. They have a very large selection of quality fabrics at great prices. Their website says this in regards to their fabric:

    “Fabric: To Marden’s fabric team, fabric is not just material. Fabric represents friendship, community and a way of life. From our fabric buyer and distribution employees right through to the associates in store that help customers one on one, hundreds of times a day, we love fabric!”

    We shop for fabric 108” wide to back our quilts in just one solid piece of fabric. Most 108” wide fabric, 100% cotton, at Marden’s sells for $7.99 a yard. Although I just bought one fabric that I just love, 108” wide for just $4.99 a yard! I live in Laconia NH, but it is well worth the trip to shop and stock-up on fabric.
    :thumbup: :thumbup:

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    I am planning a trip to see Maine in July - I think that is one of the shops that was recommended to me!

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    No I haven't but friends that shop there have told me about Marden's. I hope to shop at one of the Marden's on our next trip to visit grandkids in Mass, we can come home via Maine just to shop there. May in Jersey

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    Yes I have been to Marden's. What a wonderful store! It was years ago, and I remember coming home with tons of stuff. Great store!

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    nope guess it up father then me....

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    Our quilting group that meets in Avon usually sponsors a trip there at least twice a year. Let's say I have spent quite a bit of money on fabric there. Its wonderful!! It's worth it.

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    do they sell online?

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    We haven't been to Maine in 4 or 5 years, might need to make a plan for a visit!

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    I've been shopping there for years and it is wonderful. Marden's is a huge supporter of Project Linus, and they host a yearly event for us. When customers donate a blanket to Project Linus, Marden's gives them free fat quarters. They hang the donated quilts, afghans and fleece blankets up on all the walls of the store, and then they give them to the Coordinators at the yearly event. Each year I receive hundreds of blankets for my chapter.

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    The have a website, a facebook page, twitter, and sell on eBay, but they do not sell the fabric on eBay. They are a surplus store, and sell everything from furniture, flooring, clothing (great buys on name brand shoes). Here is a link to their website: http://mardens.com/

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    I have not heard of that shop. I have got to venture out from behind my sewing machine. Have to talk DH into taking a road trip. I am still on a fabric moratorium and have cut way down about 85%. Will never be addicted again to random buying again. I'll buy what I need, though.
    That backing sure sounds god. Always need backin

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    Oh thanks! My mom goes to the one in Sanford quite often, she lives in Dover. I might need(lol) her to pick me up some goodies as there is no Mardens in Il.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cherrio
    do they sell online?
    I really don't know but you can Google ‘Marden’s Discount Stores ME’ and get all their information. They have 14 locations. I have signed up to receive their sale notices by email.
    And....if you get a small group of six friends to go and buy together you get an additional 20% off your fabric purchases. They also cut there fabrics very generously!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kathios
    The have a website, a facebook page, twitter, and sell on eBay, but they do not sell the fabric on eBay. They are a surplus store, and sell everything from furniture, flooring, clothing (great buys on name brand shoes). Here is a link to their website: http://mardens.com/
    In Sanford ME they have two separate stores in the same strip mall: Marden's Discount Store and Marden's Surplus Store. The Surplus store carries furniture etc., the Discount store is where I buy my fabric. I do not know if the other locations are the same. You should check to see if the Marden's near you carries fabric.

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    In the Sanford location, does anyone know if they have solid backings in the wide size? I think I might need to make a list for my mom lol

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    It is hard to say if they have the solid backings...they might have them today, and they might be gone tomorrow. The Marden's buyer picks up bargains from store closeouts, out of print fabrics, etc. You never know what is in stock, as it changes daily. If you are going to make a list for your Mom, I'd provide her with plenty of options/substitutions.

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    Mardens is my second home LOL

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    Thank you Maureen. She goes there quite often, so it will be great to ask her what to look out for. Now I know where to go for fabric when I go back to visit!

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    my gf lives there she says its its the best!!!

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    Was just at the one in S. Portland yesterday although I usually go to the Lewiston store since it is closer. I heard that the one in Sanford has best fabric section but haven't been to that one.

    I didn't know that 6 shoppers = 20% discount. Thanks for that info. Will have to find out if it is at all stores or just Sanford.

    Can't beat their prices. :)

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    I think I want to move to Maine :)

    robin

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    Not all Marden's have fabric so best to check before going
    I know Sanford does and Ellsworth Falls.

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    My DH's family lives in Maine and we always make sure to stop at Marden's at some point during the trip! :)

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    Kinda far from Minnesota, but I checked out their website.
    Thanks for the info!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nancy Ingham
    Quote Originally Posted by cherrio
    do they sell online?
    I really don't know but you can Google ‘Marden’s Discount Stores ME’ and get all their information. They have 14 locations. I have signed up to receive their sale notices by email.
    And....if you get a small group of six friends to go and buy together you get an additional 20% off your fabric purchases. They also cut there fabrics very generously!
    I didn't know about the 20% discount for 6 friends. Must keep that in mind.

    I was at Mardens in Brewer last week and came home with 44 yards of fabric... I Love that place for getting fabric to make charity quilts. Most brand name fabrics are between 2.99 and 4.59 per yard. You cannot reorder fabric, so be sure to go with your pattern requirements and buy all that you need.

    :lol:

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