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    After reading all the posts that say Wal-Mart is going out of the fabric business, I made a point of going by the fabric dept. here and asking. I got the same message....they are not going out of the fabric business at this Wal-Mart. I wonder if they are just not being told?

    At any rate, even though I did not need any fabric and even though I told myself just yesterday that from now on I would not buy fabric unless I had a project in mind, I bought ten pieces. Seven are purple and three are turquoise. No, I don't have patterns in mind, though I know there is a purple quilt in my future. (I asked about purple quilts here recently and found many many wonderful ideas!! I just haven't settled on one yet.)

    I didn't find any fantastic sales or anything, but I had a good time. :)

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    Sounds like you had fun!!! :thumbup:

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    Ours is not removing the fabric section, but they have made is significantly smaller. I always check when I go there weekly for groceries... just in case they have a sale or a fabric I can't live without :D:D:D

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    I think if the community speaks loud enough, WalMart will keep the fabric dept in that community.

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    The Wal-Marts in my area (Manchester, NH)have all ceased to carry fabric. The nearest Wal-Mart with fabric is in Amherst, NH, about 20 mins. or so away. I have not gone yet. I've been too busy buying fabric at Ace Hardware/Ben Franklins in Raymond, NH (yes, a craft store withing a hardware store) and buying fabric at Marden's in Sanford, ME. (Good qulity fabric at $2.99 to $3.99 per yard!) Their inventory changes day to day, but I usually find plenty that I like. If you ever are in the area, check them out.

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    I went to our "W"[Mason,WV] and the lady said that over 2000 stores will be getting rid of the material. She said they just don't know when??? We have a LQS and anything else is 45min.--1hr. away:{

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    We have 2 WalMarts that have fabric, one store just remodeled and made the department REALLY small :shock: The other is suppose to get remodeled next year :roll: I have noticed that the prices are creeping up and the quality is DROPPING

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    We had one Wal Mart in the neighboring county that said that they would continue to stock fabric as a lot of people wrote in complaining about the plan to take it out. Alas, that was a year ago and while they had fabric longer than some, it is now all gone.

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    Our two still have it, and I am PRAYING they keep it!

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    Has your store been remodeled? They told me when they do the remodel is when they do away with fabric.

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    Quote Originally Posted by marsye
    Has your store been remodeled? They told me when they do the remodel is when they do away with fabric.
    Ours was remodeled a couple of years ago and they kept the fabric dept. They say it's bigger, but I just don't see it. :roll:

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    I have two walmarts within 35 miles of me. The one that is only 7 miles away did remodel and yes the fabric dept went away. So far the other one is still carrying fabric however it is far enough away that I need to justify driving that far and thusly I don't go very often. I do miss even getting thread. Fabric shops are hard to come by in my neck of the woods. Judy of Olalla Wa

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    the people at our Walmart also said that they were not getting rid of the fabric dept and indeed they did - I got some really great bargains but I sure do miss it. I think they don't know until the last minute

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    Same thing happened at my store. The lady who ran it said she kept ordering it and it came but then they got rid of it really fast and now they are remodeling. The pharmacy was in a box near the front door. Their part if finished and now the pharmacists can't hard anymore. We can see them beind their counter LOL. Also the front restrooms are closed until they are finished which seems to be taking a long time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sweetburkhart
    ... I do miss even getting thread. Fabric shops are hard to come by in my neck of the woods. Judy of Olalla Wa
    the good news is that there is nice thread available from at least two websites that's actually less expensive than the thread walmart sells. yes ... even less expensive than the cotton/poly blend.

    connectingthreads.com (my source for solids)
    threadart.com (where i get my variegated cottons and polyester embroidery thread)

    the number of yards on each spool is much greater than at wallyworld. the per/spool prices are either around the same or lower. since a spool will last a lot longer, even the shipping charges keep you within budget. (unless you're like me. i save up and buy googobs once a year so shipping is free. :lol: )

    add to that the wider variety of colors; it's all cotton; and spun with quilters in mind.

    if you're into machine embroidery, ctsusa.com sells poly embroidery thread at very good prices, too.

    i also haunt this website for Red Rooster brand fabric (always $2.99 per yard). even with shipping added, it's less expensive than some of the fabs at walmart. bonus: it's a brand they sell in many quilt shops. they just charge a whole lot less.

    http://stores.ebay.com/CROWSNESTQUIL...Q_scZ1QQ_sopZ1


    do i still hit my wallworld fab dept? natch. who can pass a rack of fabric without at least looking? but when ours downsized, i was very relieved to find these alternate sources.

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    I was told by the Ava Walmart that eventually ALL the Walmarts are going to DISCONTINUE fabric! That is ALL of them!

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    That was a kind thing for you to do...posting alternate sources with fair prices.
    :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by stitchinwitch
    I was told by the Ava Walmart that eventually ALL the Walmarts are going to DISCONTINUE fabric! That is ALL of them!
    I was told the same by Walmart employees. Glad I found Marshall Dry Goods! :thumbup:

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    Quote Originally Posted by marsye
    Quote Originally Posted by stitchinwitch
    I was told by the Ava Walmart that eventually ALL the Walmarts are going to DISCONTINUE fabric! That is ALL of them!
    I was told the same by Walmart employees. Glad I found Marshall Dry Goods! :thumbup:
    Yes, I have been told the same thing.

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    They just got rid of the fabric department at the only local Wally World here in my area. We they were getting rid of the material (none of it on any kind of sale :-( ), the woman working the department said that WalMart was planning to open their own fabric STORES instead of having small departments in their stores. Whether this is true or not, I haven't been able to verify. But it sure would be great.

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    I have a hard time buying fabric online. I guess I just like to feel it and see it. We only have Walmart that does not have a lot of fabric, and Joannes which is not to bad. Better than nothing I suppose. The LQS is over an hour away.

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    Our Walmart hasn't had fabric for a while. I don't go there often. One day it was just gone. So sad.

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    Our Walmart hasn't had material for at least 2 years. I did buy material for halloween costumes, pillows but never quilts. The quality wasn't good and a quilt is a lot of work and I want it to last. Jo Ann fabrics also has some poor quality fabric that I won't buy for my quilts. I would rather wait until I can afford good quality fabric. Just me

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    They are just not being told. All the fabric departments will be eased out over the next yr. according to a local manager here. We still have some stores with and some stores who have already phased out their fabrics.

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    If our WM gets rid of the fabric I will be SOL.

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