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    I have never done a bricks & mortar shop hop and my local hop starts tomorrow. I am going to try to hit all the stores during the 2 weeks, but am wondering if any veterans have some suggestions for this novice. Other than bring lots of cash...lol.

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    I don't know how it is to travel among all the shops, I do know how it is to work at one during the shop hop...FUN! Our last one was over 3 days, and we "workers" seemed to have as much fun as the "hoppers"! The main thing I heard the "hoppers" comment on was they really had the best time when they signed up and took the tour bus that took them to all of the shops. My advice is yep, take your $$$, enjoy all the games and such, eat lots of the snacks, and have a blast!!
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    PS Let us know how it all goes for you...

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    I made a page for each shop I was going to -- it listed the name of the shop, address, phone, what kind of fabric the carry, did I like the shop/people and what I bought. I included a mapquest map of the area and directions if there were any.

    When shopping, I try to buy fabric that the LQS does not carry. In some shops, I could only find a fat quarter that I would buy, but usually I found more (my stash exploded from the shop hops). My friend and I always tried to buy at least a fat quarter as a thankyou to the shop for participating. I only remember one shop where we did not buy anything and it was because of the staff not the fabric (most of us took cameras with us to take pictures of the blocks the various shops had and this shop would not even allow us in the shop with cameras -- and they charged a fortune for their completer kits (I was not about to pay $5 for a 5"sq, and a 2 2"x5" strips). We left with our blocks and nothing else (and we were not alone).

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    I like the idea of keeping notes so I can remember where I've been (LOL) and the kind of stock each store has. I have already put some 3" squares of some fabrics that need fillers for a pattern into a small 4 X 6 photo album.

    Snacks? Oh no, I'm a junk food junkie and this could be a problem...NOT.

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    I just finished our local Shop hop. Had a great time We had 11 shops and 10 days to hit them. We do not have a bus system or charter for this. I did it in 2 1/2 days, 698 miles. This year I drove it all by myself. My hopping partner came down with the flu. Take lots of cold water, a list and samples of fabric you want to match up, a note pad to record what you can find where, Get a business card from each shop. Take a snack, cell phone, A Garmin, unless you know the area very well, a lot of farm fields are between these towns, not a lot a people. I also throw in an overnite bag just incase I get to tired, sun screen, Comfy schoes to walk and drive in, sunglasses, hat, and jacket. Don't forget first aid kit and kleenex! This year I got a papercut so bad it was bleeding had an awful time getting it stoped! LOL lill drops of blood all over the place used the last of my kleenex stopping it. All I needed was one band-aid! LOL Have fun on your hop! You will meet all kinds of people and have a great time! They are all so friendly and helpful, after all they are all quilters! LOL

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    Gramie bj - I can't believe you drove all those miles alone and hit 11 quilt shops. You are my hero.

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    Gramie bj - I can't believe you drove all those miles alone and hit 11 quilt shops. You are my hero.

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    When I go to a new shop, thanks to a Shop Hop, I tell them such when I arrive, and ask them what their special/unique features are. It's their chance to give me their tour and intro, and believe me, it's usually a very "royal" tour! Plus, if there are special giveaways or sales for Shop Hoppers, that doesn't get missed.

    I go with a "mission"! That might be to purchase fabric for a specific project, or to learn about specific techniques, etc.

    The month-long one this summer, my mission was the 4-B's ... Borders, Bindings, Battings and Backings. By telling them what my mission was, I was shown/told lots more than I'm sure I would have discovered on my own in many of the shops. It really is worthwhile to talk it up!

    Note that the mission was not directly to purchase items. And guess what, none of the stores seemed to pressure me about that. Of course, some fabric and notions did follow me home, though what did, was with a more discerning eye, than when I used to just go without a plan of any sorts!

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    Bring a nice big shopping bag to put all your little bag purchases in. If it has a sholder strap, even better. This leaves your hands free to caress more fabric. It also prevents leaving a little bag behind. I found someone's little bag laying on a fabric display my last shop hop. I gave it to the girl at the counter but I wonder if the person ever got it back. Can you imagine trying to trace your route back to find a lost bag?

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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltE
    When I go to a new shop, thanks to a Shop Hop, I tell them such when I arrive, and ask them what their special/unique features are. It's their chance to give me their tour and intro, and believe me, it's usually a very "royal" tour! Plus, if there are special giveaways or sales for Shop Hoppers, that doesn't get missed.

    I go with a "mission"! That might be to purchase fabric for a specific project, or to learn about specific techniques, etc.

    The month-long one this summer, my mission was the 4-B's ... Borders, Bindings, Battings and Backings. By telling them what my mission was, I was shown/told lots more than I'm sure I would have discovered on my own in many of the shops. It really is worthwhile to talk it up!

    Note that the mission was not directly to purchase items. And guess what, none of the stores seemed to pressure me about that. Of course, some fabric and notions did follow me home, though what did, was with a more discerning eye, than when I used to just go without a plan of any sorts!
    Thanks for some great ideas. I think I will adopt your mission.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sunnie
    Thanks for some great ideas. I think I will adopt your mission.
    The most important part is to have FUN!!!!!!

    I have a mini-Shop Hop coming the end of October, which is my two LQS all by themselves. My mission will be the solids for a fun Mountie wall/door hanging to be prepared for Canada Day next year. In the summer shop hop I found a pattern for him, and at another store found the border fun fabric. Now just need the solids to go with it.

    Let us know how you make out!!

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    go with a friend. Take a day off. Try to go to as many as possible in one day. Start early and go to the farthest one first so you can be there when they open. Map out your route so you can travel the most efficient time and milage. If you can not go to all stores in 1 day then still go to the farthest ones first and then go to the closer ones when you have time. Good Luck and HAVE FUN!!!!!!!

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    Update - Today I visited 5 of the 6 shops. Other than the blocks and seeing each shop's completed quilt it was business as usual. No "fun", games, special shop hop deals or snacks of any kind. I enjoyed myself anyway as I got to run away from home for the day and I visited 3 shops that I had never been to before.

    Maybe because this is a highly competitive area (lots of LQSs) I found that prices were very favorable with most fabrics (very good quality/brand name) below $8.00 per yard. I came home with 6 yards of fabric, 4 fat quarters, a cone of variegated thread (for the hop's quilt) and another thread. I call that a pretty good day.

    In November there is another Shop Hop in the opposite directions...will definitely put that one on my calendar.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sunnie
    Update - Today I visited 5 of the 6 shops. Other than the blocks and seeing each shop's completed quilt it was business as usual. No "fun", games, special shop hop deals or snacks of any kind. I enjoyed myself anyway as I got to run away from home for the day and I visited 3 shops that I had never been to before.

    Maybe because this is a highly competitive area (lots of LQSs) I found that prices were very favorable with most fabrics (very good quality/brand name) below $8.00 per yard. I came home with 6 yards of fabric, 4 fat quarters, a cone of variegated thread (for the hop's quilt) and another thread. I call that a pretty good day.

    In November there is another Shop Hop in the opposite directions...will definitely put that one on my calendar.
    Glad you had fun I know I enjoy them and usually learn something even if it is not something I was planning on!

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