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    Moda Warehouse

    I've been reading about people going to the Moda 'warehouse' and buying fabric. I love Moda fabrics, I've discovered that I have one within driving distance. So here are my questions:

    Do I have to by a whole bolt, or can i BBY?
    Is it a better price than what I will pay for it at my LQS or Hancocks(they have a tiny moda selection)?

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    NEVER MIND...ANSWERED MY OWN QUESTION...lol
    Last edited by Shana; 09-11-2012 at 08:49 AM.

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    Wow - that would be a dream shopping trip for me - I would think you would need a business license for access? But I don't know - I will be interested to find out what happens.

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    Where are the Moda Warehouses located? I just tried to google it and also tried the Moda website.

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    I think the Moda warehouse is in Dallas where their headquarters is located. Haven't heard of any other location..

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    So where is the one within driving distance in E. TX? And do you have to buy the whole bolt?
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    have to buy wholesale...going to check into options...

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    Yes, it is Dallas, I'm only 150 miles away ...i was told there was one near Atlanta and another one in California, but I couldn't find them listed. I have a call into the Customer Service Desk about non-retail wholesale purchases, but my next move is to approach my LQS and see if they would see to me at cost, since I'm wanting specific bolts to use on quilts that are auctioned off to support a 501(c)3 non-profit dog rescue so the 'profit' they are giving away would be tax deductable. I don't need it free, although that would be grand...just much cheaper than retail lol

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    hmmm... profit that is not made is not tax deductible. Still, I think the LQS might be willing to help you out. You might also contact the warehouse and ask if they will sell to a non-profit directly.

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    You do have to set up an account, I am not sure what the parameters are. I do know that if you do not have a "House" account (what shops have) and you go with just a tax id you have I believe a $250 minimum. Everything is on bolts and yes you do have to buy the whole bolt. It is not like a retail store, they don't have people to help you. The people working in there are pulling orders and getting them ready to ship out to Shops.

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    By the way their name is United Notions, that might help you to find them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dunster View Post
    hmmm... profit that is not made is not tax deductible.
    The way our CPA explained it, any company who provides us a service or item, either at cost or free of charge, can claim the retail amount as a 'donation' or charitable giving. So while a bolt of Moda may wholesale for $4 a yard my LQS retails it for $10.25 so they would get a charitable giving tax deduction for $102.50 assuming they gave it to me free of charge. If I paid the whole say cost for it they would get a $62.50 deduction.

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    Quiltstringz is correct, you have to be a business, can buy wholesale and have to buy by the bolt. It is a huge warehouse/shipping place.
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    I know they sell shorts which is fabrics less than a bolt in folded pieces. A friend of mine bought that way and brought it home and put it on bolts to sell.

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    Don't go in the summer, it's hot as satan's pit in there! We used to go in shorts and tank tops with a huge water bottle! (Partner and I when I first bought into my quilt shop. We lived in Plano where summers are often high 90s and frequently over 100 degrees. Sucks the air right out of your lungs when you step outside, I tell ya!)

    It's a warehouse, hot, dusty, so-so lighting, limited selection *sometimes*. You are not likely to find new collections for 'open buying'....they are often set aside for pre-ordered shipments.

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    All are correct except for the AC! It is air conditioned yes, you have to buy the entire bolt, yes you have to buy multiples. For example, rulers are generally sold in bundles of 3 so you have to buy 3 of the exact same ruler! They are very strict with the $250 minimum! I have a house account if you'd like to go sometime.
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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltyfeelings View Post
    All are correct except for the AC! It is air conditioned yes, you have to buy the entire bolt, yes you have to buy multiples. For example, rulers are generally sold in bundles of 3 so you have to buy 3 of the exact same ruler! They are very strict with the $250 minimum! I have a house account if you'd like to go sometime.
    That is a generous offer! Wow.

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    I don't wish to LIVE in TX, but it would be nice to shop there.

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    We used to buy bolts wholesale from a fabric wholesaler in Boston (NOT a manufacturer). They were easy to work with, I seem to remember $2.00 a yard ( this was a LONG time ago!) -- anyway a wholesaler might be another option.

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    I use to have a fabric store before my Mom got sick. She started the store in 1962 and I bought it from her in 1983. We had always been very good customers of United Notions. I always loved their products. They shipped well and were a good company to deal with. When Mom got to where she need me more in the the late 90's, I was struggling to keep the shop open and deal with her illness at the same time. I got a letter from UN saying that I would probably be better off buying retail since my purchases were so small, but I could still buy from them, if my purchases were at least $250. I finally had to close in 2002 to take care of her full time and have not made a purchase from them since. If you have a valid tax # and can buy $250 I am sure they will welcome your business. I am sure the $250 Min. is to make it worth while to pay an employee to pull the order, pack and ship it to you. UN is one of the largest notions and fabric wholesale warehouses there is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ptquilts View Post
    We used to buy bolts wholesale from a fabric wholesaler in Boston (NOT a manufacturer). They were easy to work with, I seem to remember $2.00 a yard ( this was a LONG time ago!) -- anyway a wholesaler might be another option.
    I don't think Moda will be $2 yd. and it has been a looooong time since I have seen any fabric wholesale for $2 yd. Oh how I long for those prices again. With the price of cotton as it is, I think those days are gone.

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    I would be in serious trouble if they had a warehouse within 200 miles from where I live. My studio would look like a LQS with bolts of fabric all on shelves.

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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltyfeelings View Post
    All are correct except for the AC! It is air conditioned
    FABULOUS! That's new since my days there; I'm sure the workers are happier!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ptquilts View Post
    We used to buy bolts wholesale from a fabric wholesaler in Boston (NOT a manufacturer). They were easy to work with, I seem to remember $2.00 a yard ( this was a LONG time ago!) -- anyway a wholesaler might be another option.
    How long ago and where were they??? Can you tell I live in the Boston area?
    Thanks, Cathy

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    Quote Originally Posted by QM View Post
    I don't wish to LIVE in TX, but it would be nice to shop there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cmw0829 View Post
    How long ago and where were they??? Can you tell I live in the Boston area?
    Thanks, Cathy
    They were in the south end, just south of Hook's Lobster, if that is still there. There is another good place down in Pembroke. http://www.newenglandquiltsupply.com/

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