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Thread: Never been to JoAnn's - What am I missing?

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    Sorry but there isn't one close and I've just never had the need to go to JoAnn's. Is it crafts (like Michael's), is it fabric (like Hancock's)? Are the discounts better than anyone else's? Convince me I need to go.

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    If you happen to be going near one for other reasons, you will probably want to check it out, but meanwhile you can go to their website http://www.joann.com/joann/home/home...opnavlink=true and see a pretty good sampling.

    They have a lot of crafts, yarn, and some seasonal decor and organizing supplies, but also a pretty good selection of fabrics of all types. They are known for sending out excellent coupons, and you can get those by e-mail by signing up on the website. The coupons are good online, at least part of the time. I usually don't want to pay postage, but ordered yarn from them one time a couple of years ago and it came promptly.

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    It is like both Michaels & a fabric store. JoAnn's has seasonal items - yard ornaments, kitchen goodies (plates, etc for each season); decorations for Christmas, Easter, Valentie's Day, etc; many different craft supplies (paints, scrapbooking, knitting, etc); artificial flowers; wedding planning items; candles; vases; craft books; garment-making patterns; some quilt patterns; upholstery fabric; drapery fabric; curtain rods; foam of various sizes for seat cushions, etc; variety of batting; sewing machines; Ott lights; buttons & ribbons galore; all sorts of quilting & sewing notions; crafting plastic containers of many shapes & sizes; sewing boxes; etc.
    The fabric portion of the store has fleece, muslin, silks, flannel, and of course, cotton & poly-cotton fabric. I feel & check out the fabric carefully - some is very nice, & some is not quilt quality.
    If you do ever go to JoAnn's, go on-line first & print off their % off coupons - usually you can find 40% off one regular priced item; sometimes 10% off entire order. They also have flyers in the store, but in our area, the flyers are gone by mid-week. You can also sign up for their mailing list & receive the flyer at home.
    If you're thinking about making a trip to a JoAnn's, you may want to look at inventory on line & see if there is something you'd want.
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    Jan

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    I buy most of my notions, batting, rotary cutters (not blades as I now use Harbor Freight carpet cutting blades) quilting thread and on occasion fabric when they have their sales. I also get their discount coupons in the mail. The store caters to all types of crafters, e.g. needlecrafts, children, dressmaking, window dresings, upholstry fabric, clothing and crafting patters, seasonal home & patio decorations. I like their sewing & quilting thread selections, yet the store in Cortland has a terrible thread choice. I guess it all depends what Joann's you shop in. Whenever I need to replace something, I wait for a big sale or use a 50% off coupon. If you do not have a store close to you go online and check it out. They do have good sales especially around holidays. Oh, I almost forgot to mention, they do accept other competitors coupons in stores. Check one out if you get a chance.

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    You are missing nothing much in regards to fabric choices. Cheap staples (batting) with coupons are a plus. Sorry if I offended anyone with this opinion.

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    i will say- you are not missing anything- if you manage to find the supplies you need with never having to enter a joannes----what a lucky girl!

    can you tell- not a big fan --
    we have one- when all else fails---have to have something can not locate it anywhere else- no time to order on line- i am (forced) to go there...i get in the door- find what i need and get out...trying to get out as quickly as possible with the least amount of aggrivation-
    i've heard there are some good joannes out there- ours is not one of them- even if i only need a spool of thread it takes 20 minutes...

    if i never had to enter their doorway again- i would not feel like i was missing anything.

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    dkcowl, Ditto!

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    We just got one last fall and I'm not impressed. It's like Michaels & Hancocks put together or a downsized version of Hobby Lobby. Ours doesn't have a good cotton selection, mostly fleece, flannel & decorative. We're in the southeast, why did they send all this fleece doing down here?? :lol:

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    Not a big fan here either. Years ago they just sold fabric and sewing supplies. Now they have more crafts,flowers etc. then fabric. Was told by mamagement it cost nothing to sell crafts off the shelf but they have to pay someone to cut fabric. Sorry they feel that way.

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    i agree with the majority - its not worth a long drive.

    its good for 50% coupons on bolts of batting

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    Some of the stores are better than others....our local store is 3 miles away and it is terrible! There is a Joann Etc. (super store) about 30 miles away and they have a fantastic selection of everything but unless there is a sale, a bit pricey....

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    I do like Joann's for notions, yarn, needles etc. I went yesterday with two coupons and got some great stuff including two squeeze balls things for when my hands get stiff from knitting etc. I don't usually buy fabric there but do buy interfacing - especially when it's on sale.

    Ours is expanding over the summer. I've been to some of the big stores in Florida - wow.

    Having said all of that, I do agree with the poster that said if you can find what you need without Joann's, you shouldn't worry about what you are missing.

    I think the site can be confusing. My store is convenient - drive by it on my way to and from work. I usually do projects with my schoolkids and it's a great place to find that stuff and I get a small educator's discount.
    :)

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    I wouldn't bother with the site. The inventory online and in the store are quite different. Do sign up for their mailing list. You'll get coupons to print out sent to your email address and also sign up for the one to be mailed to your home. If you are a reseller or non-profit you can also sign up for their card which entitles you to an additional 10% off.

    I completely disagree with the opinions on the quality of the fabric. I am a professional veil maker and do purchase a lot of my lace there - but ONLY with a coupon. (Retail is a dirty word in this house!) I've gotten lots of gorgeous Indonesian batiks, silks, prints of all sorts, and I purchase my machine embroidery stabilizer there by the bolt. Look for their red dot section - fabrics marked down 50%. I shop at several Joann's because their inventory is different at each -- even though two of them are quite far away. It was well worth the trip. I filled the trunk of my car with absolutely adorable prints which I'll use for making fun summertime aprons for resale -- for under $100!

    I also shop in the home decorating section for heavy natural cotton which is great for making tea towels and aprons.

    The only way to know if Joann's is for you is to go there and take a look.

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    I think Joann's is okay. I like my closest one because the people who work there are great. They do have good sales but I think their quilting dept. could be bigger and better. They advertise panels but never have them LOL.

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    I think it depends on the store. The one closest to me I don't care for. But the one 10miles away is has more fabric selections, notions, etc.
    I also shop at LQS, but we don't have Hancocks or anything other than Joanns anymore.
    I used to love our Hancocks and never went to Joanns at that time.

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    There is a vast difference between Joann stores and the online version --- the customer service reps will even tell you that they aren't the same company! I'm not sure exactly how that works, but..... the coupons I receive in the mail and the newspaper for my local store are also good online, and the email coupons are also good in the store. Confusing, but a good coupon is a good coupon, right? :D

    I'm very fortunate to live near a Joann "ETC", and it's a very large store with lots of wonderful fabric, crafts galore, and decorating items. I can spend hours in there just wandering around. Admittedly though, I do buy more online. I usually know what I want (like scrap-booking items for making cards and projects) and I can just go to the site when it's 40% off, get an additional 15% off for my teacher discount, or free shipping. You just can't beat that kind of price! They also put their quilting notions on sale for 50% off, and I stock up for my customers so I can save them a trip!

    I have to say that it's one of my favorite stores to shop in, and one of my favorite online experiences too! :thumbup:

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    oH MY...Crafts, fabrics, threads...you name it...you must go

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    It seems the JoAnns near me has downsized their fabric side of the store quite a bit. The crafts part is taking over, especially all the seasonal plastic stuff.

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    I just love our JoAnns. I have never had a problem with the clerks or anything else. They have ok fabric. Great for wallhangings, table runners, baby quilts etc. If I am making a larger quilt I prefer the LQS fabric. They have awesome sales a good coupons. Our clerks are very knowledgable and very friendly. I guess it depends on the store.

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    I forgot one more thing - if you REALLY want to save at Joann's sign up to be a mystery shopper at www.mysteryshops.com. Depending on how desperate they are for someone to cover the shop, you'll get paid between $10-20 to shop and be reimbursed about $5 for a purchase! If you're traveling a distance to shop there, it'll cover your gas money!

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    You are not missing a thing!

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    Be sure to print some coupons, can get good deals with coupons there, some have more quilting fabrics and notions then ohters.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sew_southern
    We just got one last fall and I'm not impressed. It's like Michaels & Hancocks put together or a downsized version of Hobby Lobby. Ours doesn't have a good cotton selection, mostly fleece, flannel & decorative. We're in the southeast, why did they send all this fleece doing down here?? :lol:
    I was told several years ago that the individual stores don't get to place orders for what they need. Everything is tracked through a centralized inventory system and each store receives a shipment of what they are running short of. This being said, you would think they could separate inventory needs by region. Payless Shoes is run the same way, they are shipped whatever corporate thinks they need.

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    I feel you have to be careful and know your prices. Things tend to be much more expensive just to give them a coupon for 40% off and then the item would be about the same price you'd pay else where. The books are 40% off with coupon but I can order them off the internet for about the same price with free shipping.

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    I really prefer Joann's fabric over Hancocks... having said that the one they put in my town is horrible. It is not a big store... the staff is just awful - I think only a handful actually do a craft of any kind - lots of guys in there too and not a single one seems to know the difference between a pair of scissors or hole punch....

    I don't shop at LQS due to prices. I can't afford to pay double for a piece of fabric.

    When I go to Joanns I just have to know what I want and not have to ask any questions... If I do, just ask a shopper instead lol. The staff is just worthless. I suspect that our store will fail within a year. It's a real shame.

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