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Thread: New and Full Price? or Dated and On Sale? or "Thrift" ?

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    New and Full Price? or Dated and On Sale? or "Thrift" ?

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/main-f1...c-t287926.html

    This is sort of a spin-off from the above thread.

    Which type of shopper are you for fabric?

    Do you buy when a fabric line first comes out and you "want it now" and pay full price?

    Do you wait for sales or shop the lower priced outlets (fabric warehouse, etc.)

    Do you mind waiting until your LQS has a sale or puts some fabric on clearance?

    Do you shop "big box" stores? (I have seen very decent fabric at some of them)

    Do you shop thrift shops and yard sales?


    I am now a yard/garage sale shopper. I have great "won't power" when a fabric is full-priced. When it is something I like at a yard sale and it is really priced inexpensively ($1.00 or less) - I go crazy!

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    I don't do much thrift shop or yard sales for fabric because there is almost never anything usable here. I don't "do" fabric lines, or follow any particular designer. I buy fabric that pleases me, usually with a plan in mind, not "just because". And I shop wherever I can find what I want. If that ONE shade of red I need happens to get found at Walmart and is decent quality, I'm BUYING it there! I am not nor ever will be a fabric snob. And I don't buy pre-cuts as a general rule. Had some gifted to me and I'm STILL trying to figure out what to do with them! Drives me nuts.

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    I am on the fabric moratorium thread on the QB so purchasing fabric is a luxury any more. I try to support the LQS but also buy at Joann. Generally, I buy now to supplement a project or fit in some missing pieces or backing.

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    With me it all depends. I debated on purchasing some fabric a couple years ago. I bought 2 1/2 yds. of it. I was glad I did. It was gone 2 weeks later. I still have some left over. Same way at other sales. A LQS near me is having a retirement sale. Much of the fabric has been picked over. A lot of panels left but I'm not a big panels type gal. I have to be looking for a certain type. I usually have something specific in mind when I shop.

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    I'm definitely a thrift store/ yard sales shopper as a rule! It's amazing what you can find on the right day, at the right time! I wish I could support LQS and buy brand new, but raising a young family on one income has made me appreciate our grandmothers who quilted with what they had on hand. My MIL gives me anything she isn't using, so that has been a great help for my stash.

    I don't really do fabric lines, but in the past I have splurged and bought a charm pack of fabric lines.

    I watch on-line stores for sales, but generally convince myself that I can manage without when they do have a sale.... Sigh! (The joys of being tight-fisted!)
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    Its not "tight-fisted", its "frugal shopping"! My brother tells me I pinch pennies so hard I make Lincoln squeal.

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    I am not a just because buyer. Unless a piece just really strikes me that I must have and will find a use for it later. I also don't stick with a line of fabrics. I prefer to mix and match from wherever I find what I am like looking for. As for yard sales, I have never had luck there. But, I have friends that do find goods for me. They don't sew but know I will use the fabrics somewhere. Love those friends.

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    I am trying to only purchase fabric that is needed to supplement what I have. But, if I really, really like it I will buy it. I have purchased my stash at the LQS, online, and at garage sales. I try to only buy on sale.
    I have a few favorite lines of fabric that I like. I usually mix them in with stash fabrics.
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    I tend to buy fabric I fall in love with. I love to shop my local quilt store, with a coupon or a sale but have also been known to walk in and buy a bunch of coordinating fabrics full price because I loved them sooooo much!

    i buy a lot of fabric at garage sales too. Many good deals are found there and I have quite a stash of 30s fabrics from sales.

    I recently bought about 25-30 yards at Hobby Lobby because there were gobs of coordinating fabrics marked down to $4 and less per yard.

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    I get what catches my eye, when I have a few $$ to spare. No yard sales, or the like because no car. I do love shopping online. I hit a few buttons and a package comes to my house.
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    I frugal shop and very rarely buy full price unless it is very specific and very important... rarely pay "full price"

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    I don't even remember the last time I bought at full retail... I alway am happy to wait until fabrics go on clearance. The time difference between when a fabric line is brand new and when it will go out of print is about the same as the time it will sit in my stash before I use it... so what's the rush?

    I live 6.5 hours away from Marshall's Dry Goods but I make at least two trips a year to go shop there. It's so much fun to dig through their flat folds and come away with great, but discontinued, LQS quality fabric for $3, and $4-5 on the bolt. Not all their fabric is LQS quality, but enough of it is that I keep going back.

    I do a lot of charity quiltmaking, so I am always on the hunt for reasonably priced but good fabrics to use. I also buy my battings at Marshall's, on huge rolls.

    I don't see much good fabric at estate sales, but when I do I snap it up. Cool vintage cottons are like treasure to me!
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    I try not to buy fabric just for the sake of buying anymore. Too many times it either gets put away and never used or it is short of what I need. So now I buy fabric to supplement what I need in a quilt. Except when it comes to kids fabric - I now buy enough to make a pillow case, so if it doesn't go into a quilt it can become a pillow case. And if I find a really cute panel, I can at least make a baby quilt and donate it.

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    I am a compulsive fabric shopper, as in see something and buy it paying no attention to the price per yard. Unfortunately my non- frugal habits may become a problem with my husband retiring soon. I rarely buy from thrift stores or big box stores.
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    Good topic...I've always wondered what most people do! Since I got back into quilting about 10 years ago, I've rarely paid full retail for my fabric. I tend to pick up fabric, on sale, online, as I don't have a local quilt shop, the closest being over an hour away and selling at Cdn prices . I've got a fair collection of fabric bought on spec, fat quarter bundles, a few JR's and some yardage when I've hit a super sale and now my purchases are limited to neutrals, backgrounds and the one piece I need to go with something already in my stash to come up with a quilt. Same with batting, pick it up on sale as with other notions. If I had to pay full price for my fabric etc., I'd be able to make one or two quilts per year. This way I have the added challenge of hunting up that perfect pattern for the stash I have and making most of my gifts with fabric I have on hand, plus donating quilts and quilting locally. Win Win in my books!

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    I buy what speaks to me. I've been going to the fabric outlet lately and some beautiful fabrics have talked their way into my cart! There are two LQS within 10 miles, one is very modern focused, the other one has tons of batiks. I've only been to those a couple of times. Joann's gets a fair share of my money, and a few online purchases. I've never had any luck at garage sales.

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    I usually buy with a project in mind and have a couple of online stores that are cheaper and have good sales. Recently, however, after finishing up a quilt I realized that my neutrals have gotten sparse, so ordered a bunch of clearance fabrics from CT to round them out. My new favorite place is the thrift store...vintage sheets, fabric, and any piece from the linens section that can be deconstructed and repurposed.

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    I buy a lot at garage sales, and that is how I support my LQS. A few weeks ago I found a wonderful sale of high quality fabric still in original LQS bags or otherwise marked. The seller is a loyal LQS buyer, and since I cleared out some of her fabric, she now has the space for more and will be running to the LQS to restock her supply.

    To me the fun challenge in quilting is making something nice out of things that I find on the secondary market. My stash is plenty big, and I am usually patient enough to wait until I find just the right fabrics to go with what I have at garage sale prices.

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    I have never bought at garage sales or thrift shops because I managed a LQS and I was working so had $$ to pay full price minus my discount. After working 10 yrs there I acquired quite a large stash of quality fabric. So now that I am retired and $$ is not as abundant as it was before I only buy when I don't have a particular color to finish a project that was started from my stash. When I have to match something I go to the LQS and have to pay full price for what I need. Paid $21.50 for 2 yds of a green Elizabeth Studio collection, and that was with my friends discount. Now I am waiting for that friend to get 2 yds of Moda Marbles to finish a quilt that I started 10 yrs ago, so will have to pay full price.

    I now buy from Fabric.com and other internet sites, especially for wide backs to finish quilts that I have make from my stash. I don't go to LQS anymore..don't need to.

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    I start with a pattern that I want to make and buy fabric for that pattern. Sometimes the pattern calls for a specific fabric line and because I want that look, I buy the new line. If it doesn't call for a fabric line, I look for the fabric I want at the best price whether it is at the LQS or online. I don't have much stash as a result of the way I buy and I am happy with that. I usually give pieces of fabric I decide not to use, or fabric left over to my daughter-in-law. I know I am in the minority or even a rarity, but it works for me.

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    A huge portion of my stash has come from garage sales, Craigslist ads and thrift stores. Another big portion of it came from an online store that was going out of business a few years ago, I bought 50yds @$2yd. Then there's online store clearance and regular sales, JoAnns, Walmart, Hobby Lobby, and my favorite LQS. I'm an equal opportunity stash enhancer, lol.

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    I've never seen fabric at a yard sale or thrift store.....I use what I have and supplement it when needed.

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    I buy at a thrift store in my area if it is cotton. I don't need it because if I live to 100 I won't be able to sew what I have but I can't resist the urge to buy it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Genden View Post
    I start with a pattern that I want to make and buy fabric for that pattern. Sometimes the pattern calls for a specific fabric line and because I want that look, I buy the new line. If it doesn't call for a fabric line, I look for the fabric I want at the best price whether it is at the LQS or online. I don't have much stash as a result of the way I buy and I am happy with that. I usually give pieces of fabric I decide not to use, or fabric left over to my daughter-in-law. I know I am in the minority or even a rarity, but it works for me.
    This is what I do as well. First, I don't have room for a stash. Second, I'm not overly creative on my own and prefer to start with a pattern of some sort in mind. I do over-buy for that given pattern and will hang on to some larger pieces for small projects or test blocks but otherwise give my leftovers to another local quilter who is far more creative and prolific than I am. True 'scraps' I'll give to others.

    My tastes change frequently and I'd hate to have fabrics hanging around that ultimately fall into the 'what was I thinking' category or the 'why didn't I buy more of this' category.

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    I did respond to the thread mentioned above. There is a lot of interest in this question. Another concept that I seem to get involved in fairly often is trading fabric with quilting friends. I am always up to giving pieces I have to a friend if it fits her needs. And, I sometimes shop in their stash for something I need. It is fun and a very social thing to do. I love to share with friends. We also borrow rulers from each other. Because I am quick to loan mine, I do not hesitate to ask if I can borrow one. This is true of books and patterns also.

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