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Thread: quilt shops closing

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    we have a lot of quilt shops closing in my area (western Mass.)
    also Walmart's fabrics just dissapeared .
    There's only three left in a 20mi radius :( used to be 7 ) I guess I have been spoiled !! I'm going to miss all the options I had before .

    I hope things don't get worse , with the economy and the quilt shops don't survive !!

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    the little shop near me closed about a month ago. she said she was retiring. Good time to do it. :?

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    Amazing our quilt shops here are thriving.

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    I had a wonderful experience at one of our local shops the other day - one of my long arm quilter friends met up with her customer in the shop, and we got to see the first reactions to the work that was done on her quilt! The quilter was telling us how she felt such a family connection to quilting because of her grandmothers, how she was reproducing some of those quilts from the 1800's, and how excited she was that this particular quilt would be in our local quilt show this year.

    Then everyone loaded up into their cars to head over to another quilt shop, who's owner was this quilter's mentor - all so this quilt could be shared.

    It reminded me that there is a closeness, a connection to be made in local quilt shops that just isn't there (to me) in mass merchandise stores. Not a trip goes by that I'm not asked what I'm working on and when I'm going to bring it in for a 'show and tell.' Don't get me wrong, I love my online shops too :wink: but the trips into my local shops really feed my soul :)

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    Location, Location, Location. This is so true for quilt/fabric shops.

    One here in town is not in the best area, hard to find and the shop itself is dark and not decorated to be cozy or bright. The other one has terrible parking, hard to cross busy front street. All you see when you walk in is sewing machines for sale, then the fabric in the back. Both shops are not doing so great getting the customers in. Another quilt shop about 40 min away is booming. The shop looks like a quilt shop, lots of displays, fabric sections by color and type, easy access and plenty of large parking spaces. And the machines and long arms for sale are in the back rooms. I will drive the 40 min to shop there as many others in town do too.

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    Well, Loretta - you'll just have to come for a visit now won't you :wink: Believe me, I realize just how truly blessed I am to have quite a few shops around and want to keep them!

    (shhh...I have 26 yards of Red Rooster coming in the mail this week :lol: )

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    i think a lot of people shop online now because the prices are so reasonable instead of shopping locally.


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    I hope the shop near me doesn't close, I have only the LQS and Jo-Ann's to choose from....


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    Mary,

    Im in Randolph MA, and we have the same problem. there were 2 quilt shops ad a huge store called The Fabric Place close to me that closed. I just found another in Franklin Mass a few weeks back so I now go there.

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    It's like with alot of little businesses, quilting or otherwise....sort of a catch22 situation really....people want to pay the prices they can get over the internet (as most of them have relatively no overhead) but they also want the commaraderie of a local quilt shop.

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    Hey Mary,

    Which shops are closing in Western Mass. I live in Ma as well, and was just curious which ones were closing so I didn't make the trip. My guild enjoys going on road trips. I live in Central Ma.

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    Which shops are closing in Western Mass. I live in Ma as well, and was just curious which ones were closing so I didn't make the trip. My guild enjoys going on road trips. I live in Central Ma.
    Valley Farics in Northampton is closing

    Calico fabrics - closed

    Quabbin Quilts , Belchertown -Closed

    Textile in Greenfield is open and great ! and Southamton quilts ( in Southampton ) , another great place is still going strong !

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    Yes, I just got the email about Valley Fabrics
    Knew about Quabbin because they vended at our guild meetings a couple of times.
    Didn't know about Calico. Been to Textile, never to Southampton. Will have to go there.

    Have you been to Marden's in Sanford Maine. GREAT place.

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    If you're in Massachusetts, then you might already know that when Wal-Mart decided to stop carrying fabric in most of their stores, that was the death blow for VIP fabrics, as far as doing the printing in their Massachusetts plant. I was fortunate enough to get a tour of their plant last summer, and was so sad to hear the news that they will only be printing overseas after next month. They had a wonderful crew of people there, some of whom I had the privilege of meeting.

    The good news is that their VIP and Quilting Treasures lines are still available, and should be the same quality as always... just... not printed here anymore.

    P.S. the tour was absolutely fascinating!

    NY Nancy
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    Yes Sandi I have !! it is great !! Have you been to ( one of my fav's )Country Treasues in Chester , VT . ?
    or A notion to Quilt , Mohawk Trail in Shelburne, MA. ?
    or Tala's Quilt Shop in North Adams ?

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    Wow, I am from Greenfield and have only been to a couple of the shops listed. I am writing down all the ones still open so when I visit this fall I can shop. Thanks!

    Marie

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    Quote Originally Posted by Roben
    Well, Loretta - you'll just have to come for a visit now won't you :wink: Believe me, I realize just how truly blessed I am to have quite a few shops around and want to keep them!

    (shhh...I have 26 yards of Red Rooster coming in the mail this week :lol: )
    26 yards? Sorry, I may have missed something. Do you have a store?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mplsgirl
    26 yards? Sorry, I may have missed something. Do you have a store?
    That depends on if you're asking me or DH :lol:

    Nancy, I'm sad to hear the news about VIP Fabrics - sad, but not surprised. Doing business with WM has done that to companies.

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    We had 1 close in our area and it is sad to see. I can say that I spend less then half of what I was spending a month last year...and, I don't see any sympathy from our fabric people...the prices just keep going up around us here. Now, I am espec buying only what is necessary. Even the 'sales' aren't good sales...Skeat

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    Many quilt shops in Jersey have closed in the past few years. My nearest shops are about an hour away either north or south of me. Joanne's is about 1/2 hour away but I usually use my coupons for threads, notions, etc. there. There is a Walmart 1/2 hour away but they have limited fabrics.

    This is one of the reasons I bring a written list with me when I got to Lancaster PA for the quilt show in March. I try to stock up on basics, wide backings and fabrics for new projects while there. I get top quality fabrics at great prices and we hit almost every shop in the area, and a few on the way home too. From time to time I've ordered on line but really like to see and feel fabrics before I purchase them. What's missing at Joanne's, Walmart and online is the advice you can get at your local quilt shops.

    With our quilting addiction we'll always find a way to buy more fabric, LOL! May in Jersey


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    We have way too many LQSs in our area (Twin Cities, MN) for the smaller shops to remain viable. Within a 20-25 minute drive from my house I can think of 8, and that doesn't include the 3 that have closed the last 12 months or so. After my favorite LQS closed (where I learned to quilt and still do the quilt retreats with the ladies) about 4 years ago, I still haven't found that place to call home. There is one shop that is really close to fulfilling that spot in my soul, but it hasn't happened yet!!

    It is sad that the shops are closing. I am guilty of buying actual yardage from Joanns better fabrics and paying at 40% off rather than $9 a yard at my LQS. I do go to a few shops often to rummage through their clearance sections though!

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    Lisa, I miss The Fabric Place too. I used to stop at the one in Randolph MA and one in Rhode Island whenever we visited family in MA but they both closed. We should be up in MA at the end of the month and will see if I can squeeze in a visit to the one in Franklin. May in Jersey

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    If local quilt shops are going to stay open, we are going to have to support them with PURCHASES! A couple fat quarters now and then is not going to do it! When I read some of the posts here (not this string), I read a lot of "oh I found a ruler for $1 less at Wal-Mart" or "Wal-Mart has fabric for $2 a yard" - whatever. Certainly, I don't want to be ripped off, price-wise, but the ONLY way local shops even have a fighting chance is if we buy THEIR products! Come to class with fabric you purchased at THEIR store. Not everyone can find everything they need at one store, but do your best to find it at your local store - it may make all the difference!

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    What a shame losing the quilt shops in Western MA. We lived in Amherst for a few years and I know it's pretty lean pickings out there.

    We have a wonderful store up here in Maine called Marden's. They have a large fabric department with fabrics all under $4 per yard. Buses of ladies come down from Canada to shop the various Marden's stores.

    I've never been thrilled with Wal-Mart materials and heard they were closing down that department two years ago. I know our local store doesn't have much variety so I guess they will be next.


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    Material is so expensive at some to the quilt shops. 8 dollars a yard.. ouch.. so, I guess as we all look for less expensive fabrics, we help this sad "store closing."

    Praying for an up swing in economy.
    Ell

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