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    Senior Member Beth33's Avatar
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    There is a quilt shop 1 block from my house, and the owner is so rude and nasty that, even though it would save me shipping costs, I buy online rather than give her my business.

    Only in an emergency would I give her a penny.

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    Beth I know what you mean, why do they have to be s rude. There is 1 in my town and I will NOT go there because of that problem. I drive about 30 miles or 70 to go to one, they are so nice and encouraging. To bad it is not like that in the town I live.

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    Like Fabric-Fun, I live in an area with lots of choices. I have three favorites pretty close by - in a kind of triangular pattern, map wise. I consider three of the owners friends, two belong to the same guild as I do. The other I consider a pleasant acquaintance. I love their shop. They each have a little different spin and I really do try not to patronize them as much during a sale since I do want them to stay in business. (But I am not above having my purchases kept track of on a punch card to reap a discount in the future).
    I have other favorites that are farther away. There are only two that I avoid because of the atmosphere - mentioned in other posts - unfriendliness. They don't know how much I could have spent had I felt differently but I do this with any kind of shop not just the quilt shops.
    It is true that when I go to one of these shops, I am warmly greeted and treated with interest and respect.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fussycut
    What about the time you needed help with a particular technique-local quilt shop to the rescue. What about the time you needed to learn something new-local quilt shop to the rescue. What about the time you just want to escape the day to day stress of everyone's life-quilt shop to the rescue. Who will help you figure out yardage and make pattern modifications?
    You must have a dream quilt shop to go to. :shock:
    Shops like that are few and far between from my past experiences.

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    I support a local quilt shop to the extent that I can financially. I go there for a sit and stitch day out, my only day out during the week, I buy a $10.00 magazine every month, and others as they catch my interest. Have taken FMQ classes because they offered them on Saturday. Would go to other activities if I did not care for an 18 mo old great grandson. I don't however buy very much fabric because of the price. If there is a sale, I buy; if there is something I just have to have for a special quilt, I buy; but to satisfy my fabric addition I go to a Fabric Outlet that has good fabrics but last years designs. That doesn't matter to me. If I can buy moda for $2.50 to $3.50 a yard instead of $9.99 a yard, I will. It just makes sense.

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    I buy from my LQS when they have a really good sale going on. The prices are about $8.50 to $9.50 a yard regular. They are also about 30 to 40 minutes from where I live. I have a very modest quilt budget and have to make my dollar go as far as I can.

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    The quilt police have an office at my LQS. Needless to say, I only go there when I am desperate. I drive a little further to go to a friendly, helpful LQS.

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    I gladly support the LQS that I go to. I spend on what I need...and then some things that I don't need, as well. They are always very friendly and helpful. In fact, when my daughter was making her wool coat as a 4H project and the lady who was helping her had a family emergency, the owner of the LQS gave me her cell number and told me to call her if we needed any assistance....and that was for over a holiday weekend! We didn't need her, but the offer was very appreciated by me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gollytwo
    I mainly buy on line as my LQS has mostly fabric that doesn't interest me.
    I do shop 3 LQS in NH when I'm in their areas: Quilters Workshop in Newport and Quilted Threads in Henniker. Both have an abundance of fabulous fabric.
    Their staff are wonderful women, but I'd shop there anyway.
    Frank's in Claremont has mostly last year's lines (fine by me), at well discounted prices. They are also nice people.

    I go to shops, however, for the fabric; not breaking bread nor marrying them, so attitude is really immaterial to me.
    Golly,
    Thank you! I thought I was the only one here that didn't care how friendly the staff is at a quilt shop. In fact, I hate when they keep asking me if I need help or chatting at me. I really want to look at the fabric and think about which would be best for me. I feel better knowing I am not alone.

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    I went to a Local quilt shop a few weeks ago, and the owner and 2 employers couldn't even say hi to me, was in the store for 30 minutes or so, walked out and said they are not getting my $$$, how sad!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by craftybear
    I went to a Local quilt shop a few weeks ago, and the owner and 2 employers couldn't even say hi to me, was in the store for 30 minutes or so, walked out and said they are not getting my $$$, how sad!!!!
    So much for "making local habit"!!

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    I agree with Polly on the price I wish to pay. I know that LQS need support and I am sure they get plenty. I have two near me, just found the second by meeting a lady at Joanns. I went there and was given the tour of the shoppe and it was a wonderful shoppe. The lady that did the tour was sweet and helpful, but I will say there was one at the front counter that was sour, I don't know if it was that time of "month" or just her personality. That is a turnoff on having to deal with her in the future. I plan to return again and search out on my own, fabrics and class information and see how I feel of the reception. Todays times we have to be watchful of what we spend and what we get for our dollars. It is not to say We all would not wish to buy the finest and stitch away, but for many that is not the case, so it is important to remember that, when this line of topic is presented. The main goal of quilting is to enjoy making and whatever one uses to accomplish that goal is what matters. So please keep in mind the sensitivity of putting a price on fine, finer and finest quality of quilting. We all are here to enjoy each other and learn and to be a family. Happy quilting everyone :)

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    We pay a lot for fabric here, some LQS (those that remain) often sell fabric for $25.00 per metre, there's no way I can justify spending that kind of money. I love quilting and I do give my custom to LQS when I can, for needles,and suchlike. Fabric, I like to buy a large variety and need to source at the best price possible. I am not shy about recycling, estate sales, auctions and carpark markets.

    I'm trying not to be hard hearted here, but there are some people who just have no idea how to run a business...I have lost count of the people who have set up a "dream business" to have it close in less than 2 years. Sure they have a passion for whatever it is..fabrics, books, restaurants, but have no clue about the actual day to day running costs and basic business practice. It is sad when a lovely little business closes, but most times, people just can't afford to support them.

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    I love my LQS ... and do my best to support them (Best Friends Quilt Shop in Cincinnati OH). I just found them back in Jan/Feb of this year ... I've learned alot from them in a short period of time, and all the folks ... from the owner to her staff to the folks who shop there ... are friendly and helpful. I can not say anything bad about that store ... nothing but positive reviews here!

    In regards to being friendly ... for newbies like me ... it helps ... as first we're already nervous when we go in, two we're looking for encouragement and support and a push in the correct direction ...

    I don't like folks to hover when I'm looking/shopping, but I sure do like it if I ask for assistance that a shop cares enough to take the time to help me.

    Just my two cents worth!

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    Ya know - I've been reading so much about fabric price increases, but I'm really not seeing it. I'm in Florida, the central west coast just below Tampa, and I do support (way, way too much according to my husband) my local quilt shops. Just went to one yesterday - they had just moved into a bigger space - and I didn't see ANY increase in the price of fabric there. Everything is still hanging right around $9.25 to $10.00 a yard. The same holds true for 2different LQS stores that I was in during the past week. I realize that is much more than when walmart carried fabric, but the quality is way, way better too. I am however seeing increases in prices at Hancocks and JoAnne's, and the quality of the fabrics they carry is also no where near as good as the fabric in the LQS's. I ALWAYS support the Quilt Shops. I SO wish I owned one!!!

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    You said it right - my quilt shop has been a great support group as well as place to get things. Not all shops are considered equal, but find one you like and it becomes a refuge.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sharon b
    Funny you should post this today . I was out of town today and had the chance to stop by a LQS, just not mine. Make sense. It was very pretty and the fabric was yummy :mrgreen: And on some, the prices probably 50 cents cheaper than MY LQS. Maybe they knew I wasn't from around there I don't know , but just not friendly . So as I looked and pondered .... nope walked out without buying even a fat quarter :roll: I will spend my money locally at MY LQS :lol: :thumbup:

    And this is not the first time I have stopped by this store , and the first time just not friendly either.

    So it does pay to get known at "your" LQS
    My LQS has an additude too....If your local and don't spend alot you get "the look"...I do buy at other shops at a distance but I don't like the additude I get locally

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    Interesting thread! My LQS is absolutely wonderful, and a fun place to visit. They have wonderful quilts on display, guild meetings, classes, great conversation! It is a great place to problem solve and receive wonderful advice. I learned long ago to value the quality materials with all the work and time that goes into a major project. Also, I think with quality materials and threads etc, it goes better along the way. I live in Ocean Springs MS, and our LQS just moved to a new location and should be wonderful when they get settled in the space. They warmly greet their regular customers, and also any visitors that stop by. The other day there was a woman and her daughter from Washington State in the store. I would love to visit other quilt stores when I travel, but MANY of the small LQS are not wheel chair accessible, and I am disappointed when I track them down!

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    I think any shop or business you go into should treat you nice andwith respect. I know some people might not care about how they are treated in a LQS, but would you go to an unfriendly resturaunt? If no one said hi, or smiled at you, and walked around like they were doing YOU a favor? I sure wouldnt.
    My LQS's are nice, the ladies at least greet you and smile!
    One of them though, is about ten miles away, and twice I have stopped there on Saturday afternoons, and they were closed. Both times it was around 1 o clock, and they are supposed to be open til 2. I called, and they just said, HMMMM, I dont know WHAT happened? I wasted gas and time going there,so I wont go again before calling, lol!

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    Local Quilt Store HUH! I was thrilled to learn that we had a Quilting/Fabric store opening right in my little town. Before the opening of this store, the closest was an hour drive away.I am truly addicted to fabric. Shopping in an actual store is the best! Had high hopes for the store. The owner is a very friendly older woman, but sometimes seems quite confused if too many people are in the store. She doesn't answer questions, usually saying; "Oh I don't know". It is a mom and daughter operation, but the daughter is more "behind" the scene Tech person. Four times I have been in this store, four times I have spent money. The last time I was in the store, they were having a sale. I live right on the main st in town, where they are also located, and I had no idea about the sale. I asked where they advertised. The owners were both there and they told me that it was sent out in a email. I have signed their guest book, twice, left all the right info, spoke to the computer tech daughter and gave her my email and still can not get information on sales. It has become a hang out for quilt guild members, which I do not belong to and when they are there sitting around the tables, it's impossible to get any help. They are usually sitting around looking at new fabric lines coming out, talking amongst themselves and eating. I needed fabric cut and one of the woman got up to cut it without wiping her hands off! I had to ask her to and she gave me a horrible look as if I offended her. I would rather do my business online where I am informed of the good sales, received regular correspondence and find friendly, welcoming people like in this group. I certainly don't get it at the store. So after my many attempts at trying to get info from this store and not receiving any, I am left with the feeling that they don't need my business.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BellaBoo
    Quote Originally Posted by fussycut
    What about the time you needed help with a particular technique-local quilt shop to the rescue. What about the time you needed to learn something new-local quilt shop to the rescue. What about the time you just want to escape the day to day stress of everyone's life-quilt shop to the rescue. Who will help you figure out yardage and make pattern modifications?
    You must have a dream quilt shop to go to. :shock:
    Shops like that are few and far between from my past experiences.
    I must be lucky then, because there are many LQS within an hour's drive of my house. For me, how I am treated in the LQS makes a world of difference. I will spend money that I don't have in an LQS if they treat me well. The only quilt shop I have ever felt unwelcomed in was clear across the country in Seattle, WA.

    All the LQS here are wonderful. My home LQS offers midnight quilter classes and I take them as often as possible. I can definitely get help with a modifying a pattern, color help, yardage help. They help all their customers with anything they need. :)

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    I must be lucky, too. Not only do I have a half dozen shops that are great within an hour's drive, if I go another half hour out there are too many to count! So if I find less than friendly, excellent service, I just don't go back to that particular one (well, unless I am already next to it for some other reason).

    Poodlemom,where are you? Some folks call this area upstate NY, some call it western NY.

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    I set myself a budget before I walk in the lqs. I only buy what I am after and then allow myself 1 or 2 yards of something "new." I was there the other day (hadn't been there in 6 weeks or so) and she remembered my son was in an accident, asked about him and the table runners I had been working on for FDIL's shower.

    It's that personal service that goes a long way.

    BTW- we talked and I said I made it under budget by a few dollars. I said it's my "beer and cigarette" money since I do not partake of either. She agreed and said as long as it doesn't cut into the chocolate chip cookie money we're OK. :)

    My other lqs is spectacular too. Customer service above and beyond- helped to buy some batting with a substantial savings. I love going there. I think she probably thinks I have an addiction since she lets me wander aimlessly forever. :)

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    I generally drive by two LQS to get to another one across town. The two I pass by have horrible service. For example, I was looking specifically for ANY book on Jelly Roll quilts, and a worker at the closest shop didn't even know if they had any books on Jelly Rolls, and could not bother to look around with me even though I was the only one in the shop! The other one I drive by always tries to sell me something that I don't want. Once I went there to find a specific ruler, and because the store didn't have any in stock, the OWNER tried to sell me something else not at all related to what I was looking for. Neither of these events was a one-time event for either store. Fortunetly, there is a fabulous quilt store across town that I go to for advice and fabric, and I always end up bying something while I am there. Once I took a quilt top in to buy some border fabric to replace the fabric I had but didn't think went well with the top. The saleslady said what I had was just fine and she would stick with that--even though it cost the store a sale! Of course, I still bought a lot of things there. Now that is the service I want to see--it sure makes a loyal customer out of me. Now, after saying all that, I still shop at a much closer Joanne's for fabric for charity quilts. I just can't afford $10 a yard for a quilt I am going to donate. But for friends and family, it is the LQS for me!!

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    I see so many people complaining about how rude and awful shop owners are but have you ever considered what kind of customer you are?

    I know of one shop owner that quit selling fabric and has gone to just longarm quilting and one of the reasone she cited was problems with rude and demanding customers.

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