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Thread: There are a few good things about WalMart losing their fabric dept.

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    I picked up (another) Fiskar's rotary cutter on the ruler for $23. June Taylor basting spray for $5/can. Several rulers for a fraction of the cost. Cutting mats are on clearance...but they weren't mats I wanted.

    I've made an absolute haul over the past few weeks. :lol:

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    I was in WalMart today just browsing. I don't think they are closing their fabric dept. They seem to be getting in new items almost every week. I came across a couple of the Fiskars rotary strip cutters marked down to $25 & just had to have one. Tried it out on some scraps when I got home - I like it! This is switching subjects, but I also noticed they had gotten in some Fiskars 14" rotating cutting mats $24.95. I have been wanting a rotating mat but have been too stingy to pay for one! Should I splurge for this one or save up for an Olfa 17"??? Comments anyone?

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    You have made a great haul!! :D
    Our Walmart fabric store isn't
    closing, as of yet. So no great
    bargins here!! But I am glad it
    isn't closing. I am doing the
    Happy Dance for you!!
    :D :D :D :D

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    Around these parts whenever Walmart remodels a store then the fabric dept. closes. :x

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    all the local walmarts here have closed or will be closing their fabric dept. the last one is schedule to close in august.

    i'm waiting until all the warm and natural goes on sale and them i'm gonna pick it all up.

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    I went looking at the two Wal-Marts by me to see if I could find one of those rotary strip cutters, but alas, neither of mine had one. :-( Oh well, maybe I'll get lucky next time.

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    According to friends, the nearest Wal-Mart still has a fabric department becasue there are no other fabric stores nearby. I haven't been in to check it out, so I don't know if they have any good stuff on sale. I may have to break down and scout them out. I do not shop Wal-Mart as I don't agree with their policies, so I don't support them!

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    Wow I am so envious of you all getting such good deals!!! Our Walmart never has anything on sale in the fabric dept...unless it is a product they are no longer going to carry. :(

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    I live in AR and know several buyes that work in the Bentonville office of WalMart. Believe me I have given them an earful about WalMart closing the fabric section. Nothing they can do. WalMart will not be keeping any fabric bolts of in any store. A few out of the way stores will continue to sell fabric bolts until all is gone from the inventory. There has been no contract signed buy fabric on the bolts from any distributor. No thread for now but that is because Coats and Clark is not manufacturing thread they use to sell, it's all a new line. Walmart did not contract the new line or want to pay that much for the new thread, something like that. They signed a contract with June Taylor so those all those items will be stocked. And the remodel every six years or so? This came straight from someone who knows. It's a marketing ploy. Walmart knows every one knows where items are in the store and what section to go to. People can run in and out faster. If the store is re arranged completely people will have to navigate to find items again and while searching will see items they will probably buy that they usually avoid seeing. WalMart could be super great if they weren't so money hungry. I don't shop there much at all since the fabric, floss, and needlework items have disappeared.

    One a good note, Connecting Threads are now only selling fabric made from US cotton and manufactured in the US for $6 a yard. That's the same price most of the WalMart fabric is selling for now. The fabric is excellent. I have a bunch of it. Every Wed. on the website many fabrics are marked down as a weekly web special.
    That's when I buy my fabric for backings.

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    the downside to connecting threads is its all reproduction prints and i'm not a big repro fan. i very rarely buy fabric from walmart except for my niece since they charge alot of the disney stuff.

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    I am confused about Walmart ! An employee in fabrics told me on Monday they are getting rid of all fabric [ bought some nice fat quarters $ 1.00 each ]. I had to go back again on Thursday , another employee told me they are not closing the fabric dept . She told me lots of customers are complaining about this . Count me in , too ! Can't afford quilt shop prices since I'm unemployed and can't find a job ! Maybe something soon . Annie

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    Quote Originally Posted by stitchinMamaw
    I am confused about Walmart ! An employee in fabrics told me on Monday they are getting rid of all fabric [ bought some nice fat quarters $ 1.00 each ]. I had to go back again on Thursday , another employee told me they are not closing the fabric dept . She told me lots of customers are complaining about this . Count me in , too ! Can't afford quilt shop prices since I'm unemployed and can't find a job ! Maybe something soon . Annie
    there's many online shops that have similar prices as walmart and better quality fabrics - you might want to consider shopping online.

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    Its kinda a wait and see thing around here. We don't have any close fab stores, so...we'll see what happens. I do buy alot on line, but sometimes I need to match something exactly...I can't do that on line..I need to hold it in my hand.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SC
    This is switching subjects, but I also noticed they had gotten in some Fiskars 14" rotating cutting mats $24.95.

    I have a 24x36" Fiskars mat. I'm not a fan. Rotary blades dull much more quickly on it than on my smaller Olfa mat. It's several years old, and I'm not sure if anything's changed since then or not.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shemjo
    I do not shop Wal-Mart as I don't agree with their policies, so I don't support them!
    I shop there for cleaning supplies, their clearance section, and not much else. :oops: I dislike them, but there comes a point when things are enough of a bargain that personal preferences will be darned in favor of bank account savings.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SC
    I was in WalMart today just browsing. I don't think they are closing their fabric dept. They seem to be getting in new items almost every week. I came across a couple of the Fiskars rotary strip cutters marked down to $25 & just had to have one. Tried it out on some scraps when I got home - I like it! This is switching subjects, but I also noticed they had gotten in some Fiskars 14" rotating cutting mats $24.95. I have been wanting a rotating mat but have been too stingy to pay for one! Should I splurge for this one or save up for an Olfa 17"??? Comments anyone?
    I talked to one of the women that works in our local WalMart (a small one, not a superstore) and asked her about the closing of the fabric depts. She told me that when the store is scheduled for remodeling, the are going to lose their fabric dept. Luckily, this one is not due for remodeling until 2011!!

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    I don't shop Wal mart often because I don't agree with some of their policies. That's just my opinion. I do stop there once a month because they are the only one in the area that have the bird food my Macaw will eat. Our fabric area closed so fast it happened between one month and the next. They are also doing a remodel by moving all the departments around. It irritates me and I really don't want to go back there. I may have to change the birds food!!!!!

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    I like the Forest Fun, Backyard Fun and Snow Days fabric Connecting Threads have. They are fun fabrics.

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    i was just at the site and i like the only thing for my tastes is the hand dyed fabric which is kinda expensive at $36 for 3 yards of fabric.

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    I was just in walmart last night and all the fabric is GONE!!! i haven't been in there in a while so I don't even know if it was ever on sale or anything. they aeem to be doing a big remodel. I got some FQ's for a buck but there wasn't to many other good things on clearance. There are some fabric stores around here so I am not at to much of a loss I guess. but I did like to look when I waqs there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kluedesigns
    the downside to connecting threads is its all reproduction prints and i'm not a big repro fan. i very rarely buy fabric from walmart except for my niece since they charge alot of the disney stuff.
    What is a reproduction fabric and why are they disfavored by you? Just curious...you have such lovely taste in all your work...

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    reproductions prints are new fabrics from old designs or time periods.

    there's 30s, civil war, etc.

    there's nothing wrong with the quality its just a taste preference and a style preference.

    i'm sure you've looked at a quilt or a pattern and said i love it but i would prefer to make it in batiks or cottage, etc - its the same thing for me.

    i'm just not inspired to work with repro fabrics - well maybe 50s for an apron but thats about it.

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    Compared to these hand dyed fabrics, the ones at CT are a steal! I'm kinda glad I'm not into hand dyed with these prices.

    http://store.rickytims.com/servlet/C...sody+Hand-dyed

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    LOL

    thats why its better to just make them yourself. i have hands and i own dye :D

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    I love Walmart. :D Our fabric department ladies are awesome.

    Mostly, I buy garment fabrics there. I get really nice stuff for $2 per yard and the outfits last for years. I am really bad about discarding clothes... just yesterday, I realized I was wearing a dress I made nearly 20 years ago -- and I bought the fabric at Walmart.

    I wish they had more knits, though. My 2nd DIL likes her maternity clothes in a very thin knit. I bought the two prints they had, and they haven't had any more in yet.

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