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    I tried one of our local quilt shops the other day. I was so dissappointed. All the fabs were $7 and more per yard. A little fat bundle was $15. If it had a theme it was $25. I went looking for a leather thimble and a double wedding ring template and they had neither. It was a tiny store and from what I saw it looked like they specialized in sewing classes and fancy sewing machines that I couldn't afford anyway. So much for supporting our local quilt shops. I went back to Joannes and they had them. I do have some good news. There was a sign posted in the window HELP WANTED. I took an application home with me. I hadn't thought about getting a job but this one sounds like it would be right up my alley. Maybe I could get an employee discount. I only want to work partime. With my RA I don't think I could do much more than that.

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    don't you think maybe the quilt shop owners could get together and buy cheaper and pass it on. Most of the quilt shops in a 50 mi area don't last more than 1 to 5 years. I checked out one new one, and all they sell is thread,and patterns and they do the quilting. No fabric at all. I have one more in an old factory to check out ,they advertise 1000 bolts. we will see.
    My Walmart still sells but it seems all they sell is dollar fabric. Not all of it is so great. I want the 2 and 3 dollar stuff, now that is usually good.
    I have had trouble finding black print fabric, not white with black.Just black with other colors
    I am lucky as far as grocery stores go. We have an Aldi, Price Rite, and Buy low, These are way cheaper than Walmart. Bags of apples1.99, bannannas 3/1.00.....cheese 1.39 for 8oz milk 2.19........you get the idea. These places are pay 25 cents refundable to use basket, and buy bags and put your own stuff in.......but more food for the dollar
    Any one want to talk about heating oil. I have to start the budget for winter....... they want 200 a month.no way, oh well another day

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    Ruth I've been working on a black and white theme and you're right not much out there with black altho the Joannes here does have a fairly good selection.

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    I've said it before and I'll say it again. QUILTERS ARE A DYING BREED. With our use it and throw it away society it's no wonder.

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    And I quote the Rain Man. WALMART SUCKS

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    My sisters WM was schedule to lose their fabric 3 months ago.

    She also lives in a very rural farming area the people put up such a fuss about it (saying they needed fabric more then party things) that the store manager kept the fabrics

    He stated that it was morr practile and better bottom line for his area

    Now why cant other store managers that know what is more inportant in their area speak up and say something.

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    We have 2 Wal Marts--one is a super and one is much smaller. The smaller one is getting fabric in by the truck loads and the other one has just about no fabric left. There is one in Spruce Pine, NC in the western part of NC that was the only fabric store for miles and miles and they are closing too. I can't firgure it out--their line of thinking that is. These people up ther are mostly hard working farmers. They certainly don't need party goods. I don't know that that is whats going to replace fabrics there, but thats what has replaced fabrics elsewhere. I hope they lose their shirts on that one!

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    I went into our walmart the other day and they had gotten rid of the free standing racks that use to hold fabric, they shoved most of it on a rack next to the wall, you literally have to move each bolt to look at it. It seemed as if they were ticked off that they have to keep it for a while longer. i have started ordering my fabric on line. Most on line quilt shops, will have some of their fabric marked down to 3.99 a yard, and sometimes you can find really nice prints and solids. Can't touch them :( but I haven't the time to drive 45 minutes, spend $8 - $9 & up a yard plus the gas! Gas here is getting higher and higher!!! Sew on line it is!!! I just order 12 yards at this-n-thatfabrics...47.00 plus shipping! not bad!!

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    Our local Wal-Mart is definitely one that is losing the craft and fabric departments. They are selling what they have and haven't gotten new inventory for months. The new department is going to be called "Life Celebrations", whatever that means.

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    hi Tresha amen to what wrote about mw one of the manger in my city told me in 2 months they will have to wear the target colors. they already have some signs in wm with target on it.Lets pray that God change their heart. I also was told by 1 of the manager that the children want to sell all the wm stores to target, i haven't heard anything else. LOL
    Annette

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    Hi Patrice i needed to laugh this morning, that was so funny about the 800lb Gorilla.love you.keep quilting.
    Annette

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    Quote Originally Posted by Catherine
    I just order 12 yards at this-n-thatfabrics...47.00 plus shipping! not bad!!
    yes ... looked like a nice selection. AND they have some nifty free patterns that applique devotees will just love. with a very generous and clearly stated copyright allowance:

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    http://this-n-thatfabrics.com/free_pattern.htm


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    Quote Originally Posted by Debbie Murry
    And I quote the Rain Man. WALMART SUCKS
    You know, comments like this, though I understand the sentiment, make it tough on some of us who are a bit more sensitive about where we have to shop in order to make ends meet. If you're living on a tight budget, shopping at WalMart might make the difference between a meal or no meal. Paying $2 a pound more for meat, or $1.50 a gallon more for milk, adds up more quickly than you may realize. If you happen to need special foods because you're diabetic or have to eat low-carb, buying from a smaller store can devastate the financial solvency of your budget altogether. Shopping at WalMart enables me to buy (store-brand) Altern for less than $6 instead of paying almost $9 at the next closest smaller store for brand-name Splenda.

    Please be kind. I shop there because it is the best choice for our family. I already feel bad enough because everyone whines about how mean they are to their employees and such. The fact remains that where we live there are over 250 people who have jobs now who didn't have them 5 years ago because we have a Supercenter. Those people deserve to work, too, and not all of them can drive into the city or have fancy educations that enable them to have a better job.

    Just my 2 cents and some change...

    Trisha

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    There have always been two sides to the WalMart story and there always will be two sides. They are not as good to their employees as they were when Sam Walton was alive ... BUT they are better than many employers their size. And it's possible to work your way up from the bottom, transfer to another store if you have to move, health plan, etc. The left-wing doesn't tell the whole truth.

    They are not as good to their customers as they were when Sam was alive, either. And it is getting continually worse. But by buying most of my groceries there at a savings of 25 - 50%, I can afford those quick after-work stops at the regular grocery. (Rather an odd form of charity, when you get right down to it. LOL) And for many communities you can find at WalMart what you could never find before within a 50 mile radius.

    NOBODY should have to apologize for shopping where the prices fit their budget.

    The SuperCenters attract several new stores ... so there are more new jobs.

    WalMarts donate huge piles of money to local and national charities.

    I'm angry at WalMart because they are forgetting their roots and the customers who made them huge. That's an emotional response to the fact that they are doing what ALL business do - whatever will make them the most money. They aren't the first to do it. They won't be the last.

    It's like everything else in life. The good begets the bad begets the good begets ...

    Hmmmm ... I'm spending way too much time on the soap box today. Must be time to learn yoga.
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    :!: Yes I believe wm doesn't want customers any more!!! Bristow,OK got the stupid center that's what we call it and NO Fabrics,Party, scrapbook, and they have 3 lanes of the stuff and they had to clearance it all to sell it before.The Lady or one of them is now in the gun dept but hold it No guns either so the guys are mad too!! We we're always there each week and for the last 30 years we've bought FABRICS!!!!!!! We've been to thi wm 2 times. 1 when it opened and once to get my medicine. Now we also shop at Cushing,OK more so NOW Because they Still have Fabric!!!! And Yes we've shopped there and bought Fabric for over 30 years on the Cush wm. But they say they have it for now BUT they haven't built the Stupid center yet ,No we don't use much Party Supplies down here because we live in a very Rural Area unless you're right in town which a lot aren't. Sooooo We are building our stashes for Now.But there is 1 Quilt Sop in Cush that has survived Thank GOD!!!!! and we found catalogs to order from and the internet also. IWe called wm and did the email and they say we are now reevaluating the Fabric dept. Just like Layaway. That's the answer We got for Bristow and POW that DAY my Daughter calls and says get down here they got w Fabric50% off!! and then No more. Well We will buy Fabrics and More Fabrics!!! Gals Rally Round, Annie get your Gun, This means WAR!!!! Walmart just doesn't want customers anymore and when C goes out alotoFolkswon'tShopThereAnymoreATALLMeandMineWon't .BJR

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    :x My Quot is The Super Center is Stupid for not having FABRICS!!!!!!BJR

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    What's the www for thisnthatfabrics??? BJR

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    :x Oh Yea,Ol Sam is rolling over as we speak! Sam was the best!!! Some of the guys round here went Hunting with him!! BJR

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    OK, folks, here's the deal with WalMart and the fall-out from all the other "big-box" stores. Americans vote with their dollars. Over the last 30 years, Americans have voted for the "big box" stores. Americans have voted the local merchant out of business because it's easier, quicker, and cheaper,to go to the mega super market, the mega department store, and the mega pet shop rather than support the local Main Street merchants. However, as many Americans have painfully discovered, easier, quicker, and cheaper isn't necessarily the ultimate outcome of a landscape dotted with "big box" stores.

    I wholeheartedly agree that WalMart is a curse and a big contributor to the blight on the economic landscape of regions, towns, and neighborhoods. WalMart has been a major contributor to the decline and death of innumerable local shopping areas (downtown, uptowns, whatever one wants to call them). It doesn't matter if those areas are small farm towns in the Midwest or "suburban sprawl" areas in metropolitan regions.

    Local politicians court and sell out to companies like WalMart. These elected officials want as many of the "big box" stores as possible because they contribute a significant amount of commercial and real estate tax dollars, ostensibly for the "good of the community". Well, we know how well that plan works for the "good of the community".

    In the 1950's and early 1960's my Father-in-law was part owner of a locally-owned, thriving, honest-to-goodness "downtown" department store that carried everything from ladies' lingerie to microwaves and TVs. That store was a part of the thriving and growing downtown in a large Central Illinois community. In 1964, he knew the end of local downtowns was a matter of time when he saw that K-Mart could sell a TV at a lower price, retail, than what it cost him to purchase the same TV at wholesale. By 1968, my Father in Law's store was in the process of closing. It was gone by 1970.

    The trend continued in that Midwestern town throughout the '70's. Downtown died. All major commercial activity went to the suburbs...and the steady tide of "big box" / "big parking lot" stores continues to this day.

    As a "hometown" girl, it would almost break my heart to visit my family and see what had happened to the downtown of my childhood. Familiar business and favorite stores had become parking lots or were closed. I never could figure the parking lot thing since so much of the commercial business had gone to the big box shopping centers at the edge of town. Obviously, the downtown parking lots were empty and the mega-stores' lots were packed. So much for the wisdom of local policiticans. Oh, and the tax money that these gargantuan monuments to commercialism generate...in this case, it's going to a different town, ajacent to my hometown.

    I live in the San Francisco Bay Area...population is in the millions. I moved here to a "bedroom community" 25 years ago. At that time, my family could buy well-made clothes, shoes, toys, groceries, Rx, automobiles and applicances from local merchants. Many were the hours I wandered the globe while browsing through the travel section of our locally-owned book stores. If I remember correctly, there were 2 or 3 very good fabric shops. I could get Pendelton yard goods easily. I had little to no reason to leave town to shop. I knew the merchants and they knew me.

    Today, I can't buy a pair of well-made anything in my local community. It's all at the "big box" stores...with employee turn-over at obscene rates.
    Between San Jose and and Hayward, CA, along I-880 on the east side of the bay, there is a Wal-Mart and / or a Home Depot in San Jose, Milpitas, Fremont, Union City, Hayward. You don't want to know how many other redundancies of other "big box" store clog that corridor. What I've described is a distance of about 40 miles -- through traffic and world-class traffic.

    I'm completely sympathetic --and just as angry / frustrated -- with the plight of my fellow quilters and the angst of fabric stores' closing. Those fabric stores are to us what "Cheers" was to Frazer, Cliff, Norm, and all the others. "Everyone knows your name" -- or what colors we like for our quilting projects.

    When I had what turned out to be minor sugery a few years ago, after I had talked with my family, guess who I called to give them the news. Yep...my friends at the quilt shop, all of whom had been praying for me and my family. Unfortunately, that store has closed...because the owner retired.

    There are some other quilt shops in the area, but I'm having to travel further and further. As my friend from the now-closed quilt shop told me, "You could go for 10 years and never buy another piece of yardage." Well, yeah, she was right, but... :wink:

    The convenience of a one-stop shopping "big box" store does enable an economy of scale, i.e. lower prices (sometimes), but at what price? That's where the choice of how and where we spend those "left over" dollars comes into play. "Left over" dollars = what's left after all the assotred taxes levied on us by those who are so concerned about the "good of the community", allowing us to attempt to acquire some of the necessities of life.

    In the context of those who are so concerned about the "good of the community", I'm reminded of a bumper sticker I saw recently. "Your Village Called, Looking for You. They Want Their Idiot Back."

    There is one thing that even the frustation of "big boxes" can't take away from quilters. They can't take away the fun and satisfaction of our creativity. Continue on, friends.














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    I refuse to shop at walmart for anything!I realize that some people might not have a choice but to shop there,but if you do, go elsewhere! they are not all that.And if you really look online you can find fabrics starting at 3-4 dollars a yard.the reason Walmart are closing their fabric depts and it is stated on another thread is because it is not cost effective, too labor intensive,they would have to have someone available to measure and cut fabric and it costs them money to do that, they want everything ready to pick up and go.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MCH
    OK, folks, here's the deal with WalMart and the fall-out from all the other "big-box" stores.

    The convenience of a one-stop shopping "big box" store does enable an economy of scale, i.e. lower prices (sometimes), but at what price? That's where the choice of how and where we spend those "left over" dollars comes into play. "Left over" dollars = what's left after all the assotred taxes levied on us by those who are so concerned about the "good of the community", allowing us to attempt to acquire some of the necessities of life.
    I agree that it's sad what is happening to small downtown America. It's disappearing so fast sometimes I want to cry.

    However, I cannot afford to shop at those stores. I don't have any "left over" dollars. Hubby and I are living on less than $35K a year, just over 1/3 of what we were making 2 years ago. The bills have gone up...electricity, gas for the car, the cost of food...but our income has crashed. The mortgage company doesn't care if we eat or not as long as the payment comes in. If we don't pay the electricity, it gets shut off.

    The one place I can afford to pinch a little is by shopping at a "big box" store. It enables me to buy a decent sugar substitute for my husband so I can make him muffins (no, I don't buy them, I make them from scratch...store made costs too much!) once a week or so as a treat. I can even splurge on a carton of sugar-free ice cream once in a while.

    I feel like a deserter sometimes but the way that the economy is going I can't see only eating once a day so we can patronize the local grocery, which carries 2 sugar substitutes on a good day and no sugar-free ice cream at all...and as for low carb stuff, forget it...only the basics there.

    I make my own bread. I make my own muffins and a lot of other baked goods, mostly for cost but also because decent-tasting diabetic-friendly baked goods simply aren't available. I cook from scratch. I don't buy mixes or pre-cooked foods. We have chickens for eggs and occasionally some meat. I have to make sure my husband eats 3 meals and a snack daily to regulate his blood sugar and that we both get all our medications and even with union insurance we're still putting out almost $100 a month for that.

    When I was working we shopped at Schnuck's or Dierberg's or wherever...but I can't do it now. They are further away and therefore not only am I paying more for food, but more for gas as well. When you have $3 left to get through the week after the bills are paid and you've bought groceries and put gas in the car to get to work and back, choosing to shop at a smaller store further away that costs more simply isn't a choice.

    As for the local quilt shops...I don't go in there any more. I can't stand to see all that pretty stuff and know I can't buy it. I look for the labels at WalMart that tell me that the fabric is overstocked major designer stuff and I get it there, or on ebay, or on sale on the Internet. I just can't do the $8-9.50 a yard these days.

    We don't eat out. We don't go to movies. We drive a 2000 minivan with no A/C and 133,000+ miles on it. We have one TV, one computer, no blackberries or ipods or laptops. I sew on a Kenmore and I got a Janome on sale right before I got sick. I made our curtains and our shower curtain. I make Christmas and birthday gifts.

    We don't waste a penny. I have to replace hubby's jeans this summer somehow because the patches are wearing thin. I'm serious. This isn't a convenience thing for me or a cheapskate thing. This is what we can afford, like it or not, and there are a lot of people in our community in the same situation we're in. This is a lower-middle-class rural community being eaten up from the edges by the yuppie crackerbox "neighborhoods" and we're fighting tooth and nail to keep what we have.

    Trisha in MO

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    :x I say we Get out of the BOX and Quick! We Quilt out of the box so yes lets shop out of the box if we can and when my wm goes out of Fabrics I'm out of the Box except and only if I need something I can't find elsewhere,and I will do my darnds't to stay out of wm!! BJR

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    Hi!
    Just a bit of a clarification.

    "Left-over" dollars are not the dollars we have after we have scrambled to pay for food, shelter, clothing, heating, transportation, electricity, Rx and other things we need to survive.

    All of us have earned dollars in return for our time and work. Look at the check given for that work...how much of that check is "skimmed" right off the top to pay for myriad taxes? Those dollars that remain are the "left overs." That's what we get for our time and work. Those other dollars have been taken from you and me and "re-distributed". From those remaining left-overs we have to find ways to exchange those for food, shelter, clothing, and Rx, for example. Folks find ways to stretch those dollars and to be creative in how we do that. It's time-consuming, it's hard, and it hurts. That's all compounded if we have kids at home or are on a fixed income.

    Anything that may remain is "discretionary dollars" to buy those nice, but not necessary things...and many of us don't have lot's, if any, of those dollars these days. This of discretionary dollars as the "left overs from the left overs".




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    Oops! a typo!
    Should have read, "Think of discretionary dollars as the "left-overs from the left-overs."
    Thanks! :lol:

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