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Thread: Where do you look for a material if its discontinued

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    Question Where do you look for a material if its discontinued

    I tried searching before posting. Would people be willing to share where you search for "sold out" or discontinued fabric other than ebay?
    Thanks in advance! I'm sorry if this is a repeat question!
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    I am usually most successful by finding the fabric on the manufacturer's website, then searching by the sku listed there, along with the name of the fabric line. The search engines work equally well on all sites; it's just a matter of using the best combination of search terms.

    Another thought is to try the designer. Oftentimes the designer will have a bolt or two sitting around, and I've had 2 or 3 who have been happy to sell me a yard.

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    You can sometimes find it on missingfabrics.com. Post a picture of the fabric you want and someone may have just what you want.

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    Etsy! Great place to find discontinued fabrics.
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    I go to Thousands of Bolts, Marshall's Dry Goods, Whittle.

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    I too, shop on Etsy for hard to find fabrics.
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    I've had success with both MissingFabrics and Etsy.

    You can also put a request in the In Search of section here!

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    Quiltshops.com

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    Etsy and Ebay although I just went crazy looking for a fabric and a lovely quilter on this board sent me what I needed (and more!).
    Go to the section for that right here. Good luck!

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    So far everyone has covered my first few recommendations - I have one other thing I do - take a picture or scan a piece then google the image. Sometimes you can get random hits on fabric for sale where the owner doesn't know what the fabric is.

    Since you are in NH - another option might be either Franks Bargain Center in Claremont or Mardens in Sanford Maine. Their stock is older and they might have it. If you have the manufacturer and fabric line - Phil at Franks can probably tell you on the phone if he has it. Good luck!!
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    Post a pic and maybe someone has it in their stash I have a HUGE stash and would love getting rid of some

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    I just went thru this looking for an additional amount of a christmas fabric (I 'double sold' a tree skirt and only had one of the two fabrics!!!!!). It was a Robert Kaufman, so I started with googling that. And then, just spent a lot of time going from site to site. I found that fabric in another color on several etsy sites and convo'd them to ask if they had the one I needed and just had not posted it. I did the same thing with several shops not on etsy. FOUND IT!! It definitely was a lot of time and effort, but it is out there - somewhere, on someone's shelf, just keep searching and asking! I have done similar things in the past and have found that if you only need 1/2 or 1 yard, etsy folks have lots of fabric.

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    I once contacted the manufacturer, they were able to tell me which shops still had it in stock, I was a happy shopper!

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    If I have manufacturer's name or designer info from the selvages I Google the information until I find it. If that doesn't work I have sometimes found it by description--for instance Grunge! I hadn't even heard the name before but ended up finding the fabric. If it is long out of print I suggest all the above. Good luck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dodie View Post
    Post a pic and maybe someone has it in their stash I have a HUGE stash and would love getting rid of some
    I am purging my stash also, post a picture.
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