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Thread: Local Fabric Shop in Poland

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    Super Member justflyingin's Avatar
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    I just wanted to give you a glimpse of my local fabric shop here in Poland. This is Otwock, Poland. The lady who owns it has relatives in Chicago. This is a typical fabric shop here. I have 3 shelves of cottons to choose from and I'll make sure I label that picture.

    These shops are individually owned and operated. This shop has an owner and one employee.

    Here is the outside of the shop
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    view one of the fabric shop insides. Most of these fabrics are not cottons. They are elegant rayons, polyesters, etc. Dress fabrics.
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    Angle number 2. All of these are dressy fabrics.
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    A section of flannels. Also here are some crinkly type fabrics that they use for summer bedding--sort of a corrugated fabric. Can't remember what it is called since I never use it.
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    And last, but not least...the section of cottons. I have this many cottons to buy locally. :) That's it folks. Most of you have stashes bigger than this.
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    Mostly wools and wool blends. Also some linens and/or "fake linens".
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    How interesting! What does the sign say?

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    Quote Originally Posted by UglyCook
    How interesting! What does the sign say?
    Fabrics. And the prices--just divide by 3 and you get approximate dollar prices for one meter (a little more than a yard).

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    I wanted to add that the cottons are not "high quality LQS fabrics". They are a bit on the coarse and stiff side.

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    I would love to visit there. How do the fabric prices compare to US dollar? We visited the Czech Republic a few years ago, before I started quilting, so I never saw any fabric stores. (I wouldn't have been able to read the signs anyway). The beer was good.

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    Thank you for the pictures and sharing your story! A wish for you to get a better selection!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gina_D
    I would love to visit there. How do the fabric prices compare to US dollar?
    When you see the number signs on the fabrics, just divide by 3 and you get approximately dollars for one meter (approximately one yard).

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    Quote Originally Posted by wolfkitty
    Thank you for the pictures and sharing your story! A wish for you to get a better selection!
    I used the used clothing stores and look for cottons imported from western europe in the form of bedding and curtains.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stewyscrewy
    Your corrogated fabrics would be chanille here if I am not mistaken.
    Sounds probable.

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    You all don't need to feel sorry for me. It keeps my spending under control. :) I have more fabric at the moment than I know what to do with because I do go and look regularly at the used clothing stores and every time we go back to the states, I come back with more fabric.

    Some of our supporting churches have given us quilts to give away so that I have to make them myself. I do tend to use the solid-colored cottons you see in the pictures above for bindings if the fabric in the quilt is particularly wild.

    A few days ago I started a thread called recipients of charity quilts that shows what some of the quilts I've given away look like and the faces of the ladies who have taken them.

    I do have plenty of fabric now, but it isn't all the gorgeous stuff you all are using. But in the end, it makes up into pretty quilts (not gorgeous ones) that are pretty enough to give away.

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    Sorry to say, But it looks like your little quilt shop has more fabric then most walmarts these days. Thanks for sharing.

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    It's not a local quilt shop. It's a local fabric shop. Most people here have never heard of quilting.

    I was so sad to return to the states and find the fabric from walmart disappearing...

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    Interesting. I love shopping for fabrics in other countries but I've never been to Poland yet.
    Are the fabrics as wide as here?
    Some of the bolts looked a little 'short' to me.

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    Thanks for sharing.

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    Most of them are 60 wide. At least the cottons are. I've not bought much else, so I don't know.

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    Thanks for sharing, It is so great to see other parts of the world. I guess we are lucky and should not complain.

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    We sure are lucky here. We don't realize how blessed we are in the US until we realize how different things are in some other places. Tanks for sharing, I love to learn about outher parts of the world.

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    Great pics. Thank you for sharing.

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    Thank you for posting. I see some lovely fabrics in your shop there.

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    Neat pictures! I have never been out of the country, so I sure enjoy a glimpse into your fabric stores there!

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    Thanks for sharing

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    thank you for sharing! my brother brought me fabric from africa, i haven't used it yet. it's thick and i think it's like batik, which i've never used yet. i wish when i visited dubai, hong kong and hawaii i had gone to the fabric stores, but that was the time i was taking a break from quilting. my next trip around i will!

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    Do u order fabric on line? Thanks so much for posting the pictures, it is very interesting!! Do u live in a smaller town or a city? Do u have longarm services there? or all hand quilting?

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    I'm curious also about your ability to order from U.S. online stores. I realize that you have shipping and taxes to pay, but it would give you better cottons and a much better choice.

    Until reading this board, I hadn't realized how much difference there is for people in other parts of the world. Thanks for the wake-up call. I'll say a little prayer of thanks for our many blessings.

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    My son spent the spring and summer in Germany and Austria. He didn't take any clothes with him--just his tent and backpack. He shopped in thrift stores for clothes. Can you buy used clothes in thrift stores inexpensively and take them apart to use the fabric for quilting. That is what I have done here. Men's shirts and ladies dresses and skirts have a lot of fabric.

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