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Friday, December 17, 2010

Tis the Season for Bargains on Fabric

The department stores may be packed with holiday shoppers but it's quiet in New York City's Garment District. Seems acquiring fabric is the last thing on folks' minds right now. However, it's a great time to score some deals on fabric because the stores still want to make money. Earlier this week I walked away with nearly two yards of designer metallic brocade from a mid-level fabric store for only $6.50! Tell the store owners or staff what you're willing to spend and take it from there. Let me know what you buy, ok?

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  1. Oh, Meg, this post is too well timed!

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  2. I wish I could be shopping in the District now. Man, I need a personal jet! There are some nice fabric remnants at Vogue Fabrics in Evanston, IL, about now....

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  3. Ooooh! Lucky you! Maybe this is a good week for me to buy some nice wool coating for my winter coat. Any recommendations? I saw some gorgeous black mohair at Chic Fabrics for $15/yd last weekend. Where should I look?

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  4. Mary, Chic has a really great selection of coatings at great prices. Fabrics For Less down the block had and may still have some beautiful wool doublecloth that I think was around $12 a yard. And Mood has a strong selection of wool coatings. Good luck! I would love to make a camel hair coat but I think I've made enough coats recently.

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  5. My son's friend just bought a van he would like to trick out in -- wait for it --- zebra plush. Any suggestions? This is not a prank -- these kids are serious! We live in Virginia, but a road trip is not out of the question!

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  6. MaryOK, I say go for it! Start with the stores on W. 38th for your fake fur; you'll get the best bargains there. Send me a photo of the finished van and I'll post it here!

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  7. jealous, jealous, jealous. In one way glad I'm not near the garment district - I would go broke buying fabric, on the other hand I miss it a lot, been 2 years since I visited the lovely garment district :(

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  8. I was in New York City a few years ago and visited the Garment District. I found a fabric store that would sell their remnants (1/4 yrd - 4 yds) by the box, like 50+ pounds and ship to your home address. I lost my contact and was wondering if you know of any fabric companies in New York that does this?

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    1. No idea AT ALL, although I'd bet this is a deal some fabric vendors would happily make, for those willing to receive a random assortment. I will mention this to some contacts I think may want to offer such a deal, and see what they say.

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