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Unread 02-08-2015, 04:39 PM   #1
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How far do you go for supplies?

After hearing from one of my friends that she has to drive an hour to get to the nearest fabric store, it struck me how lucky I am that there's a Joann's less than two minutes from my school. How far do you guys have to travel to get fabric and supplies?

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Unread 02-08-2015, 04:52 PM   #2
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Dang, driving an hour eats more gas money than you'd pay in shipping. I don't usually go much further than the internet.
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Unread 02-08-2015, 04:54 PM   #3
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Depends..The Joanns in my city is a 15min walk from my house (including stopping for crosswalk lights lol). And that's walking just at a "I don't really care, I'll take my time" pace..The other one is the next city over. It's a 15-20 minute car ride. I usually go to this one..My reasoning is stated in the pet peeve thread along with a nice discussion with a few members on there lol Long story short, the one here sucks..
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Unread 02-08-2015, 05:05 PM   #4
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For fabric and quick things like when I need more glue, I go to Joanns which is less than five minutes away. If I want to stock up on any other sort of supplies I go to AC Moore about a half hour way.
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Unread 02-08-2015, 05:15 PM   #5
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15 minutes to the nearest Hancock Fabrics and Michaels, 20-ish minutes to the nearest Hobby Lobby, and 30 minutes to the nearest Joann. The Walmart near my house also has a tiny sewing section and that's like 5 minutes away. I mainly go to Hancock for fabric but if I need a larger selection, I'll go to Joann. I also to go Hobby Lobby for other supplies.

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Unread 02-08-2015, 05:23 PM   #6
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I live at the edge of a huge city.... and without a car (plus downtown parking is a NIGHTMARE), it takes me an hour and fifteen minutes to get to the fabric/fashion district. If I lived close to an actual subway station (I waste ten minutes walking and another fifteen on the bus) it'd be closer to 40 minutes (driving from my house takes about 40 minutes but costs $70 freaking dollars in cab fare_. So I tend to go there mostly for huge shopping trips. If I run out of one thing like thread, either tough beans I'll finish it when I need to buy fabric, or I pay Michael's overpriced prices to get it there. To Michael's, about half an hour (same crap with the walk and bus but only one stop on the subway after that). There's also a dollar store in the same mini mall that often sees me buying stuff for cosplay use. Wigs, I buy online or from dealers at cons.
Oh, and I frequently check out a big warehouse store full of fabric and sewing stuff in my bf's city. I don't take a trip out there ONLY to buy stuff, but if it counts, that's a half hour trip to the bus station and then a two hour ride to his house, and a half hour car ride from there....
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Unread 02-08-2015, 05:31 PM   #7
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I like to be able to feel the fabric I'm using before I buy it, so I seldom buy fabric online. Luckily the nearest fabric store is only ten minutes away, but since it's small I do sometimes have to make the thirty minute drive to the much larger Joanne's shop a few towns over.
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Unread 02-08-2015, 07:22 PM   #8
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There's "how far is my local store" and there's "how far am I willing to go?"

I'm at the fabric store at least once a week, 2-3 times a week during my busy season, so if it were any further than half an hour across the city, I wouldn't be able to do what I do. I'm very lucky that there is a Joann's about five minutes from the house, so if I have an emergency thread run, it doesn't eat time out of my schedule/all that gas.

That said, if there's something I need that I can't get online, the furthest I'll go is Minneapolis - 5 hours. There's a glorious fabric warehouse there where all fabrics are 50% off every day, so I can get suiting wools for as low as $6/yard. But that requires planning for a special trip, so I have to rule out everything else before I make a pilgrimage to SR Harris, including the internet. I have to know where to get exactly what I need - linen, spandex/pleather, and unique cottons all have a special place I go straight to if my local shops don't have it. That way, if I have to take a road trip, whether to MN or to the nearest Tandy Leather in Milwaukee, I have a damn good reason - it's my last resort, a place to look where I can feel the fabric and verify that it's the right hand, weave, and color for my project. Some things, I would rather drive and fondle in person than pay $5 for a swatch plus shipping.
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Unread 02-08-2015, 07:24 PM   #9
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I work at a Walmart, so I peek there first to see if what I need is there, if not I can walk to JoAnn's [in the same shopping center as my work] but if i have the option? I refuse to go to Hobby Lobby [but I will if I absolutely have to. I just don't like their options regarding birth control]. If any of those don't have what I need, online is where I go.
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Unread 02-08-2015, 07:29 PM   #10
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Once I had to walk kilometers in the middle of the night at a relatively alone street to arrive to the only supermarket where I could find a pair of black socks. When I have to buy fabrics I have to walk all through downtown San Jose to find one of the cheapest and more varied fabric stores.
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Unread 02-08-2015, 08:45 PM   #11
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I can't even go to Joann when I'm at school, I have to wait for whenever I go home. Even though there's a Joann nearby, there isn't a bus that goes to it, so I have no way to get to it...

Since I'm near Philadelphia, I sometimes go to Fabric Row, which is much different than what I'm used to. At home we just have Joann, but here there's so many unique stores. It's fun to just look around and see what you find.
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Unread 02-09-2015, 03:10 AM   #12
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I don't really have a distance problem, but I have to wait a lot for my stuff. Fabric market is only every 3 months or so and I often have to order things online, sometimes even from other countries.
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Unread 02-09-2015, 03:26 AM   #13
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There's a small fabric shop in my town that's maybe a ten minute drive from my house (if that). It's a lovely little store with nice staff but they don't have a very large range of fabrics. I usually only buy basic fabric, thread, buttons etc from them. Otherwise, I have to travel around an hour and fifteen minutes to the nearest city to get to Spotlight (similar to Joann's I guess) where I buy most of my fabric and craft materials for cosplay. I get to go there maybe once every couple of months if I'm lucky. I am however moving to a different city for university soon and there's a Spotlight not far from my place which is awesome.
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Unread 02-09-2015, 03:58 AM   #14
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~Walmart: 3 minutes away.
~Hancock #1: 5 minutes away, but is liquidating due to their lease not being renewed. So I'm taking advantage of everything being incredibly cheap. (Yay for 49 cent a yard printed satin!!!)
~Hobby Lobby: (No longer go here due to political reasons) 7 minutes away.
~St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store: 7 minutes away, same parking lot as Hobby Lobby.
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~Joann: 10 minutes away.
~Hancock#2: 20 minutes away.
~Jackmann's Fabric: I don't normally get my cosplay stuff here since this store mainly specializes in quilting and is a bit pricey, but it's 35 minutes away.

Thank God St. Louis County has a lot of fabric/craft stores and thrift/vintage stores.

Sometimes if my boyfriend and I go on a date, I'll pick up patterns there for cosplay.
So whatever the names of the thrift/vintage shops in Belleville, IL are: 45 minute drive to boyfriend's house, then about 30 minutes of public transportation to the town, and about 10 minutes of walking.

And I have picked up cosplay supplies in Nippori Fabric Town, Tokyo.
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Unread 02-09-2015, 08:13 AM   #15
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I drive two hours to get to tandy leather. It's too much of a crapshoot to order leather online unless I am getting a really good deal. Also while I'm in town, I usually hit up the jerrys artarama for stuff like smoothcast resin and other stuff I can't get at michaels or hobby lobby.
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