Tuesday, March 13, 2007


Miscellaneous...

Am I the last person in the blog-o-sphere to learn that Wal-Mart is discontinuing their fabric departments? A brand new super Wal-Mart opened near us. I purposely went there today to buy groceries, because I also needed to buy some stuff for re-potting house plants. I also wanted to grab an apron pattern I had looked at once, but had elected to wait to buy.

I found one row (left and right) of jumbled craft supplies, plus another row that carried a few sewing machines along with other household appliances. I asked an employee where the fabric department was, they broke the news to me that from now own, no Wal-Mart will be built with a fabric department. They're only going to carry only yarn. And, from the looks of it, they've cut way, way back on their craft supplies as well.

We have a Target store near us, as well as a free-standing Wal-Mart grocery store. Other than grocery prices, I actually prefer Target merchandise to Wal-Mart. To me, half the fun of going to a Wal-Mart was the craft department. I know they didn't carry the best material. But, I could always find something there that I needed. Ah well; I'm sure that if the fabric/craft departments were making money, they'd keep them.

All the same, I'm thinking about appealing to the Wal-Mart Corporation not to get rid of fabric and craft supplies. If anyone else is like minded, maybe we could convince them to keep sewing supplies.
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I wasn't feeling the best today, but I'm determined to move forward with my spring cleaning. I decided to do at least one thing a day to help me get towards my goal. At least a few times a week, I want that one thing to be something creative or something that will add to my home's decorative appeal. To that end, I bought a nice ceramic cache pot that will hold a large plant, plus some household potting soil.

9 comments:

Kitty said...

Oh, that is terrible news about Wal Mart... I buy all my fabrics and craft stuff there. They just built a new Super Wal Mart near me about a year ago with a really nice and big fabric section, too. I hope they at least keep the ones that are already in place. Maybe it would help if lots of people told them how much we appreciate that department!!

Elizabeth said...

Hi Kitty,

I'm hoping that if enough of us write Wal-Mart, they'll keep the fabrics/crafts.

Julieann said...

Hi Elizabeth, yes I heard it too--I was just hoping it wasn't true. I have a feeling I know why they are closing mine--the service has always been terrible in the fabric department--if you want some fabric, plan on making a day of it---by the time they get some one to cut and price the fabric--it takes forever--but I still got fabric there--


Hope you feel better---I was feeling kind of icky today too--:(
Julieann:)

Julieann said...

Hi Elizabeth, yes I heard it too--I was just hoping it wasn't true. I have a feeling I know why they are closing mine--the service has always been terrible in the fabric department--if you want some fabric, plan on making a day of it---by the time they get some one to cut and price the fabric--it takes forever--but I still got fabric there--


Hope you feel better---I was feeling kind of icky today too--:(
Julieann:)

Old Fashioned Girl said...

My mother's been dressmaking for years and is going to teach me this summer. She says that it's getting harder and harder to find well-priced patterns and fabric. I do hope the art of dressmaking isn't on the way out.

Belle-ah said...

OH, how sad. There are so few fabric stores around these days that Walmart was one of the last places for many towns.

Belle-ah said...

I do hope you are feeling better today!

Trish D said...

I heard about this a month or so ago, and was equally disappointed. It may not have been top of the line supplies, but they were generally well stocked and competitively priced.

Elizabeth said...

Hi Julieanne, old fashioned girl, Belle-ah, and Trish D.

Maybe if enough of us ask them to bring back fabric departments, they will.

Belle-ah, you are so right that for many towns, Wal-Mart is or was the only convenient option to obtain craft and sewing supplies.

Trish-D -- I agree. I could always count on Wal-Mart to find what I needed.

Old-fashioned girl, I had the same thought that it may be harder to find sewing supplies. But, at least Jo-Ann's seems to be in good shape. I do hope you learn to sew from your mother, anyway. My mother was a fabulous seamstress, and I wish I had put more effort into learning the art of sewing from her.

Julieann, I think the level of service depends on which Wal-Mart you're in. How are you feeling as the time for baby's arrival gets closer?

Elizabeth