Monday, June 25, 2012

The recycling quilt store

Photo from Facebook Page of Fabric Recycles

While in Kansas Lynette and I went to a fabric/quilt store that was not like the others.  Fabric Recycles  is located in Overland, Kansas and basically recycles sewing and craft rooms and closets.  Most of the inventory comes from someone's fabric stash or whatever kind of crafting stash they might have collected over the years.  The owner purchases from estate sales and also accepts fabric, patterns, notions, yarn, thread, sewing machines, and projects in progress at the store from quilters/crafters/sewers or the ones they have left behind. One may accept cash or store credit.

The store is well organized with fabric and yarn sorted by color.  Near the front of the store is a table labeled "Started Not Finished."  Turnover here is high as buyers pick up a stack of quilt blocks, cut up pieces or hexies used for Grandmother's Flower Garden quilts.  The owner, Page, is friendly and helpful.  The idea for the store came in part from the inheritance several years ago of her own mother's sewing room which took an 18 foot trailer to move it the contents to her home.  She is hoping to use her business model to start other "Fabric Recyles" outlets across the country.  Would you patronize such a store if in your area?  I must admit I purchased a few more things to pack into my suitcase.

1 comment:

Gayle said...

Sounds like an awesome store - I can definitely relate cuz I'm in the middle of downsizing my over abundance of fabric and craft projects. You'll have to show us what you came home with!