Leni Levenson Wiener gives you a number of reasons why you should support your local quilt shop in this article from C&T Publishing.


#6 kbskbstango 2017-04-29 12:03
I start local, but do go to internet when I can't find what I want - e.g. my local shops don't carry a big variety of threads. But, when I shop online, I try to buy from a vendor that also has a brick and mortar shop in their own community - at least my e-shopping might help another quilter keep her local shop going!
#5 Sharron 2017-04-29 11:55
May I have permission to reproduce this article. It is so true. I'm sure our Guild would love to put this in our newsletter.
Thank you
P.S. We have some of the same problems here in Canada.
#4 leafy 2017-04-28 08:40
Kind of ironic that the website on which this article appears sells fabric, notions, books, and patterns.

I love browsing around a good quilt shop, but it's a 45-minute drive to the nearest.
#3 CrazyCuban 2017-04-28 08:37
I feel lucky that there are 6 local quilt shops within easy driving distance from home. I shop at them all the time and have never encountered a rude employee.

With that said, I do shop at the biggest online store on occasions when they offer free shipping, and there is a fabric I have not seen at the quilt shops.
#2 Jean Jasinski 2017-04-28 07:56
The Granary was the first ever quilt shop I visited in 1981 (and started this lifelong obsession).
#1 Marie Trichka 2017-04-28 06:19
same reason you should have supported your local bookstore. personal service, shared love, just good business. I speak from personal experience since my bookstore closed with the advent of Amazon. But, have to admit, living in rural america I do have to use the internet to buy some of the must have tools that local shops can always stock. When designers create patterns that need their tools to properly complete the design, they are in business too so I order online because my local can order one-off like I could order one-off books from a distributor. so, I'll shop local as much as I can.
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