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« Reply #120 on: December 30, 2006 06:22:22 PM »

The closest I would have to travel is 30 mins. away.

You're lucky, to get to ANY sort of fabric I will have to drive 92 miles.

some lucky person.. in the middle of no where im sure will be the one with the lone walmart carrying fabric!

Nope, apparently they are shafting those of us in the middle of nowhere. People drive from Kansas and Texas middle-of-nowheres to us because we have the only Wal-mart for 92 miles. When I was in the Fabric department two days ago there was a woman from 26 miles away and I thought that was horrible. Then my the fabric cutting gal, Linda, dropped the bomb that our tiny middle of nowhere will be one of those losing the fabric and gaining the celebration....bleh! I celebrate just about everything by buying fabric!!!!! Someone gets married...tulle for favors (oh wait, they would rather us buy the more expensive pre-made ones so that we will all be the same, birthdays...fabric for a purse or a bbq cover (seriously did that)... nope go buy one in our huge purse department so you can have the same one that everyone else in town has, and who needs a custom bbq cover??? Parties....I always make new table covers. I could probably use a different tablecloth every week! No...just go buy the off-the-rack ones we sell.

And if one more smarmy person tells me "that's why I boycott Wal-Mart" I will scream. Obviously you have a choice!! We only have one other grocery store and it charges 3x the price. I guess if you have the money that's fine. If you can afford the time and gas to drive 90+ miles every week or so to get fabric...more power too you and gee aren't you swell. Not all of us have that option.

Help us unfortunates out. Call 1-800-Walmart and tell them that phasing out the fabric is a bad choice. You don't have to threaten, just tell them. Imagine if you lived 92 miles from any fabric shopping. Pretend just for a minute. Would you want me to call? I think you would.

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« Reply #121 on: December 30, 2006 06:24:09 PM »

Am I the only one who hates walmart? ....  Embarrassed

I used to buy fabric there and all kinds of other stuff but I can no longer justify supporting that corporation.
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« Reply #122 on: December 31, 2006 07:42:18 AM »

I did hear in one my college classes that Wal-Mart finds the fabric division one of the most difficult to manage (because of the tons of small items that do not have consistent sales).  So in a way I could see them phasing the department out, but I still think that its here to stay.
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« Reply #123 on: December 31, 2006 08:22:59 AM »

I was at WalMart this past Friday, and I asked the lady working in the craft area if this was true.  She said they planned to get rid of the fabrics by March, due to lack of sales.  (I'm in Western NY)

Be sure to call 1-800-walmart to complain about it!!!
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« Reply #124 on: December 31, 2006 09:24:10 AM »

What i don't understand is that there are so many who still shop there, knowing how they exploit their employees and contribute to poverty. I agree with lieslree. Maybe there was a choice of various stores and small businesses at some point in rural areas, but the reason there is only walmart in some areas is because walmart squashed them all. Online ordering is cheap enough these days that if there were no fabric stores in my area, that's what i'd do.
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« Reply #125 on: December 31, 2006 12:56:35 PM »

I don't have time to read the entire thread, just wanted to relay what I heard. The lady who works in the fabric section at my Walmart said they will be phasing it out and it will be gone by the end of March, but that they will still be selling notions. She said they will not be restocking anymore just getting rid of the inventory they already have.


I don't know why they think this is a good idea. Crafts is just about the only thing I buy at Walmart. I definitely don't buy clothes or food there, and as far as Housewares goes Target is far superior. Well now all I have to go to Walmart for is Shampoo and Toothpaste, but I doubt I'll drive all that way anymore, the crafts section was what always got me in there.

It makes me want to open a fabric store in my area.
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« Reply #126 on: December 31, 2006 01:00:35 PM »

So if all the walmarts are getting rid of their fabrics, does that mean a BIG fabric sale?  Shocked
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« Reply #127 on: December 31, 2006 03:10:36 PM »

Except that you have to order a certain $ amount to get free shipping online, you can't feel the fabric before you buy, and you have to wait a week to get it unless you pay extra for shipping, which not everyone can afford.  Yes, WalMart sucks, yes they treat their employees horribly, but you have to remember that if there aren't any fabric stores in your area, there probably aren't a lot of other stores either.  Which means that you're probably making less money because you're working at WalMart, or in fast food.  And if you're trying to raise kids on $6.75 an hour, you're probably not going to be willing to pay extra for fabric (or groceries, shampoo, and other necessities) for political reasons.  That's how it is in my area, anyway.  I would love to say "F*@& Walmart!"  But my closest alternative (Target) is an hour away, as opposed to five minutes.
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« Reply #128 on: December 31, 2006 03:17:58 PM »

I agree with the situation.. CRAPY!! Thats the fabric house for the next 120 miles for me!
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« Reply #129 on: December 31, 2006 06:19:21 PM »

...What i don't understand is that there are so many who still shop there...

...Maybe there was a choice of various stores and small businesses at some point in rural areas, but the reason there is only walmart in some areas is because walmart squashed them all...

that's the point, there isn't any place else to shop.  and part of the problem in living in a very rural area is that shipping can take days longer and cost a good deal more. 

besides, for most of the rural-living folks, we aren't just talking fabric.  you can't realistically grocery-shop online for rural delivery of fresh foods, or anything other staples you need to buy on a regular basis.

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