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« on: April 10, 2011 10:30:11 PM »

Yes, you read that correctly. I went in to grab a few things at my local Walmart, and noticed that they are going through a remodel. Part of that remodel is a whole new arts and crafts section complete with brand new bolts of super cute fabric. I am overjoyed! I heard a rumor that they might be bringing it back to certain stores. I am very happy to find that it is true.

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« Reply #1 on: April 11, 2011 05:07:27 AM »

Wow, that's wonderful. I hope mine brings it back too!

« Reply #2 on: April 11, 2011 02:06:04 PM »

You are soooooooo lucky!!!!!
My closest WalMart is pretty small so I doubt I will be getting it. Drat!

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« Reply #3 on: April 20, 2011 08:25:06 PM »

Lucky you!
my Wally's just remodeled and cut the fabric department to about 1/4 of what it was.

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« Reply #4 on: May 12, 2011 11:14:41 AM »

Apparently, their customers have been telling them they want it back. (Really? Shocked Whoda think it? she says sarcastically.)

IMO, their high-end fabric is okay, (the cheap stuff is cheap) but, in my store, anyway, there's not much of a selection. But I buy all my muslin there, and notions. The nearest JoAnne's is more than an hour from here, and that's a fair trek for thread. If Walmart had more, I'd buy more. I guess that message is--finally!--getting though.

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« Reply #5 on: May 12, 2011 06:42:42 PM »

Why would your walmart get rid of the fabric section? O.o'
« Reply #6 on: May 13, 2011 10:35:22 AM »

Most Walmarts pulled their fabric section a few years ago. I am so glad to hear they plan on bringing it back. I hope they do that in my local store!

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« Reply #7 on: May 13, 2011 10:54:06 AM »

There are three within 45 minute of me; two have only cake decorating/scrapbooking stuff. The one closest to me has one row of sewing notions, one drawer stack of patterns, and a short wall of fabric and batting. That's it. It used to be bigger (sorta), but they've been steadily cutting back since the other two eliminated their fabric sections altogether.

I'd love to see them bring it back. I just hope it's on real-people time (i.e. soon) and not corporate time (i.e. eventually).

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« Reply #8 on: May 16, 2011 12:39:41 PM »

In my experience, any city that also has a fabric store in it, the WalMart tossed their sewing section. In northern Ontario, Sudbury, Timmins and North Bay all have a Fabricland, and from what I can tell, the craft sections are now 3 pathetic rows of general-craftiness containing mainly yarn, scrapbooking and flower arrangement supplies. Even the New Liskeard location, without a Fabricland but having a Quilt Barn, is in the same sorry state.

I'm guessing it just wasn't cost-effective for them to carry fabrics once cotton prices started rising, because their suppliers would have been charging more, meaning they would have had to charge more. In that case, they would have been more in line with stores like Fabricland who carry better fabrics to begin with and they would have lost business. I'm sure many of you have noticed that the few offerings left are mainly big brand names like Martha Stewart and that other woman, including some brand-name fat-quarter bundles.

I'm going to wait with crossed arms and raised eyebrow, considering there's been "rumours" of this since last fall.

« Reply #9 on: May 21, 2011 04:33:56 PM »

I live in a smaller town, so I have to drive 20 miles to Jo-Annes.  I'm not a Walmart shopper, but they did have a great fabric section. I hope they bring it back to our store.  We do have a quilting shop, but the are snooty when they find out you only make purses.  They are so focused on quilting.  I've gone in a few times for thread, but that's all.  Their fabric is way overpriced.  It would be nice to have choices for fabric.
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