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« on: September 20, 2005 08:45:54 AM »

the americans always talk about theses, and how walmart sells fabric at $2/metre.l
is there anyware in england (south east) where i could get cheap fabric and stuff. i'm a student and cant affort really expencive fabric just yet Smiley
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« Reply #1 on: September 20, 2005 03:28:23 PM »

See if you have a Dunhelm localy. They sell off their end of roll fabric at 99p a meter. They also do special student discounts in some stores and sell a range of cheap, bright, and varied matierals in their student living range.

 The other thing to do is look in charity shops. I'm very lucky to work in one and some of the curtains we sell are fanastic. A pair should cost about 2 and you can get anywhere up to 6 meteres of fabric from them. Charity shops also get loads of haberdashery stuff in, wool and knitting needles. If you can't see what you want, ask. If it means we manage to sell something most staff with go and rumage in the back for you.
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« Reply #2 on: September 21, 2005 07:34:28 AM »

Walthamstow Market is a fabric GOLDMINE. It's well worth the trip on a Saturday - chock full of stalls with any fabric imaginable (I've gotten everything from satin lining to 100% wool to red pleather there) for 3 a meter and under. And on top of that, there's stalls with buttons and trim for 10p, foam cut to any size, and the market area is lined with fabric shops - one is everything for 75p a meter! Smiley The first time I went there I had to run back to my boyfriend's car to fill up the boot so I could go out and grab more! heehee, I'm still working through some of that stash, though...
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« Reply #3 on: September 24, 2005 08:27:05 AM »

ooh! My friend lives in Walthamstow and she mentioned the market...she got me love DIVINE two-tone organza from there, which was 2 a metre! Apprently, in the market (or very nearby) there are fabric shops who sell off the end of rolls and fabric which is old or whatever (you know...like seconds and stuff) for next to nothing. (!)
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« Reply #4 on: September 27, 2005 12:07:28 PM »

Damn , I wish I has seen about walthamstow earlier I wasnt far from there on saturday lol

Also I find alot of fabric ( Mostly vintage) in charity shops. they normally have fabric remnants hanging with the duvet covers and such.   Large items of clothing are great for cutting or seam ripping if you are patient.   I got a lovely vintage pillow case in my local charity shop the other day for 50p .

This is the fabric ......

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« Reply #5 on: September 27, 2005 12:13:13 PM »

Ooh pretty pretty  Grin I can't seem to find *anything* decent in charity shops (they've all taken to overpricing...yes, it's for a good cause...but I want to cut it up!), but I'm trying to persuade one of my mates to go thrifting at the salvation army shop with me in a few weeks.
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« Reply #6 on: September 27, 2005 12:20:20 PM »

I find it really disheartning that charity shops seem to have raised thier prices. 

There are really fantastic shops that seem to be the 'dregs of the charity shop world' which continue to have fantastic bargins . 

Oxfam are very pricey , clothes in general you could proberly now find cheaper in places like primark and places like that.    Its a shame really as it discourages people to use them , and I think they are brilliant.

Oh another thing I love to get in charity shops is books , I found some fantastic crafting books in there  , wool and needles are on top of my list too.
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« Reply #7 on: September 27, 2005 12:34:18 PM »

Wool? Needles? People always talk of finding such things, I have never even SEEN knitting stuff in charity shops!

It's true about Oxfam though, also the Cancer Research shop. I have 2 charity shops (know what you mean about them being the "dregs", I've nicknames then "REAL, OLDFASHIONED charity shops.") near me which are still kind of cheap. Ish.

Even books. I LOVE books, found an Oxfam book specialist: some books were only like 1 or 2 cheaper that at Waterstones, across the road! They weren't rare, or first editions, either! Shocking.

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« Reply #8 on: September 27, 2005 12:58:48 PM »

yeah I always find knitting needles and occasionally a nice ball of wool or two.

Should turn this into a thread where we can post all the bargains we found ! lol

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« Reply #9 on: October 05, 2005 05:01:44 AM »

i live in kent ..and its all london prices here in canterbury!! i cant find a cheap charity shop or any with good fabric help!! i did find a good website thought thats english..
look in their sales
www.cheapfabric.co.uk
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