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ashtonrose
« on: September 27, 2005 06:10:37 AM »

I just arrived in Germany (Aug. 10th).  I know very little German and I can't find a store to purchase material.  Does anyone know of one?  I live in Wiesbaden.
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CraftyZary
« Reply #1 on: September 28, 2005 11:13:44 AM »

Welcome to Germany!  Cheesy
What kind of material is what you are looking for? general craft supplies or something more specific?
Unfortunately there are not many large craft supplies stores here but there are some shops Online where you can find some supplies.  If you are looking for general crafts you can have a look at
http://www.vbs-versand.de/
their prices are ok, somethings are even cheaper than when you buy them directly at a store and they have a big catalog (free) that you can order online and check all their products from home.
For specific crafts there are other shops, but I don't know if you look for something specific or general.

I don't live in Wiesbaden so I can not help you with 'real' adresses of shops there, but if it is about Online I know some more shops. And of course ebay is as well a good source for supplies.
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syntheticmeat
« Reply #2 on: September 28, 2005 11:37:13 AM »

There's a pretty big craft store called "Listmann" in the city's center.
It's in the "Luisenstrae 35", right across from a large bus station (at the Luisenplatz) and a church.
Look at this photo: http://www.tompgalvin.com/places/de/hessen/photos/wiesbaden_02.jpg -- you can't see the store on it, but it's right behind the horse Wink. The church you see there is next to the store on the right.
The Listmann website is only available in german, but maybe it helps anyway: http://www.listmann-kreativ.de/html/home_frameset.htm
Clicking on "Wiesbaden" also shows you the buses you can take to get there (Bushaltestelle = bus stop) and where to park your car (Parken = parking).
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ashtonrose
« Reply #3 on: September 28, 2005 11:40:51 AM »

Thank you guys so much.  I do lots of crafts, but mostly sewing.  I love to sew.  The only place to purchase material on base costs almost $9 for a yard of cotton.  I almost flipped out.  I'm sure it's not much cheaper on the economy, but something has to be better than that.

Thanks for the info.  I'm going to check into everything tomorrow.   Gotta get my kid to bed.
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syntheticmeat
« Reply #4 on: September 30, 2005 10:42:53 AM »

Hm, if you need stuff for sewing... I'm not sure Listmann has too much of that. It's been a while since I was shopping in Wiesbaden, so I don't know if it still exists, but I used to buy fabric and yarn at "Karstadt", a department store with a reasonably big fabric section. It's not too far away from Listmann, in the pedestrian area. But I can't promise you that fabric is dramatically cheaper there than on base. I find most of it pretty expensive.
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ashtonrose
« Reply #5 on: October 01, 2005 12:57:21 AM »

Thanks.  I just met a lady at the arts and craft center here on base and she said to order online.  She said even with the shipping I'll be paying less.  So, off I am to find online shops.

Ya'll have been great!
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CraftyZary
« Reply #6 on: October 03, 2005 07:02:50 AM »

Yes! for fabric the best choice is Online, fabric is pretty expensive here. 8-9 Euros per meter are the standard prices for the most 'normal' simple fabrics (and about 6 Euros when they are on Sale) but I usually pay at the stores around 12-18 Euros per meter for nice fabric, so the best choice is Online, I buy a lot of fabric Online.

A tip: If you are looking for fabric a bit more thicker like for decoration, curtains, bags or something else, you can find really really cheap fabric in IKEA, but I don't know if you have an IKEA there.  They have usually some fabric for as little as 3-5 Euros per meter and the quality is good, but as I said, they are a little thicker, not for clothing. 
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