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Topic: Michael's vs JoAnn's vs AC Moore  (Read 1948 times)
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meowari
« Reply #20 on: February 11, 2006 01:50:32 PM »

Wal Mart for fabric- Joann's and Hancock are two expensive and leave their sale signs up and won't give me the advertised price because the sale's over. That's happened 2 or 3 times at Hancock and at least once at Joann's, so I won't go to either unless I'm very very desperate. I go to Garden Ridge and AC Moore every time I visit my hometown and stock up on basics, Michael's if I can't find it at Wal Mart. I've been to the Hobby Lobby here a couple of times, but unless they're having a good sale, it's not even worth me hauling my tushy all the way there. We had a Fibercrafts outlet store here, but when I went by it the other day, a note on the door said they had closed the outlet store  Sad. There used to be a place called Piece Goods right by my house growing up, and they would have coupons for one cent notions in the paper every week... ahhh, the good old days...
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GirlyRoxx
« Reply #21 on: February 11, 2006 03:19:05 PM »

I live in Southern Cali. We don't have AC Moore, but i wish we did. Sounds like they have an awesome yarn selection.

Personally i find Michael's and JoAnn's to be somewhat disgusting. Those stores always seem dirty. I only go to either one if i know exactly what i'm going for, and i'm in and out.

My favorite in my area would have to be Tall Mouse. They have a great selection of yarn and they have fabric in addition to anything else you can think of. That store gets me in trouble!
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mandalol219
« Reply #22 on: February 11, 2006 03:21:27 PM »

 Cheesy I love where I live now! I live 10 minutes away from all three, as well as a Wal-Mart. I dunno which one I like more..hmm...A C Moore's Scrapbooking section makes me drool, though!
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« Reply #23 on: February 11, 2006 04:19:08 PM »

I can totally date myself by saying I WORKED at Piece Goods...... yikes.
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« Reply #24 on: February 11, 2006 04:35:13 PM »

I currently go to Michael's most often because of their paper/rubber stamps/jewelry/kid's crafts section- and because there's a very nice and tiny man that's always very helpful there.  I love good service.  I go to A.C. Moore when I want yarn or to look at different beads, etc.  I very rarely go to JoAnn's because I'm don't use too much fabric- maybe once or twice a year for small bits to do things with. 

Holy cow! This thread made me remember about Hobby Lobby- there was one when I lived in Texas- and I looked it up and found out there's one here!  I'm so excited now.....(That's what happens when you move a lot, you have to find stuff all over again....don't even get me started on trying to find craft supplies in Germany.....)
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« Reply #25 on: February 12, 2006 11:04:22 AM »

I have four craft stores close to my home : A.C. Moore (Good for ribbon and cheap t-shirts), Ben Franklins (ours has a HUGE supply of paints and frames), Hancock Fabrics (good for...fabric), and a Hobby Lobby (good for everything else). Out of all four I probably prefer Hobby Lobby because I don't sew as much as I used to and I love buying beads in bulk.

Oh, also a Walmart but most people do have a Walmart (or TWO) near them.

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« Reply #26 on: March 13, 2006 06:54:25 AM »

I'm a big A.C. Moore fan. The one around me has better prices on most things, the best yarn selection (I still haven't found a "LYS") of the chains, and a 40% off coupon every week. Plus, 70+ feet grab bags of ribbon for $1/ea. That said, they don't have fabric or some little things I've found at Michael's. But their staff is great too, here.
Oh, and this week ALL THEIR YARN is 33% off!!!
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« Reply #27 on: March 13, 2006 08:11:51 AM »

I've got a Michaels and Joann with in walking distance of each other. There is also a HUGE art supply store, Guirys, in walking distance too. Ah, Guirys.......... I'm also close to a hobby lobby which is MUCH cheaper than Michaels. I love hancok but there really isn't one close. I am lucky enough to live close to DENVER FABRICS!!! Oh, that place rocks. Great selection and great prices. You can actualy buy silk there. I've bought bridal fabrics there. And it's the only fabric store I've ever seen where they sell folkwear and buckaroo bobins patterns. Then there is the evil Denver Fabrics anex- they take left over or remnants or ends of bolts and sell them really really cheap. I can (and have) gotten into so much trouble there......
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« Reply #28 on: March 13, 2006 12:27:16 PM »

I'm in Southern CA and I have to second GirlyRoxx, I love Tall Mouse!  They're the best for fabric paints, dye and quilt prints (I also like Leah's Quilt Fabrics, but their prices are at least a dollar more per yard and their selection of novelty prints is limited).  Tall Mouse is pricey but has wonderful coupon sales.

I do like JoAnn's for apparel fabric, denim and corduroy and the like.  Their sales are pretty good and I've never had a problem with them denying me a sale price.  The one near me has also expanded their yarn selection and I think the prices are more reasonable than Michaels.  I try to avoid Michaels -- they never have what I want and their salespeople are not very knowledgable.  Plus, they don't carry fabric at our local store.  My LYS is Yarn Lady in Laguna Niguel -- love the shop, faint at the prices but they do have some reasonable basics and the occasional good sale.   

We don't have AC Moore or Hobby Lobby here.  The nearest Hancock's is 40 minutes from me -- I make the trek only when they have sales.  I do think they have a better selection of certain things than JoAnn's, such as trim, novelty quilt prints, ribbed knit, patches and buttons and the like.  They don't carry the kind of basic apparel fabric I normally like to sew with, though so....like I said, only when they have sales.

I think the chains vary a lot from store to store in terms of customer service and the actual products they carry.  Some are great, some suck, and some really cater to a niche group.  It's important to try them out and "vote with your pocketbook" when you find one you like. 
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« Reply #29 on: March 13, 2006 06:24:12 PM »

I'm lucky because I am so close to the Jo-Ann's headquarters in Hudson. The store there is HUGE. I hate regular Jo-Ann's stores, and would much rather shop a Jo-Ann's ETC...better selection of EVERYTHING!
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