If you are a regular reader you know that I am lucky enough to Snowbird ‘down south’ each year…go on Shop Hops and Quilt Shows and visit Quilt Shops…lots of quilt shops. I have a fairly good idea of what fabric costs down in California…. :o) When I left in March fabric was $10.50 a yard…with the talk of it going up to $11.
We travelled up the I-5, with a two day stop in Portland, OR and I stopped in at Pioneer Quilts Quilt Shop…fabric was $10.50 a yd. Now Pioneer Quilts is about a five hour drive to the Canadian border. My guess is that fabric is about $10.50 in Bellingham, WA located 20 minutes from the Canadian Border.
I’d like to know what happens to fabric between there and HERE?? Why are we Canadian quilters/sewers paying SEW much for fabric?
Yesterday I bought this little stack of Homespuns…1/2 metre cuts (1 m.=39”) so about 19 inches of fabric in each piece. The bottom black piece was from Kathy Schmitz’s line called Full Circle..the shop didn’t have any black Homespuns so I am substituting this…I needed 2 1/2 metres.
Are you sitting down?? Total cost was over $80! And that is with a 20% off discount because it was the ‘last Saturday of the month special’! Today this little pile would cost over $100!
I jokingly said at the till ‘WOW'…are you sure that’s right?’ The sales girl thought it was high too and checked and sure enough…over $80!!.
Would you believe Homespuns are $19.99 a meter? The black Kathy Schmitz piece was $17.99! YIKES!!
Now before you say stop shopping at this Quilt Store…IT ISN’T THIS SHOP…they ALL have prices like THIS!
So what I would like to know is, WHY the big mark up on fabric?? When I compared the price of patterns and books they are roughly the same…notions are the same, GO! dies are the same…WHY the HUGE mark up on FABRIC?? I mean OK…a couple of bucks maybe BUT over $9 a metre is WAY TOO MUCH!!
So my reason for writing this?…I really want to know what happens at the border? What is the custom’s duty on fabric? If I drove over to Bellingham,WA and bought a yard of Homespun fabric, then paid the duty, would it come to $19.99 a metre?? Inquiring minds want to know!!
I think this also means that NEXT YEAR this Snowbirder needs to buy more fabric..WAY more fabric! What do you think?
Have a Sunny Sunday and Happy Quilting!~P