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We're getting the first one in Oregon!
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Date: 5/21/13 1:58 PM

Hobby Lobby is coming to the Heritage Mall in Albany, OR, scheduled for early 2014.

We currently have only a JoAnn's and Wal-Mart (I can't speak to Wal-Mart's fabric department - never been there.) in town. One town over in one direction is another Wal-Mart; in the other direction Michael's, Jo-Ann's and Creative Crafts. Michael's & Creative Crafts don't have much in the way of fashion fabric but do carry some quilting goods.

Anybody have experience with Hobby Lobby?

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Date: 5/21/13 2:15 PM

Hobby lobby open in my town they have
Fabric mostly fleece upholstery cotton quilting.
Some patterns it not what I thought it would
Be. Lots of other stuff expensive .
It's a nice store. Closed on Sundays always

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Date: 5/21/13 2:18 PM

When I moved from Portland to Kansas City 13 years ago (yikes!), Hobby Lobby was one of the big "wins" of the move! (I loved our Craft Warehouse and miss it still, though. :))

It is NOTHING like any craft store you've been to. In addition to all the fabric/quilting/needlearts/model kits/framing/floral/bridal etc... the store is chock full of STUFF--really interesting home dec and gift ware that, quite frankly, must be seen to be appreciated. LOL Their selection of baskets, trunks, and decorative boxes cannot be rivaled.

It's a wonderful resource for me as a costumer; they have a great selection of home dec fabrics, and they stay in stock for ages. I buy most of my cotton and poly-cotton broadcloth there, as well as all the canvas I use for corsetry and underlining bodices. The rest of their fabric selection is definitely more "crafty--" things you'd use for Hallowe'en costumes or other non-apparel craft projects. The notions department is pretty slight--a few Fons & Porter quilting supplies and a small selection of threads--but they carry more of the essentials than, say, Michaels.

They have a massive holiday section, and Christmas decorations come in around August, and it's almost overwhelming. But I've nabbed a few great pieces for my historical costumes in that section, too.

One of my absolute Hobby Lobby standards, though, is their Christmas wrapping paper. It comes on huge rolls with 1" grid on the back--and that's what I use for all of my pattern drafting/tracing. I stock up on a couple new rolls every fall.

They have these kind of constant markdowns on a lot of items, and for coupons you have to go to their website and print them off (usually just 40% off a single item). The biggest drawback, IMO, is their hours. They close at 8 pm on weekdays, and they're not open on Sundays. The lines on Saturdays and weekday afternoons are pretty crazy.

Have fun! Your first Hobby Lobby outing is definitely an experience! LOL

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Date: 5/21/13 2:28 PM

Hobby Lobby is based out of Oklahoma City, where I live, so I have had a store fairly close for most of my life. I agree with what everyone else has said. Would just like to add that you will be celebrating the first time you come out of Hobby Lobby. Give yourself a couple of hours the first time you plan to visit and take plenty of money. Their wares are irrestible!!!!

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Date: 5/21/13 2:43 PM

We've had a Hobby Lobby here for just over a year and I just visited it for the first time last week. It may have been a life changing experience.

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Date: 5/21/13 5:42 PM

Well, Hobby Lobby is a great place for craft items. Shopped there for years. Their fabric section is not large, but well stocked. Plenty of items for the season. Notions are also limited, compared to JoAnns, but they have the basics. They do have a suprising mix of metalic buttons, which I can't find elsewhere.

A word of warning about their POS system at checkout: They don't have one. They don't even use a barcode scanner. So checkout is manual, lots of key punching, sometimes inaccurate, and takes a bit of time.

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Date: 5/21/13 8:54 PM

Our Hobby Lobby has installed barcode scanning AND an electronic signature credit card reader. I never thought I'd see the day!

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Date: 5/22/13 8:37 AM

Live in Upstate NY and we got a Hobby Lobby in Albany about 2 years ago. I was so happy, and still am. They are a fabulous store, terrific custome service, and tons and tons of product. I think you will be very very happy. Enjoy!

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Date: 5/22/13 9:02 AM

That's great! I've never been inside a Hobby Lobby store but every crafter I know who has thinks they're fabulous.
If I still lived in Oregon I'd be planning a trip for their opening.


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Date: 5/22/13 9:56 AM

As far as sewing, needlework and yarns I'd put them about the same as Hancock and Joann, although they do have much less fleece, so that's a point in their favor. They have more in the arts/crafts areas than Hancock and Joann. And a huge floral department. About half the store is decorator items like mirrors, wall pieces, picture frames and cheaply made small furniture like knick-knack shelves and end tables. And knick-knacks to put on them.

And I get there only about once a year if that, because they are closed on Sundays.

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