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Visiting FabricMart- the bricks and mortar store
A funny tale with a happy ending
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Date: 8/21/13 10:54 AM

I don't usually post non sewing type things, but this anecdote was too funny to not share...

I was on my way home from a short trip to Washington to Ontario, Canada and had noticed that Fabric Mart was not really that far out of my way. Only an hour. Maybe an hour and a half.. Don't judge me- you KNOW that you would do the same thing!

I had emailed them the week before to ensure that they would be open and pulled into the parking lot behind/beside the building.

As I got out of my car a young guy, who had been pulling out, stopped his truck and said to me -"He's not there today".

I was confused and asked "You mean he's closed? Isn't ANYONE there?"

"Nope" he replied "It's funny because he is usually always there. Do you want me to try to call him?"

He made a phone call and sure enough, I could hear a phone ringing loudly. No answer. He was being so helpful and sweet.

"Shoot", I said (inwardly saying other words that started with S) "I came All The Way From Canada for this very reason!"

At this point I was getting a bit miffed. I could have visited Karen in Philly or Renee in Baltimore and I had wasted my time because I wanted some stupid fabric from a stupid store that wasn't even stupidly open!
I started to become resigned to a trip with no fabric purchases. Sad isn't it?!
Then I was really confused because at that moment I could see someone through an open door to the building carrying a bolt of fabric.
"Can't she help me?" I asked pointing at the woman.
"What? Her? She doesnt work for him, she works in that business next door- I don't really know what it is."

ARGGHH! That poor sweet boy thought that I came 800 miles to see a mechanic in small town Pennsylvania who shared a back parking lot with a fabric store!

I laughed- he thought I was crazy and left, and I happily spend an hour and some $$ in Fabric Mart- where they are very helpful and friendly by the way!

Does anyone else have any HAPPY ENDING stories about mix-ups in communication?

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Date: 8/21/13 11:00 AM

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Don't judge me- you KNOW that you would do the same thing

I would too Connie. I would too.

And - LOL!!!!!!!! That poor soul. Who looks for mechanics or food or anything when there's FABRIC to be bought?!

And I'm super jealous. I would LOVE to go to FabricMart!

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Date: 8/21/13 12:53 PM

Well, my first trip to the B&M FM coincided with a "everything in the store $0.50 or $1.00/yd. I almost considered making the kids sit on top of piles of fabric on the 11-hr drive back to Michigan!

But my misunderstanding-happy ending story regards a delivery truck. My DH used to work for a high-end wrought iron furniture company, and DMIL dooled over their stuff, which was too pricey for her frugal ways, even with DH's employee discount. Whenever they'd visit, she'd go through everything in the "bone yard", which was the seriously flawed pieces, but couldn't find anything worth buying, even though it was priced below scrap metal prices. Then a supplier had a problem with some paint: black flecked with gold, and the gold disappeared with sun exposure--not too good when most of the furniture was outdoor furniture. Whole truckloads of matching furniture was suddenly available at prices so low, the delivery cost more than the furniture! DMIL, with help from us, purchased enough matching furniture to fill a cottage DMIL & DFIL had just purchased, and DJ and I arranged to take the family out to the cottage to make sure the delivery went well. This cottage is in the middle of nowhere in the Pocono Mts. in PA. DH knew the name of the driver and what freight company. After watching the same truck from that company drive back and forth several times in front of the cottage, he flagged him down--"are you Bob from XYX co? follow me." Well, long story short, it was a different delivery from same company with same-named driver on this back-back-country road. However, the other Bob showed up soon after, and DMIL was so happy with the truckload of matching furniture for less than $400 that I think DFIL got lucky that night for the first time in decades!

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