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Date: 8/28/13 0:01 AM

Yesterday DH and I drove to Berkeley where he had some business at the University. Afterwards, I spent about an hour at Stone Mountain and Daughter. Parking is usually a bear there, but a space opened up just as we arrived! The store was busy as it has been every time I have shopped there. The prices were as high as always, but the quality of the fabric was worth every dollar. I installed DH in a chair at the pattern table where he remarked, I guess this is a sort of hardware store for women" :D
I looked at all the beautiful fabrics in every color and pattern, but I simply got stuck. I couldn't choose- it was just too much. I finally got a really nice, black rayon knit, but I felt like the country mouse as I lined up to get my fabric cut and saw all the other's colorful fabrics. Has anyone else had this loss of creativity when faced with too many choices?

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Date: 8/28/13 0:53 AM

Sadly, yes. I was that way when I was at Mood in NYC (and every other fabric store I went into), at Fratelli Bassetti in Rome (over 100,000 bolts of fabric there in the most astonishing maze of rooms and hallways -- what did I come away with? Swimsuit fabric), and at Tissus Reine in Paris (I did buy rather a lot of pre-cut fabric at another shop down the road, though; that was rather less overwhelming).

I'm just happy that at the one really upscale fabric shop here in Copenhagen, I'm comfortable making up my mind and buying (not that I can *afford* to buy much, but that's a different thing entirely!).

All of which to say: you're not alone.

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Date: 8/28/13 1:39 AM

It's really why I prefer to shop online. I can shop for 10-15 minutes, then do something else, then decide what I really want.

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Date: 8/28/13 4:31 AM

I so rarely have a chance to go to even a small upscale fabric store that the very idea of Mood or Stone Mt. would send me right off my head. Even when visiting small shops with limited supplies I have to write myself a note about what I set out to buy then stick to it. I visited Selvages in Missoula last week with the intention of buying two yards of silk organza and managed not to give way to the siren song of a roll of gorgeous linen/cotton.

By the way, there was exactly two yards and two inches left on the roll of organza.

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Date: 8/28/13 5:09 AM

I use the too much stuff as a tactic to keep my pocket book in check. When I have an itch for some great fabric I see online, I will go shopping and fill my cart, or carts up with everything that strikes my fancy. Then having so much stuff picked out and ready to go I can realize that I just cannot, really cannot afford it, and besides I do not need it, having a roomful of fabric waiting to be used. So, I just close all the shopping tabs and walk away without having spent anything I cannot afford.

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Date: 8/28/13 7:14 AM

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but I felt like the country mouse as I lined up to get my fabric cut and saw all the other's colorful fabrics. Has anyone else had this loss of creativity when faced with too many choices?


Not only did I lose my creativity, I also had problems breathing once whilst shopping for fabric in Singapore. So many possibilites! Ack!

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Date: 8/28/13 12:27 PM

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I use the too much stuff as a tactic to keep my pocket book in check. When I have an itch for some great fabric I see online, I will go shopping and fill my cart, or carts up with everything that strikes my fancy. Then having so much stuff picked out and ready to go I can realize that I just cannot, really cannot afford it, and besides I do not need it, having a roomful of fabric waiting to be used. So, I just close all the shopping tabs and walk away without having spent anything I cannot afford.

Good strategy!

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Date: 8/28/13 12:54 PM

I was at Stonemountain on Friday, and walked away without buying a thing. Too much all at once! I didn't even go upstairs to the bargain room...

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Date: 8/28/13 1:19 PM

I agree. I get overwhelmed by fabric shopping. I was recently in Michael Levine in Los Angeles and although I did buy what I came in for (pant fabric/dress fabric) I had to stop and set the bolts down and breath! The owner (?) manager (?) not sure who he is, but he seems to be the one in charge asked me if I needed help. I sort of laughed and said I was trying to make up my mind on what I wanted. He smiled and went on. He probably hears that a lot! Then after visiting their retail store I went to their Loft! Oh my gosh! I bought several lengths of fabric and even put some back. I left that day with four bags of fabric and then had to walk back to my car in the 90 + degree heat! In the end I am glad I went. I got what I wanted, but I also had to 'cool' down after a shopping spree like that. I always think maybe if I went more I wouldn't get so overwhelmed! Yea right! I am one of those 'old school sewists' that like to feel the fabric so I need to shop in a brick and mortar store. I do some internet fabric shopping but not often.

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Date: 8/28/13 1:27 PM

When I lived in Korea and headed to the giant fabric market Seoul, I always made a list of what I needed. This place beats any other store or market in the world (four interconnected buildings, at least four stories each!), so you could lose your head as soon as you walked into the place.

Occasionally I'd just go and browse but for a successful trip, I had to plan ahead. For one season, I was working on a purple and red wardrobe capsule so all items had to fit into that plan. I usually shop online these days and it's weird, the less variety the less discipline I have on what I end up buying... LOL

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