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Posted on: 10/7/04 7:34 PM
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I honestly don't know whether to choose 2 or 3 stars, so I just hit a 2. I've never been to an Expo before so I can't compare it. I had VERY simple expectations, and those expectations were met. My simple goals were to: #1, find the place (no small task considering I'm new to the area) and #2, shop!

Many booths catered to quilters, as reviews of this Expo in other cities have noted. I just bypassed them and headed for my targets: Vogue Fabrics for fabric & trim, Cynthia Guffey for some patterns, The Button Shoppe, and The Wool House. Vogue had some yummy silk/rayon Asian brocades beyond the usual brocades you see everywhere. I picked up enough for a jacket (I hope!! Hard to figure when it's 29" wide) and I also picked up some frog closures. They had lots and lots of beaded trim. I really wanted knits, though, and that selection was lacking. I found the cutest elephant shell buttons at The Button Shoppe. From June Colburn's booth, I picked up a piece of fantastic Japanese obi. I was really tempted by the vintage haori she had because high quality ones are getting so hard to find, but ... ugh, never enough money to go around.

I stumbled on a booth from an independent fabric store that's not too far from my home and it has classes, so that was nice. The fabrics were lovely and creative. I bought a gorgeous golden velvet to make a holiday season top.

I did not take classes this time. Next year I absolutely will. Parking was $11 but in exchange for the parking receipt you get a $8 coupon to use at a booth if you purchase $30 at that booth -- very easy to do!!! I didn't find any incredible bargains, on the contrary, I felt I paid top dollar for everything, actually.

Overall I was satisified. I was very very grumpy when I walked in, due to darn Mapquest directions being wrong, and I got there later than I wanted to, which meant I had to LEAVE earlier than I wanted to avoid rush hour traffic. But, grumpiness faded away as soon as I started pawing through fabric, so overall it was a good day.

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