Member since 11/23/04
Date: 11/26/04 10:17 AM
What with all the pushing and shoving for $30 DVD players, it's always kind of a surprise to me that our local fabric store chains get in on the madness that is Black Friday, too. Did you venture out ? What did you bring home to sew or otherwise artistically transform ?
Might as well start this party - I didn't buy much. Rent week and Black Friday are always the same week ! I went out to get three new patterns on sale for 99c each from Hancock Fabrics. As a bonus, I scored a free out-of-date Vogue pattern catalog ! I love having pattern catalogs around to leaf through.
Simplicity 5329 - Easy To Sew robes and pajama pants/shorts for Hubby and Son. Gonna make 'em nice matching flannel robes after I finish the three fleece Christmas blanket project
Simplicity 4968 - Six Made Easy blouses. I'm gonna make the big jump from doll clothes to me clothes. I'm a big girl - I like to say I'm built for luxury, not speed ! - and I'm hoping for a positive experience.
Simplicity 7236 - Six Made Easy pull on pants and shorts and t-shirts. I'll probably start with this one. I figure if I can make pull-on corduroy pants for a My Size Barbie and set-in sleeves for a regular size Barbie, this one shouldn't be hard at all.
Couldn't find the heavily advertised 50% off cotton prints anywhere. Just the same 50% off Christmas prints they've had up since Labor Day and the Halloween stuff that was 40% off 10/12.
So, did you snag anything good this Black Friday ? Wanna hear all about it !
|Leslie in Austin
Member since 1/30/03
Date: 11/26/04 8:19 PM
My haul today:
-Six yards of black Ambiance lining at half price
-Two and a half yards of nice, heavy faux suede at half price
(intended for McCall's 4596)
-a new seam ripper, some tailors chalk, and a zipper, at half price
-10 yards of muslin (for a project and for future test fittings) at half price
-felt squares for a dime each
And of course a full price emergency need KS pattern.
Still have another 40 or 50% off Joann's coupon for tomorrow. Hmmmm.....what else do I need?
Member since 8/24/02
Date: 11/26/04 8:25 PM
I hit Joanns this year again but not too hard. Last year I got the cutting table for about $40 after all the coupons. That was my best deal.
This year (and the same as last) the cutting table line was full of people getting flannel for 99cents a yard. I don't sew alot of flannel so I wasn't interested but I did stand in the cutting table line for 30 minutes for the cheap Joanns interfacing at 10cents a yard. I purchased the entire 48 yard bolt. I also got a 5 pack of rotary cutter blades at half off regular, a french curve ruler with imperial measurements at half off, two vogue patterns at 3.99 each and two packs of clear elastic. To top everything off, I had a 20% off the grand total. I did good.
I did not attempt any other store in the area. My local Staples was packed to the gills when I drove by with people waiting to get in 30 minutes after opening!
Member since 1/4/03
Date: 11/26/04 11:08 PM
i went to JoAnns about 10:30 and the lines were very long, both at the cutting table and the check-out register, so I knew I didn't have time to stand in two lines, what with a hair cut scheduled for 12noon, so.........I bought 6 simplicity patterns for 99 cents each for my 13 YO granddaughter whom I am teaching to sew. She will be pleased.
I might venture out tomorrow because I could use some of that 99 cent for grandchildren pj's and I am also thinking of making pillowcases to match them. I have waaaaaaaaay too many gifts on my list to make.
Member since 3/3/03
Date: 11/27/04 1:06 AM
I hit JoAnns right before noon and the cutting table was 10 deep. Guess people were using their 50%-off-if-used-by- noon coupons. By the time I found the three colors of 72" craft felt (on sale) I needed for a project, the lines were pretty cleared out. I absolutely was not going to buy any more fabric to add to the stash, but still looked a bit. Didn't see anything new to speak of at any better price that it has been. Picked up 5 McCall craft patterns and 1 Vogue skirt (8002), hit the half-off notions wall for machine needles, clear elastic, and quilt pins. It's hard to use all the coupons when everything is already half price, so didn't use any this time. I skipped Hancock's because it's at the mall and I NEVER ever go to the mall on the day after T'giving! I will say that everyone at JoAnn's, customers and staff, were all good-humored so that was a plus!
Member since 4/4/02
Date: 11/27/04 12:12 PM
I hit JoAnn's last evening for the 50% off notions sale. I spent less than $40 because I only bought things that I needed. Still, it's nice to save $40 on things I'd have bought anyway! My JoAnn's is a fabric #### in the true sense of the word so there was no temptation there.
Member since 1/23/03
Date: 11/30/04 8:59 AM
Braved Joannes and got an ironing pad for my cutting table and 2 3/4 yds. blue moleskin for $32.00. I used my 40% off coupon and my 10% off ASG membership! I would have gotten a few patterns, but the tables were so full that I gave up (I forgot my PR wish list ).
Member since 8/12/02
Date: 11/30/04 9:12 AM
I agree with Gigi about the fabric at Joann. But I did end up buying 3 yards of black velvet to make evening bags, since it was on sale for 40% off. I also bought more rotary cutter blades and notions at the 50% off prices!
Member since 8/31/03
Skill: Advanced Beginner
Date: 11/30/04 12:59 PM
Wow, I must live in a city full of non-sewers. I have gone to my Joann's on the day-after-Thanksgiving for the past three years, and it is never a problem. If anything, this past Friday was better than usual because they had three people staffing the cutting table and two at the cash registers. No one else was even looking through the pattern books.
I bought some notions I'm not sure I'll really need, but I may: boning, colored Dritz snaps (including pearl snaps - I love those! ), and leather needles. Oh, I picked up their $25 Ott-lite. It was smaller than I expected - I think $25 is about right as far as pricing goes.
Also bought Vogue patterns since the $4.00 sale always pulls me like a moth to the flame. I quickly walked down the bargain fabric aisles, but nothing looked very good, and I did want to check out in time to use my 20% off before 9 o'clock coupon. I could have done a better job getting fabric for a couple of Christmas presents, but I may make another trip to Joann's this weekend for the thread sale, and I'll bring along my coupons.
New Mexico USA
Member since 9/20/04
Date: 11/30/04 2:19 PM
I braved our new JoAnn's, crutches and all (sure glad they had a wheel chair!!. Found out that for the past month since it opened that it has been the busiest store in the country!
The wait to get anything cut was running 1 1/2 hours and that was with numbers. It wasn't too bad for me (I had a "chair"). I found some long sought lace for my bra project, some bug fabric for DS and a Passover project (and gifts), and *finally* found some black and white check and dot fabric to do some crazy quilt projects. Unfortunatly the new McCalls and most of the Vogue patterns that I was looking for were not to be found! *ugh*! But that has become the norm as has been talked about on PR.
What I did see while waiting was that the fleece was flying, literally. Carts piled high with it. I think mostly for the cut and tie projects as I didn't see any other notions (zippers, thread et al.)or patterns in their carts.
The line to check out was not bad a all as the 'cutting table' was 'metering' the flow through the check out.
Although I find JoAnn's to be hit and miss for the most part I do hope that they try to maintain at least the basic's of what I have seen so far. For the most part if I am searching for something sepcific for a project I drive to Denver Fabrics (1 1/2 hours one way) or search on line. Most 'fabric' stores have become more craft than anything and even the JoAnn Superstore is Hobby Lobby/Michael's/Fabric Store thrown into a blender and there you have it.