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Message Board > Fabrics and more... > Things are a-changing at my local Hancock's ( Moderated by CynthiaSue)

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Date: 5/31/11 1:02 PM

My local Hancock's is undergoing some big remodeling and expanding its product line to craft items. Baking supplies, scrap booking, beading, etc. Big signs everywhere: "We're adding 10,000 new craft items."

I can't remember any changes made to that store in almost 20 years, so a new look is welcome. But a crafts look? The fabric and notions section looked about the same--nothing to cheer about, although their home dec stuff has been eye-catching of late.

Are stores in other cities changing as well?

Claudia

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Date: 5/31/11 1:30 PM

My local Hancock's has been in "clean sweep" mode for at least a month. The wall displays are down, top of pattern cabinets are naked and more floor is showing. Maybe you just explained why.

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Date: 5/31/11 2:04 PM

I live near Tupelo, MS, where the home store is located. Jo-Ann's has just moved into town and I'm so happy to see Hancock's have a little competition.

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Date: 5/31/11 2:10 PM

We don't have Hancock's here, just JoAnn's, but I have noticed the crafts 'creeping' into the fabirc side more and more over the years. Every time I'm in I see fewer bolts of fabric and more
kits, crafts, decorating, etc. A lot of it is really cheap crummy, throw away kids crafts. Some is sewing or quilting kits that seems to be ok quality. The last time, I saw a shelf displaying 'As Seen on TV' items and was pretty disgusted

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Subject: Things are a-changing at my local Hancocks Date: 5/31/11 3:07 PM

I haven't noticed any changes at our local Hancock's, but it's a pretty small store. In their most recent sales flyer though they were advertising dresses - so now they're going into the RTW business? Geez!

Honestly the only reason I go to Hancocks anymore is for pattern sales. I do like their HomeDec fabric though.

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Subject: Things are a-changing at my local Hancocks Date: 6/1/11 3:48 AM

Our Hancock's could totally use an update! There's a really nice home dec section, but the garment selection is dated and scary, and to be honest, I'd welcome crafts if they replaced the cheap RTW clothing (?!! Ugly broomstick skirts, cheap sweats, etc) they sell now!

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Subject: Things are a-changing at my local Hancocks Date: 6/1/11 8:23 AM

So depressing. I can't blame the fabric stores for this sort of thing, really - if enough people wanted nice fabric, the stores wouldn't feel the need to branch out. I just hope that they can stay in business at all.
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Date: 6/1/11 8:37 AM

BLT, I think you hit the nail on the head. Most of us that go into the fabric stores(on a regular basis)are looking for deals. I know I am. I'm not fabric savvy, like some on this site. I can tell you if it's a cotton/blend or a knit of some kind. But I don't know a t-knit from an ITY. I don't want to pay $12.99 for a piece of cotton or a t-knit. I don't care what the quality is. Truthfully, when I make a garment, I don't expect to have it last my life time. If I can get a couple of seasons out of it, I'm a happy camper. My tastes and body changes dictate revamping the wardrobe. Sometimes within a years time. I remember a friend of mine spent money she didn't have for an Aigner purse. She said it would last her a life time...who the heck wants the same purse for a life time? Agreed, special occasions, deserve special fabric, but on a daily basis, I don't want to be sewing on two yards of material for a simple blouse that cost me over $10.00 a yard. Give me that $1.99 a yard cotton print any time. I'll make a Silk purse out of a sow's ear

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Date: 6/1/11 9:03 AM

JTink... I am with you in that I don't want to spend $10 yd for a simple blouse/skirt... we are looking for nice but inexpensive fabric. I do shop the sales and have found nice quality fabrics at our local Hancocks and JoAnns at a reasonable price. They tend to have more cottons for quilting and home dec fabrics. Guess that is a bigger seller for them. I will keep buying garment type fabric from them when I find what I want/need to help keep them in business. I don't buy their cheap-looking RTW things or the TV advertised items...

And I do love the pattern sales... Our local Hancocks just started carrying the Burda Pattern line... very happy over that. Having lived overseas where it was hard to find fabric, I am very happy to have both stores nearby so I can get my notions, patterns, threads and fabric. I am one who really likes to 'feel the fabric' before I buy it. Been disappointed too many times over stiff, scrathcy fabric that I bought on-line.

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Date: 6/1/11 11:12 AM

Yes Claudia,

I went into one of my local Hancock Fabric stores last week and thought I was in Joann's. They've added a huge craft section.

~Deb.

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