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Kellie R.
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Date: 9/9/11 3:42 PM

It's been about two weeks since I've been to my local Walmart and I was very surprised to see that the fabric section was re-instated.

I know it's not high quality stuff, but it was nice knowing it was there... and I remember many people being disappointed when Walmart began phases out fabric a couple of years ago.

Has anybody else experienced the return of fabric to their local Walmart?

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Date: 9/9/11 4:44 PM

Kellie, they are coming back I think Wal-mart finally realized they shot themselves in the foot, when they got rid of them. I use to go into Wal-mart multiple times a week, just to check out the fabrics. From what I've read, a lot of us did. All that stopped, when the fabrics disappeared and Wal-mart lost the outer department sales.
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Date: 9/9/11 7:27 PM

Kellie, that's what I heard as well. Wal-mart hadn't realized that those of us who go in to buy fabric would pick up other things. Without the fabric, we stopped going. I know I did.

Originally I heard they discontinued fabric because it was a labor intensive item to carry. Someone had to be in the fabric department to measure and cut the rolls. I guess they have found out that the money they saved by cutting that position was more than lost by women who stopped coming.
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Date: 9/9/11 8:06 PM

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I guess they have found out that the money they saved by cutting that position was more than lost by women who stopped coming.

Isn't that the truth!
I'm still hoping it will return to my local store. I asked the ladies who use to cut but still are in the craft department about it. They still haven't heard that their store will get it back. They did tell me that they were the top fabric seller in the Northwest region. I believe in general this particular store does really well in revenue. I've heard many a person say that they will pass their nearest Wal Mart to go this "nice one." So maybe they feel they their space is too much of a premium to give up to a cutting counter. It's too bad because I picked up so many nice knits before and I've used them all up now.
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Date: 9/9/11 8:25 PM

It's small, but they have fabric again. The other store in town doesn't yet, but I'm hoping they will soon. Both stores are about 3 miles from our house and I travel past them several times a week. Now, to get in a shipment of cheap, interesting stuff that has wearable muslin potential...
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Date: 9/9/11 9:21 PM

For those of you who are getting fabric back, is it fabric on bolts or the pre-cut stuff?

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Date: 9/9/11 10:45 PM

It's on bolts. :)

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Date: 9/10/11 9:23 AM

Could be both! One of my Wal-marts has an entire isle of coordinating precut, with coordinating accessories. They are also getting bolts back in by October(so they say)
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Date: 9/10/11 11:01 AM

My Walmart in BC just lost it fabric department this year and I have rarely been in the store since. The only thing I buy there now are socks in bulk and occasionally plastic totes.

I will take a trip soon to see if they put the fabric back.

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Date: 9/10/11 11:37 AM

I was just in one of the stores in our town that shut down its fabric section, and didn't see fabric yet. The one store that kept its fabric department had it downsized so much it's not worth driving to that section of town to browse. I haven't checked the third WM in town yet, and the fourth one that was most recently built never had a fabric section from what I've heard from folks who have driven across the state line to look.

When it comes to fabric, WM is my LAST resort before I start hunting online.

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