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Date: 10/15/12 1:21 PM

I was in my favorite fabric store last week and there was a book case filled with fabric that had been part of an elderly woman's stash. She was moved into a rest home and family members gave the fabric to the fabric shop. They didn't know what else to do with it.
The fabric shop owner, rather than pricing the fabric, offered the fabric to customers, for a donation to be given to a local charity.
There were six shelves of fabric, but there were also approximately 25 plastic bins full of fabric.
Several of the bins had Pendleton fabric (complete with tags) from the 80's that cost $10 per yard. There had to be at least 50 pieces of the Pendleton fabric. There were dozens and dozens of pieces of silk charmeuse fabric, vintage bark cloth, yards and yards of good quality quilting fabric, cashmere, mohair - it was overwhelming! There were receipts with most of it and there had to be thousands of dollars worth of fabric.
I felt saddened that this woman had so many dreams for the fabric but she never got around to using it.
It made me rethink my stash.

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Date: 10/15/12 1:38 PM

That is very good food for thought! Thank you for sharing! I might add I joined the fabric fast and stash sew along so that my children do not have to deal with my stash!

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Date: 10/15/12 1:41 PM

Makes me rethink my stash too-- I've got to get around to those projects I keep putting off! But truth be told, I like shopping for fabric more than I like sewing, LOL.

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Date: 10/15/12 2:35 PM

Lately, when I receive an email about a sale at one of my favorite websites, I'll take a look around, but if I don't need it, DELETE! I have a large stash that needs whittling down and have to behave and just be happy with what I have.

She may have been a lot like me; wander into a fabric store and imagine all kinds of beautiful outfits in X fabric. Then the big purchase, prewash, tagging, and appropriate storage where it sets for months and months, maybe even years before I get around to even looking at it again. I chastise myself for the waste of money, but letting the imagination do its' thing is such a treat in any fabric store.

I don't care for the quality of most garment construction in RTW and/or it doesn't fit me properly so I buy fabric instead to make something similar. I promise, I am doing much more sewing than I ever have so I'm working on my Stash busting. I even joined a few sew-alongs here on PR to help me along.

Just imagine all the wonderful outings that woman spent in fabric stores (no online shopping for her) across the United States and abroad as she looked at and touched all those wonderful fabrics and dreamed about what she would make with them.....

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Date: 10/15/12 3:25 PM

Where is this fabric store?

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Date: 10/15/12 4:22 PM

I went to an auction about three weeks ago that had a similar situation. Actually I looked at it at previews and made sure I wasn't there when they sold the fabric. You could see the shopping trips the lady made through the progress of her fabric purchases, wool to double knits to households to kids to quilting and fabric that was purchased just to have because she'd bought the three variations of the colors.

It make me think about what will happen to my stash eventually. I really like the fabric store idea, it was not the best feeling seeing it at auction although it went for a lot of money- for auction that is.

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Date: 10/15/12 4:59 PM

I also want to know where that store is!!

I think the family and store owner had a creative idea for getting the fabric to people who would appreciate it

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Date: 10/15/12 5:00 PM

While I'm sure it is sad to think about this woman having dreams for her fabric and never got around to using it, she felt happy buying it in the first place and having those dreams. And to think the fabric store offered the fabric to customers for a donation to a local charity, is such a generous outpouring of kindness. I'm not sure what kind of charity was sponsored, but a local women's shelter here is struggling financially and would be more than happy for the support. Many fabric stores here, if not all, wouldn't touch the fabric, let alone sponsor a donation. So that store has my gold star!!!

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Date: 10/15/12 5:27 PM

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I felt saddened that this woman had so many dreams for the fabric but she never got around to using it.


Thank you for sharing this- it's a curiously touching story.

I'm going to suggest a different spin on it though: how lovely that despite her advanced years, and perhaps ill health, this lady never gave up her dreams of creating more beautiful things
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Date: 10/16/12 8:27 AM

I am going to treat the stash as I always have just leisurely pulling pieces that I want for sewing up something. I don't think it is any different than the yards full of clothing,junk,toys, household stuff that my non sewing sisters have wagged home and have to dispense of in their semi annual yard sales. I see from the street that their carports are full to the brim as well of sports equipment,hunt gear,ATVs, pricey toys, gaming devices etc. Sure the stash is ridiculous but the few times I buy specific pieces to sew with now as opposed to stash sewing I am reminded of how expensive fabric has become. This is not a money issue with me but I hailed from the day in college when one could go to the basement sections of department stores and come home with pattern and fabric (very acceptable quality) for a dollar or so. I am not stuck in time necessarily but it is sticker shock to go get fabric for a special project not to mention the limited selection that is now in the fabric stores. If my children have to deal with the stash ( not sure they won't just grab a few household things they like and turn it over to someone else then so be it. An estate person in town told me she got a slew of very nice stuff recently for her shop from an out of town daughter who only took the nicer silver and a few pieces of jewelry and grabbed a plane saying she didn't care what else was in the house or what became of it just clear it all. I am not going to lay awake at night and worry about the stash. If I become unable to sew I will try to give it away but until then it is my fabric library. At least it's not drugs, alcohol, or home shopping that the boxes remain unopened and when I am sewing from it I am not at the mall buying stuff to wag home. Only one of my daughters can thread a needle and she is a home dec and machine embroidery type sewist. After all the projects I have done for them and their children (just hemmed all oldest gs' new pants) well I guess it's their karma if they have to figure out what to do with mom's sewing stuff. If finances change so I can't buy more I will still be sewing in the meanwhile. Ask anyone who has lost a job or investments sour if they are proud of their stash.

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