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Date: 5/20/13 8:37 PM

I may getting a day trip to NYC with the hubby on Memorial Day. Hubby is willing to go fabric shopping again, and we've been to the district twice before. Normally on Monday I know we'd be good, but with the Memorial Day holiday I have no idea. I would think that most of it would be closed, but I could be totally wrong. So before we plan a trip around the garment district I would like to find out if anything would be open. Anyone can clue me in? Not concerned about specific stores-though Metro would be nice-just if the stores are generally open or closed. Thanks a lot!
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Date: 5/21/13 1:39 AM

My guess would be no but why don't you call a couple and ask? Their numbers shouldn't be hard to find.

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Date: 5/21/13 5:23 AM

Are there any places you can call to find out. This is a big holiday weekend that kicks off summer. I would most definitely think they aren't open

Which by the way, I live on Long Island NY. Was thinking about checking that area out one day. How is it? I'm specifically looking for cotton/spandex, organic fabrics, etc.... how's pricing compared to shopping online or in a local store?
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Date: 5/21/13 9:53 AM

The pricing depends a bit on what you're looking for and how much time you're willing to spend bargain-hunting. For the nice stuff that can be made into wardrobe staples, Mood, Elliott Berman, Paron, and B and J are probably the most reliable sources (haven't been to Metro yet though I hear good things). Those 4 stores all have online stores as well, though of course the selection at the physical stores is wider than online. Paron's usually has some really nice stuff for half-off, so you can find good deals without spending too much time. There are lots of other smaller fabric stores that carry a bunch of stuff of varying qualities for lower prices, and it's possible to find fabrics on par with stuff from the pricier stores, but you have to either get lucky or spend a ton of time looking. You can get the same sorts of prices online from Fashion Fabrics Club but the quality there varies as well.

If you're looking for specific designer lines, like Liberty, then the prices are more or less the same, sometimes more expensive in the district. I've seen some japanese fabrics marked up $10/yd at B and J's.

I would say going to the Garment District is more about the experience (and partly the selection) than the money-savings. We are after all living in the age of the Internet, where you can get fabric from half-way around the world more easily than making a cup of tea. But there's really nothing quite like standing in a room filled to bursting with bolts of fabric, and then walking just down the street to another series of rooms filled to bursting with more fabric :D

Oh I almost forgot to mention, another great reason to go to the garment district even though it might be cheaper to shop online is that there's a huge variety of trim and notions stores there. Adding good, high-quality trim on a garment can make a huge difference in the overall impact. I haven't spent a lot of time looking for trims online but it seems the selection online isn't very wide. One of my favorite stores in the district is Shindo, which you can't order online at all, and is worth a trip out in itself. Whenever I go to that store I end up spending at least a couple hours there. As for notions, Amazon actually has a great selection of Clover notions and Gingher shears for really low prices, but you have to know what you're looking for, and sometimes it's nice to go to a brick-and-mortar where everything's displayed to help you find out about what sorts of tools are available.

Dammit now I wanna go to the district but I'm trying to stick to a fabric fast >.<
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Date: 5/21/13 10:02 AM

Paron is my favorite - great stuff, well-labeled, priced well. Very, very nice people there to help you, too. Paron's online presence is www.manhattanfabrics.com Sorry I can't include a link because my computer at work uses whatever IE version that can't do that on PR.

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Date: 5/21/13 10:21 AM

Hehe I was going through a barrage of editing when I remember that and changed my post and then I saw yours pop up when I reloaded >.> Including the links is a great idea! Here are the 4 I mentioned:
Paron
Elliott Berman
B and J
Mood
Mood and Elliott Berman has email flyers so it could be useful to be on their mailing lists. Mood sometimes offer one or two fabrics for 50% off on their website so being on their list can help alert you to these discounts.

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Date: 5/21/13 1:49 PM

I'm pretty sure that Elliot Berman keeps regular business hours (M-F. 9-5) since most of their business is not foot traffic. If open, I can highly recommend Fabrics & Fabrics (formerly Lace Star). Awesome selection of silk at very nice prices (I picked up a piece of silk twill/blouse weight for $12/yd). I know they have other fabrics as well (like several aisles of brocades), but I spent all of our group's allotted time in the silk section. Enjoy if you go!!

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Date: 5/21/13 2:22 PM

Now, this is interesting. I went to this store - PS - years ago (2003?), but when they were forced to relocate, I lost track of them. Since they aren't in the Garment District, they don't get a lot of press, but if you're strolling around Soho or Chinatown, it wouldn't be difficult to wander in. I remember it as being a little dark, with a few dusty corners, but stocked to the ceiling with fabrics and yarn and notions. It reminded me a little of the 5&10 stores of my childhood. Sorry that my work computer is link-less on PR:
http://www.yelp.com/biz/ps-fabrics-new-york#query:ribbon%20store
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Date: 5/22/13 11:19 AM

Apparently NYC is the number one destination for this Memorial Day weekend, according to a news report I heard recently. I'm going to (hopefully) miss the crowds and be there the following weekend. I will make note of all the helpful information here. Thank you, everyone who responded.

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Date: 5/22/13 2:28 PM

Unfortunately Mood will be closed on Memorial Day. Not so much our decision as the decision of the building owner to close the entire building that day. Hope you can visit Mood another time!

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