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Posted on: 6/27/14 1:02 AM
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Address: Old Central School, 10 NW 5th Street
Grand Rapids
Minnesota 55744
United States
Phone: 218-326-9661
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Have you bought anything from this store? If yes were the prices competitive? The first time I visited this store was in 2012 when I bought some peacock fabrics for a snap purse project and a couple of Wizard of Oz fabrics for our vacation quilt. I was back at this store in June 2014. I found the prices to be very competitive and there are a lot of very unique fabrics in the store -- see comments at the end of this review.

Were the sales people polite and friendly? As with almost every small town quilt shop I visit, the staff are extremely polite and very, very friendly. Of course the appliqued sign hanging outside the door is very welcoming -- "Your husband just called and said you could buy whatever you want" (or words to that effect).

How would you rate the quality of the item this store sells? High quality quilting cottons for the most part -- when I work out the exchange rate, the fabrics are less expensive than any I can buy locally of the same quality. This store also carries a wide variety of name-brand notions, patterns and a good selection of bag supplies and batting. They also have a lot of batik fabrics -- several came home with me in 2014.

How was your shopping experience. Is there anything you did not like about this store? Love this store and the fact that it is in an old historic school that has been restored to maintain its historic charm is an added bonus. You actually feel like you are walking through a old schoolhouse and its various rooms are used for a number of different purposes.

Would you shop here again? Any time I am in the area.

Would you recommend this store to others? Highly recommend if you are in the area.

Any other comments you would like to add? Grand Rapids, Minnesota is the birthplace of Judy Garland and as such this quilt shop carries a wide selection of Wizard of Oz fabrics and usually has a few Oz projects on display. This year was the 75th anniversary of the Wizard of Oz movie release and the quilt shop had designed a quilt which they had on display and were also selling as a kit. It was a beautiful quilt and if I hadn't already spent a ton of money on quilting fabric during our vacation, the kit would have been tempting (this was my last quilt shop stop of our vacation).

On the upper level of the building is a Judy Garland display -- some great costumes from the movie as well as a lot of photos from her childhood. The official Judy Garland museum (including her childhood home which was moved to the museum location) are at the south end of town (beside the Country Inn & Suites hotel). Well worth the visit for any Judy Garland and/or Wizard of Oz fans.

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