Sunday Stash #97 – What I Paid For Designer Fabric
Like most of the entire blog community, this week I read the fantastic article, “What You Should Pay For Designer Fabric” from the Right Sides Together blog. Whether you (dis)agree with the arguments, it’s a smorgasbord of food for thought! Personally, I probably fall somewhere in the middle. For sure I want to find fabric at the cheapest rate, but I also want the fabric shops / small business owners that I love to succeed. It’s an incredibly fine, fine line.
So when I got the email blast that my LQS, The Remnant Warehouse, had a 25% off sale this weekend, I figured that was a sign from the fabric deities. I picked up a metre of hunter green homespun, and this Comma roll, both for Cody’s t-shirt quilt. (Surprisingly, I didn’t have any of that Comma in my stash!) I left the price tag on, so you can bear witness to the prices we pay in Australia.
1.5 metres = 1.64 yards
$36.00 AUD (tax inclusive) = $31.28 USD
1.64 yards, purchased at $31.28 USD = $19.07 USD / yard at regular price.
After the 25% discount, that roll of Comma cost $14.30 USD / yard.
I’m not faulting my LQS for this. They have a business, and they deserve to turn a profit; after all, they’re not a charity! On the flip side, you can see there’s quite a discrepancy between the regular price in the US, versus here in Australia, even when fabric is on sale. Honestly, I don’t know the solution. However, all I can do for now is to continue to purchase from both my LQS and overseas to support both the small business owner, and my wallet.
I’m flying to Hong Kong today, so there will be mostly radio silence on the blog for the rest of the week. You’ll undoubtedly find me over on Instagram (IG: molli_sparkles), where I’ll be posting images of my first trip there. I’m not sure I’ll have much time to fabric shop, but if I do, you can be sure I’ll find the good stuff!