I know! I know! You must not have been into a quilt shop in the last six months if you haven't noticed the price of fabric. I have to agree with you, it's terrible!!! Believe me I have been quite concerned by it. Many of you know the reason for it ... the price of cotton has skyrocketed in the past two years. Not only were there huge problems with crops (flooding, cold weather, etc) around the world, now China, the worlds highest consumer of cotton, ran out! So for now, we are paying the price. It's simple supply and demand, along with the price of shipping to get the fabric into our shops.
As a quilt shop owner....... this is scary! I read blogs that encourage us to shop on line where prices are lower. Ok! Let's just tackle the reason the "On-line Shops" are less expensive. It is really very simple: they don't have the overhead that the "Brick and Mortar" shops have. Yep! these shops pay BIG RENT!
If we don't support these shops, we WILL lose them. Where would we be then? I don't think we would have the quilting culture we have now if we did not have those cute little shops for classes and stitching help. We not only sell fabric, but Ideas, Inspiration and Instruction. We are the place you come to relax, feel the fabric, and enjoy some camaraderie with fellow quilters. On-line shops do not provide that. I have had people go so far as to come in, look at all the books, write down all the numbers from the bolts of fabric and go home to order it on line. Hmmm. Kind of feel used there.
Well, I didn't mean to get on a soap box, but I get a little discouraged when I read some of the blogs. Aunt Mary's has been here now for twelve years, and as far as I know, Aunt Mary's will be here to serve you, my friends, for many years to come. Happy Quilting!