Monday, October 13, 2008
I got an email from Fabric.com to tell me their warehouse was having its annual zip-bang-boom super duper clearance sale this past Saturday. And it is only an 45 minutes away from where I live. So, duh!
I think I practiced remarkable self restraint. I mean, they were selling fabric by the pound. Me and my friend Amanda got there within 10 minutes or so of the doors opening. We passed two women in the parking lot who warned us they took one look in the door, saw the melee, and left. Since openly scoffing them seemed impolite, we just thanked them and went in.
Already the entire warehouse was teeming with steely-eyed women elbow deep in the big fabric piles, feverishly filling the kind of industrial-sized canvas tubs you only see in prison laundry scenes.
I waded right in and really enjoyed it. There was this exciting feeling, like any moment you would uncover a huge stash of Tula Pink selling for $3 a pound. I didn't find anything like that, just a few very small pieces of Amy Butler's, but I did see other women protectively hording some designer fabrics. Apparently next year I need to be the first in the door.
I got a lot of fabric I love, and also fabric I wouldn't normally buy, like linen, fur, and knits, so I can experiment and learn. Knits scare me.
And then we couldn't just drive by the exit for Ikea* without going, so of course I had to buy some cool fabric there too. I absolutely positively resolve not to buy more fabric for a while.
*the Ikea fabrics are top photo, far left, and bottom photo, far left.