Glad you've found us here, or perhaps you've been reading a while already and have just 'taken the plunge' and decided to start posting too. Either way, it's great to have you here! It sounds a little like you might be a needlework shop owner? If so, we'd love to hear about it! As you might guess, we like
I have to say that I don't buy much embroidery floss, but when I do, the only place here with a full color series is Ben Franklin, which IS a locally owned store, still owned by the same family that started it at least 50 years ago, and maybe longer. So I think of buying from them as buying locally, I guess. Other than that, my choices are Michael's, Hancock's, JoAnn's, WalMart, etc. The last needlework shop here closed a couple years ago, and I was one who lamented greatly, as the things she carried are not available anywhere I know of now, and I bought lots of stuff there. She was quite busy and only closed her shop because her family situation made it impossible for her to work away from home, so now she just does long-arm quilting. Before that, the only needlework shop in town (the two didn't overlap in time) closed about 15 years ago when the original owner retired and sold it.
Like many others, my town is down to mainly quilting shops and the chains. Compared to many people's situation, I feel lucky to at least have chain stores here. I think we all try to patronize our local businesses when we can. There have been quite a few threads on the board, and many, many posts on supporting local businesses, because as sewers and needleworkers, we have surely learned what happens when there is a dearth of enthusiasts to be customers. Sometimes no matter how much we might buy from a shop, if there isn't the client base in the area, they just aren't going to make it.
If you're lucky enough to have good needlework and/or fabric shops in your town, you're lucky indeed!
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