Fabric Crush closing

We heard today from the My Wallingford blog that Fabric Crush, the fabric store in Wallingford Center will be closing next month. They opened just a year ago, in March of 2010. Sarah Stine, the owner, said that she will continue to operate on-line:

We will be closing the retail shop at Fabric Crush.  I plan on continuing the business as an online shop.  I’d like to thank the many, wonderful customers who have shopped at or taken a class at Fabric Crush.  We tried to create a light, bright and beautiful place to find fabric here in Seattle.

So sorry to hear, that, Sarah. While there’s no Amazon or iTunes of textiles to crush the brick and mortar stores like yours) [correction, see first comment below], no doubt there are a thousand smaller alternatives able to offer similar commodities at lower prices without the overhead costs of rent and such. We asked Sarah about what she thinks we’re losing when stores move on-line:

Being able to see it and touch it, feel the quality of the fabric. It’s really important to have neighborhood fabric shops.

The last day in Wallingford Center will be June 10th and Sarah notes that their tables and fixtures are for sale and the samples (quilts, skirts, dresses, things hanging on the wall) will be going on sale next week.

Also, all items are on sale now (from their web site):

  • May 23rd-29th 25% off
  • May 30-June 5th 30% off we will close at 7pm
  • June 6th-10th 35% off we will close at 7pm

(Store photo from Fabric Crush web site)

  1. Sarah said,

    Actually, Amazon does own fabric dot com.

    Tue, May 24 at 11:23 am
  2. Hoodette said,

    I am so saddened by this! I am a novice sewer and I really enjoyed the beginner class I attended. I am wary to buy fabric online because no matter how great the photos are, it is very hard to judge the fabric’s elasticity. I’ll miss you, Fabric Crush!

    Tue, May 24 at 12:33 pm
  3. Kristin said,

    So sad! I love that place. Great fabric, and friendly and knowledgeable staff. I’ll look for them online.

    Tue, May 24 at 12:55 pm
  4. erica said,

    I am sad to see them go. There is a serious lack of fabric stores around here!

    But…I did find the shop to be a little too empty. I’ve never seen a fabric shop with so much unused space before. I thought it should have been filled with more fabric.

    Also, everytime I went I hoped to find Japanese fabrics, but they never had them. Amy Butler and the like is not hard to find, but great Japanese cottons are what I always seek out in fabric stores. I like to support local businesses, but if you don’t sell what I want, I’m forced to go online.

    That said, I did appreciate the shop for what it was and will miss it. I will definitely be stopping by soon to buy some of the sale fabrics.

    Tue, May 24 at 4:24 pm
  5. Josie said,

    I am devastated by this! Fabric Crush got me through my maternity leave – and launched my sewing hobby. My baby girl and I will both miss the store terribly. What a wonderful place to shop!!!

    Tue, May 24 at 4:39 pm
  6. Margaret said,

    How sad! I hope to make it up there for some of the William Morris-inspired fabrics if they’re still available.

    Tue, May 24 at 8:56 pm
  7. Sofia said,

    nice post I

    Thu, July 21 at 6:46 am
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