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)