A while back I did my haul report for the Calgary version of the Grandmother’s Fabric Sale (2016), and on April 23 I was already heading up towards Red Deer with some friends for an SCA event… and convinced them we should check it out….
Well I didn’t anticipate getting as much as I did – but one of the other shoppers (who claims not to be a costumer…) was a huge enabler, and I ended up getting about twice as much as I anticipated!
(And having my photo taken, possibly for the newspaper…?)
I ended up getting….
3.3 meters navy blue 100% worsted wool twill weave (suit weight)
2.1 meters burgundy 100% worsted wool twill weave (suit weight)
3.6 meters burgundy 100% worsted wool flannel twill weave (suit weight/ lightweight coat weight)
1.1 meters brown twill weave (suit weight) This appears to be 100% wool
1.8 meters wool tabby weave with a white weft and a green warp (lightweight coat weight)
0.9 meters wool twill weave black and white diagonal stripes (lightweight coat weight) – appears to be 100% wool
2.3 meters twill weave black and white striped wool blend (likely nylon) (lightweight coat weight)
1 meter royal blue twill wool blend (likely nylon) (lightweight coat weight)
0.8 meters tweed-like teal wool blend (likely nylon) stepped twill (lightweight coat weight)
1 meter at full width, 0.8 meters at partial width light grey wool/nylon blend melton (coat weight)
0.9 meters grey and white wool herringbone weave (coat weight) – This appears to be 100% wool
8.2 meters natural white silk noil
2.4 meters hot pink silk noil
1 meter low-slub silk, cross dyed with gold and white for a slight metallic gold effect.
Other fibres (9)
1.2 meters gold/beige striped drapery fabric. Probably a poly/cotton blend
1.8 meters purple and teal striped taffeta. I’m pretty sure I have more of this fabric in my stash. Polyester.
1.1 meters red and copper/orange/gold taffeta stripes. Same fabric as above. Polyester.
1.2 meters fuchsia shot with black (for a purple/burgundy) taffeta. Polyester.
0.8 meters purple shot with black (for a dark purple) taffeta. Polyester.
0.4 meters black and metallic gold brocade. Likely polyester, LOTS of chunks cut out… 😦
4 meters medium grey tabby weave (suit weight) – synthetic, though looks like wool
0.9 meters (plus some chunks) medium grey tabby weave (suit weight) – synthetic, though looks like wool
2.1 meters light plum twill weave (suit weight) – synthetic, looks like wool
Calgary vs. Red Deer sales
There were a few differences to note between the sales in Calgary and Red Deer
The Red Deer sale did not have a door cost (though Calgary’s is only $2 which is nominal for the amazing prices)
The Red Deer sale did not organize their fabrics by how much yardage was in each bundle – there appeared to be some trends (like larger bundles were more frequent on one table, but that wasn’t a given).
The Red Deer sale was not nearly as busy – we arrived shortly after 9:00 a.m. and while the room was active, there was no line up to get in (and a 5-person line up to pay at the end) and there was no elbowing to get past other people to get to tables.
The Red Deer sale didn’t have a LOT of organization of different areas. There appeared to be yarn on one end of the room, notions & tools along another wall, home décor fabrics mostly (but not exclusively) on one table, and polar fleece mostly (but not exclusively) on one table, but fancies, wools, silks, cottons, knits, quilting, etc… were pretty much all together. There also weren’t any signs hanging from the ceiling to indicate areas. There were signs on the wall, but I didn’t really see them.
Fabric was bundled with elastics; hard to open up and see what was there. They were colour-coded with stapled-on tags, and we didn’t get little tally sheets – the cashier area counted up what we had. I didn’t see the colour-code chart until near the end, so I didn’t really know what I was picking up (yardage wise).
There were WAY more mis-labelled bundles in terms of size/length of fabric than in Calgary’s sale. 1.6 meter bundles sold as 2 meters for instance… where as they should have been sold as 1 meter in Calgary. There were also way more bundles that I got home and found major chunks missing… meaning the fabric is better for crafting and accessories than garments.
One last difference was simply the size of the room and the amount of fabric. While the Calgary sale is held with one large room, plus several smaller rooms where different items are for sale, the Red Deer sale was basically just all in one room – which was smaller than the one large room in Calgary. The Calgary sale has lots of bins under the tables as well – the Red Deer sale had far less inventory in general – but obviously I still picked up a LOT! 🙂