Lethbridge Grandmother’s Fabric Sale

October 29, 2016 I went with a friend to Lethbridge (on our way to an event 20 minutes north of the city) to the Grandmother’s Fabric Sale there. This was the first year the group there has hosted the sale, and there were a few growing pains (their Facebook page said the sale would open at 9, but  they weren’t ready until 10am), and it was considerably smaller than the sales I’ve been to in Calgary and Red Deer, but it was still a great way of getting a lot of cool fabric for not much money…

Here’s my swag report!

1.5 meters of rough, natural coloured fabric
60″ wide, tabby weave
Burn test suggests this is a linen or linen/cotton blend

1.2 meters loosely woven teal linen look
145cm wide, tabby weave. Woven band says “Irish Linen”
Burn test suggests this is a polyester

2.5 meters green linen look
tabby weave
Burn test suggests this is a cotton (or other cellulose) – polyester blend

3 meters light blue
Twill weave, looks like denim
Burn test suggests this is cotton

1.2 meters brown/tan/red striped fabric
Striped between basket and chevron-twill weave
Burn test suggests this is wool

2 meters light tan silk noil
90cm wide, tabby weave
100% silk

0.7 meters chevron twill, brown and natural
60″ wide
Burn test suggests this is a cotton or linen- polyester blend

1.5 meters grey  suiting
150cm wide, twill weave
Burn test suggests this is a polyester – looks and feels like wool

1.7 meters red ‘wool’ flannel
1.4 meters wide, tabby weave
Burn test suggests this is a wool-polyester blend

1.8 meters green wool plaid
1.4 meters wide, twill weave
Burn test suggests this is 100% wool

3.2 metres loosely woven pale blue wool
150 cm wide, tabby weave
Burn test suggests this is 100% wool

1 meter natural cotton muslin
50 cm wide, tabby weave
Tag indicates 100% cotton, chunks missing from panel.
(Appears to be a curtain panel or something)

2 meters light teal wool
140cm wide, twill weave
Stamp on selvage says wool/poly blend. Burn test confirms.

1.9 meters drab green/grey suiting
60 inches wide, tabby weave
Burn test suggests this is  cotton

1.4 meters navy blue wool coating
150cm wide, presume tabby weave, but fulled
listed as angora & wool.
Burn test suggests this is wool (protein fibers)

1.1 meters burgundy wool coating
150 cm wide, twill weave, lightly fulled
Stamp inside says 55% wool, 45% polyester, burn test confirms

 

The Lethbridge group also had their volunteers writing down each piece of fabric that was purchased, whereas the Calgary group uses a tally sheet, with check marks for each bundle of $2, $3, $4 (etc) fabric, and then a tally person totals up the final at the end. Hopefully in future they move to a faster system, since they weren’t keeping the record of what sold.. only trying to ensure that a receipt-type of item was available for the cashier.

Another challenge – they had pieces priced and arranged by what they THOUGHT the fabric was. This meant that there was a lot of mis-labelling (and thus mis-pricing). Fabric that was listed as “wool” was actually cotton or polyester, etc… I think they’d be better to sell and sort by length of fabric like the Calgary group does, perhaps with sections for quilting cottons, home dec, polar fleece, etc… in the future – especially if their sale grows.

All in all though – both me and my friend were very pleased with the sale. We both some great fabric. I think she spent $20 on enough wool for a coat, plus some other fabrics, and I spent $60 for all of the fabric listed above. That’s over 27 meters of fabric, for just over $2/meter.  (Mostly because they were charging more for things labeled as wool and silk, etc)

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