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Recommended brick & mortar shops

Acorn

Re: Recommended brick & mortar shops
« Reply #60 on: August 24, 2020, 13:14:10 PM »
Are you going by car?  If so I would have thought the north was the way to go - you may have to travel between places, but you can also combine it with staying somewhere that appeals, whether it's city or countryside.  Other people (like @Efemera) will be able to give a list of places - I just look on in envy when they talk about them, apart from visiting a couple of Abakhans.
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wrenkins

Re: Recommended brick & mortar shops
« Reply #61 on: August 24, 2020, 14:09:29 PM »
I think I remember people talking about Birmingham but I know nothing. Might as well be on the moon.  :laughing:
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Happymrsg

Re: Recommended brick & mortar shops
« Reply #62 on: August 24, 2020, 20:31:35 PM »
Sadly Manchester is no fabric mecca. The fabric shops in Manchester are
Abakhan in the city centre
Leons in Chorlton, 3 miles out of the city centre. It has parking outside.
John Lewis in the Trafford Centre & Cheadle - not enough fabric for a special trip.
In Bolton, north of Manchester there is Abakhan & Nortex mills, both have parking very close.

Fabworks in Dewsbury is worth a visit & there are some other fabric shops in Dewsbury

Sandra

Re: Recommended brick & mortar shops
« Reply #63 on: August 25, 2020, 08:40:20 AM »
I think I remember people talking about Birmingham but I know nothing. Might as well be on the moon.  :laughing:

Birmingham city centre has Fancy Silks, three floors stacked from floor to ceiling. A floor of curtain fabrics, one of bridal/fancy stuff and a floor of more general fabrics including a small selection of quilting fabrics.
There's the outdoor market. I think Tuesday was a good day for fabric stalls. The 'Jersey Lady' could be found on Tuesdays. Mainly jersey fabrics in a big jumble...all cut pieces, some seconds and costing a pound or two for a metre or two.
Indoor rag market has several fabric sellers, and the other indoor market has a few fabric stalls.

A short walk just out of the town and you get to Barrys. A sister-shop to Leons on Manchester. This is a warehouse with a small carpark outside.
Haven't been to Birmingham at all this year. No idea if any/all of these stalls and shops are still trading as normal but there's a pretty good selection.

Never been to either, but Cotton Patch and Guthrie and Ghani are both somewhere in the Birmingham area too.

Sandra.
xxx

wrenkins

Re: Recommended brick & mortar shops
« Reply #64 on: August 25, 2020, 08:46:51 AM »
Thanks @Sandra. I might go myself!  0_0
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Sandra

Re: Recommended brick & mortar shops
« Reply #65 on: August 25, 2020, 09:00:48 AM »
Thanks @Sandra. I might go myself!  0_0

OMG...If you turn up in Brum, I'll definitely be there to meet you.  0_0

Sandra.
xxx

wrenkins

Re: Recommended brick & mortar shops
« Reply #66 on: August 25, 2020, 09:24:14 AM »
Be careful what you wish for. I very nearly went over for the Christmas market a couple of years ago.  :laughing:
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Sandra

Re: Recommended brick & mortar shops
« Reply #67 on: August 25, 2020, 09:33:36 AM »
I've never bothered to go to the Christmas market.
Aren't Christmas markets pretty much the same sort of same-old tat wherever they're held?  -< It's a long way to come for trinkets and a German sausage.

Sandra.
xxx

wrenkins

Re: Recommended brick & mortar shops
« Reply #68 on: August 25, 2020, 09:45:22 AM »
 :laughing: No idea. Never been to one.
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