Well, the rot is everywhere. I live outside Munich, one of the best
we even have a couple of quilt stores. They're selling cheaper steel
>Sure, I can buy safety pins over the Internet. You can probably buy a
>blonde-haired, blue-eyed, Cambodian donkey over the Internet. But I am
>surprised and rather saddened that I can't buy a simple safety pin in my own
>home town anymore. And there are plenty of times when it's less convenient
>to order over the Internet and wait a couple of days for delivery than it is
>to drop what I'm doing and drive to the nearest store. And it's so nice to
>browse a good needlework store. In fact, the Internet is probably part of
>the competition that makes it hard for small needlework shops to survive,
>along with big box stores like Wal-Mart and Hobby Lobby.
>> Try here:
>> Roberta in D
>> On Sun, 16 Aug 2009 11:12:41 -0500, "Edna Pearl"
>>>If you do find a home business in Foley, by all means let me in on the
>>>secret. I heard that the lady who had the Fairhope shop is trying to keep
>>>her group and some of her business going out of her home in Daphne. It
>>>seems that's the only way a needle arts business can beat the overhead
>>>Speaking of which, when I was thinking about basting with pins the other
>>>day, I was wondering where I could buy more safety pins now that our local
>>>Al's 5&10 store had closed. Al's was within bicycling distance, and was a
>>>reliable source of spool thread and Coats embroidery floss (though not
>>>basic notions, a few creative supplies like felt and crewel patterns and
>>>foam core -- as well as fish for the aquarium.
>>>In addition, I'm used to there being a quilt shop and/or a fancy
>>>shop here in town, within two miles (I live on the outskirts of town in
>>>used to be "the country" but is now surrounded by subdivisions and a few
>>>fallow fields.) I didn't realize until Al's closed that *all* these local
>>>needlework shops are also closed, and that the closest place I can buy a
>>>darn fool safety pin is Wal-Mart, which is two miles away, and I don't do
>>>business with Wal-Mart, so I have to drive eight miles to Hobby Lobby to
>>>a safety pin. (Wal-Mart is the only place we can get aquarium fish
>>>driving 30-60 miles into the city of Mobile.)
>>>That's just wrong . . . .
>>>> Hey Edna Pearl
>>>> Well I'll be darned and I was thinking of going to Lacy's later this
>>>> Is there one further down 59 and off on a county road. I remember in
>>>> 2006 I found one way out in the boonies. It was in the bottom part of
>>>> a house setting out all by itself. Had great fabric and the lady
>>>> running it was extremely helpful.
>>>> I never found one in Fairhope, wish I had. Sounds like you are out
>>>> of LQS just like I am.
>>>> I might be coming over to Alabama in the next couple weeks. I'll know
>>>> more next week.
>>>> Kate T. South Mississippi