Tuesday, October 26, 2010
How Far is Too Far?
Fabric Mart's brick and mortar store is in Sinking Spring, PA. According to Mapquest, this is 64.88 miles from my door. Sixty-five miles is a little far to drive to a fabric store. I needed additional enticement. I found just the lure I needed when I looked more closely at the map and realized Sinking Spring is right next to Reading, PA, the home of the original outlet mall. Discounted fabric! Outlet shopping! Suddenly 65 miles seemed a lot closer! Fabric Mart is not open on weekends, so I was forced to ditch work for this outing. My rationale (as if I needed one to ditch work) was I'd be getting some Christmas shopping done early at the outlet center. While the plan was in the back of my mind for weeks, the actual execution came about suddenly. The workload of my second job decreased unexpectedly and I was able to adjust my schedule and travel to Reading.
The Fabric Mart brick and mortar store is not big and glamorous like the chain stores, yet it's not dark and cramped like some of the stores on Philadelphia's Fabric Row. Many of the Fabric Mart's online offerings are on the sales floor. The organized shopper can peruse the web site, jot down numbers and take the list of numbers to the store. Additionally, I was invited to look in the back room where the online orders are filled. Most of these fabrics were not displayed on the sales floor.
I found a few basics to take home with me. I bought two pieces of worsted wool gabardine and coordinating shirt fabrics.