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finding sewing/fabric while traveling

mep | Posted in General Discussion on

Does anyone know of a good source to find fabric, crafts,specialty notions and sewing related stores when you travel??  I’m traveling to Palm Beach Florida next month, but would like for other areas of the country as well.



  1. jatman | | #1

    I would go to this website:


    and look through their reviews of fabric stores.  If you're not already a member of this site, you can sign up for a free membership and still look through their reviews.  Reviews can be sorted by city, state, country, etc.  This is one of the first places I go for suggestions.  Also, you can post here - I've had some luck posting here.  And you can always do a search of the archives to see if someone else has posted something on this board.  Have fun!


  2. Teaf5 | | #2

    Whenever I'm travelling, I make a point of checking the local yellow pages at the motel or online for local fabric and yarn stores. 

    If I have forgotten to do that, I ask in the local grocery store while buying my travel snacks because the clerks and shoppers there are usually locals who know the area well, even if they don't sew or knit.  Often, they know of the possibilities down the road, too, and they are generous with information about all the other features of their hometown I should check out while I'm there, too.

  3. Ckbklady | | #3

    I second Teaf5's suggestion about the Yellow Pages and have something to add.

    Since the trip isn't until next month, you may have time to do your research early. You could check out http://www.yellowpages.com for Palm Beach now so you can get your list of local shops beforehand.  With that info you can also map out the shops in relation to where you'll be staying, and you can check out store websites to learn more about each location.

    Once you have the shop names, you can also type them into the search engine at http://www.metacrawler.com and see what you find. Shopper reviews, coupons, promotions or events may come up. Also, if the Yellow Pages site didn't list a shop's website and there is one, Metacrawler will find it.

    Happy hunting and shopping and traveling!

    :) Mary


    1. mep | | #4

      I of course used the yellow pages to start with.  But most shops don't have websites and it is hard to know from a name what exactly the shop is-ie: fabric, yarn etc.

      I was hoping there was a book or craft/fabric specific website which could provide info on local places when traveling

      Thanks for the help:)


      1. Ckbklady | | #6

        Right, that's why I suggested Metacrawler. Even for stores without websites, you may find sites that have customer reviews, which will indirectly tell you what the store stocks. It may also help you find the kind of website you seek.

        :) Mary

    2. jatman | | #5

      Hi Mary!  Thank you for posting the metacrawler info.  I've never used that one and I've wondered many times how to find out if a store has a website.

      Thank you!


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