Thursday, June 18, 2015

The Curious Case of the $23 Zipper

Last Friday night, I popped into Joann Fabrics to pick up a zipper for a special project. There was only one navy blue 18" separating zipper in the entire store, but a few more items caught my eye and jumped into my cart.

First, I found the pale blue animal print (two pieces! an additional 50% off!) in the remnant bin. Then I hit the mother-lode in the clearance aisle. I paid less than $4 a yard for the two ugly green fabrics and the handsome cowboys. I bought a yard of each of the ugly green fabrics with a purpose. I'm making a camouflage print tote bag for one of the girls at my veterinarian's office and these two fabrics coordinate with it perfectly. I'm going to use the dark green for the trim and handles and the lighter green for the lining.
Honestly Honey, these fabrics followed me home!
Sadly, I almost feel a compulsive responsibility to buy rescue fabric when I find it for less than $5 a yard, since fabric prices have gone through the roof. Do you ever feel that way?

And who could resist those hunky cowboys for $3.50 a yard? They are Alexander Henry pin-up boys and you can still buy them for full price at many websites for $10 a yard and more. I think there was around 3.5 yards left on the bolt, but it all came home with me. Do you want to see a little more of those handsome cowboys?
Be still, my heart...
At least I got the zipper!

Has this ever happened to you?

Linking up on Friday to Confessions of a Fabric Addict. Linking up on Saturday to Julie at Pink Doxies' Pet Project Show. Thanks for visiting.

Pugs and kisses,


  1. Yes that always happens to me! I get all kinds of things that I am not supposed to--and it seems like when I don't I always regret it too. It is a no win situation.

  2. I can't say I was ever shopping in our JoAnn's and cowboys jumped in the cart, sad sad sad.

  3. Um yep which is why I am much better purchasing online. I have the cowboys fabric, I made a machine cover for it a couple of years ago.

  4. Yes, almost every time I set foot in JoAnns! But I am not just rescuing fabric, I am building my 'resource center'!!

  5. Ha....I guess it is a common problem! lol

  6. Ha! I feel like half the store comes home with me, everytime! The clearance aisle is dangerous!!

  7. More times than I want to mention! I think I'll use "rescue" to justify my next clearance purchase....

  8. It happens to me all the time - at the grocery store and online fabric shops. Who can resist a good sale; and I'm building my stash for retirement!
    Do you have any plans for the cowboys?

  9. Ha ha, oh yes, all the time... Alexander Henry has the very best novelty fabrics. "Be still my beating heart" lol...Those cowboys could leave their boots under my bed anytime, lol!