I heard something really disturbing yesterday... I was in a quilt shop, and the clerk was a little jumpy over my smart phone.
"I'm not photographing. I'm checking my pattern for yardage."
That wasn't her concern. Apparently they've had a proliferation of "shoppers" who come in the shop, make their choices, and then buy their fabric from... AMAZON!
Did you know that Amazon now carries quilt shop fabric? I checked! I found Moda by the yard.
My heart hurts. I admit - I've shopped online quilt shops, if I can't find my fabric in a local shop first. But Amazon... it takes me back to MY Border's days when shoppers walked around with their smart phones scanning bar codes on books...
Yes, their prices may be a little cheaper because they only have to maintain a warehouse and not a physical outlet... But I can't stand to see any more doors close.
This is not a rant against the retail giant - just sadness for the possible future of our fabric emporiums.