No Mo’ Jo’s
Posted 17 July, 09on:
I would like to say I am done with JoAnn Fabrics, but there are not many other options for me. Had it not been for the lovely conversation I had with the young mom at the pattern catalog table, my evening would have been infuriating. Upon entering the store, there were huge, vacant places on the sales floor. It had the vibe of a store in the midst of a going out of business sale. The fabric was sparse. There were lots of empty shelves. Totally empty shelves. The pattern drawers were also glaringly empty. The young mom could not find any of the patterns she wanted either.
On my way out, the cashier asked, “Did you find everything you needed?” Gee, since I did not buy anything, no, I did not find everything, or anything, I needed. I politely explained my impression of the store. She said it is because they are in between seasons. Really? Why would the crafts and notions be so sparse between seasons? Notions have a season? I explained that except for bridal and fleece, there was very little fabric. She said, “Well it is the peak bridal season, you know… spring and summer weddings.” Hmmm, spring has long passed and if I were having a summer wedding, that dress would already be sewn up since summer is on the downward slope. I admire her for trying, but I am not buying it. As a matter of fact, I did not buy anything. I had gift cards I wanted to use, but found nothing.
As much as I do not like that store, I would hate to see it close because it is the closest fabric store. There is a quilt store that is a little closer, but small, never open, and very quilty. There is also an exceedingly high end boutique fabric store, but their specialize in evening wear fabrics. So, JoAnn’s is the closest normal fabric store. The next closest is in a questionable area that I will go to in the daylight, when I am feeling brave and sprightly enough to sprint through the parking lot. Perhaps it was my imagination, but I felt the corporate grim reaper lurking in the shadows of my local JoAnn’s.