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Sunday, May 15, 2016

Final E-mail and Garage Sale......

Here's a copy of our final e-mail update we're sending tonight......

GARAGE SALE ~ SATURDAY, MAY 21st ~ 9:00-4:00

(Cash & local checks only - no credit cards.)
We only have one last event to tell you about and that's the *Garage Sale* we will be holding this Saturday, May 21st from 9:00-4:00.  Originally, we had planned to have a 2 day sale to get rid of *leftovers* and fixtures, etc.  But, since we sold so much during the Retirement Sale (and the Retired Guy and I are tired) we decided to have the sale one day only. (Sorry, cash & local checks only; we are no longer able to take credit cards.)
What's for sale?  Well, there are pictures of some of the *bigger* items on the website.  Plus, there are some Kwik Sew patterns, notions, buttons and a little fabric along with other good *stuff* we've been finding along the way.  There are also some store samples and quilts for sale.  I'm going to be selling my gently used Pfaff Passport 2.0 sewing machine that I no longer need as well.  And if you find yourself in our neighborhood that day, please stop in and say hello/goodbye ~ okay?!?
Our final day to be *open for business* at Fabric-Etc was Saturday, May 14th.  It was wonderful to see so many of you that last week.  Here's a picture of the staff that Linda's daughter, Sharie, took that afternoon!

It seems odd to write this, knowing it's my very last e-mail update.  What can I say that will adequately express my feelings?  The last 19 years have been very, very special.  I will forever treasure your willingness to let me be a small part in your *life adventures* and sewing projects.  I cannot begin to thank you for your continued support.  I'm not sure you realize your support has seen me through some rough patches in my own *life adventures* over the years.  And the staff?  What can I say about the Fabettes that you don't already know?  They are the dearest of friends that made me look good every day!
And for all of that, I am, as always....
Sew thankful ~

1633 Birchwood Ave.
Bellingham, WA 98225

[By the way, as this is our FINAL email, we wanted to let you know that our record of your contact info will be deleted from all servers, etc. on May 17, 2016.]

Monday, May 9, 2016

Updated Countdown Calendar.....

Here's our *updated* Countdown Calendar.  Tomorrow starts our 5 day countdown!  ALL fabric (except Clearance) will be $5/yard.  Plus, we'll be taking 50% off of the marked price of EVERYTHING in Clearance, including the fabric!  (The price of store samples and fixtures will not be reduced.)

We still have a good selection of fabric remaining and if you go to www.fabric-etc.com you can see a video we took tonight (Monday, May 8th) of our remaining fabric.

Remember, Saturday, May 14th will be our final business day.  We'll be selling fabric for $1/yard and serving up lemonade and cookies to celebrate my retirement, so we hope to see many of you!

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Retirement Sale ~ Countdown Begins.....

Retirement Sale Countdown

Beginning Friday,
May 6th.....

  50% OFF 

@ Fabric-Etc in Bellingham

YES, starting Friday, May 6th almost EVERYTHING in the shop will be 50% off (excluding Clearance, fixtures, samples, etc.)....plus, ALL Kwik Sew patterns will now be $2, along with other markdowns as well!
Sew, be sure to take your time and look around when you come in!  Once again....do we still have fabric?  YES, WE DO.....we counted yesterday, and there are still over a THOUSAND bolts of fabric! 
Here's a Countdown Calendar so you know exactly what the scoop is from here on out....


As you can see, our last day of business will be Saturday, May 14th.  My *mantra* the last few weeks has been *It all has to go*.  And as you can see, part of the countdown for the last 5 days are some fabulous deals on fabric, so I'm hoping you can help me pull this off!  That's right...on Saturday, May 14th, our LAST day, ALL fabric will be just $1/yard.  We'll be throwing in some other deals along the way, so please stay tuned to Instagram, Facebook and the Blog, as I don't want to bug you by sending out a lot more email updates.  We're also planning a *Garage Sale* on May 20 and 21 to get rid of any remaining fixtures, etc.  I would really appreciate it if you would share this info with all of your sewing friends!

Whew.....it's an understatement to say that this has been a very busy time!  Preparing since mid-March and then having the Retirement Sale since the beginning of April has been pretty intense, to say the least.  My staff has gone above and beyond the call of duty to help me in this endeavor and I will be forever grateful for their help.  It's also been wonderful and humbling to have so many of you come through the shop this last month....and I want to thank you so very much for all of your kind words and well-wishes.  I've really appreciated your support during my nearly 19 years in business. I hope many of you can pop in for our last day of business on Saturday the 14th.  We're planning on having some cookies and lemonade to celebrate my retirement......but remember, I said not to make me cry ~ that puffy-red-eye-thing doesn't look good on me =)    We've always said that we have THE BEST customers in the world!  And for that, I am, as always....

Sew thankful ~


1633 Birchwood Ave.
Bellingham, WA 98225

Sunday, April 24, 2016

40% off @ Retirement Sale......

 The Retirement Sale has been going really well,
but we are ready to take it to the next level.
Sew....beginning Monday, April 25th.....

Until further notice, almost EVERYTHING in the shop will be 40% off (excludes Clearance, other markdowns, fixtures, samples, etc.)   ALL Kwik Sew patterns will now be $4ALL buttons 50% off, plus there will be some other markdowns as well.  So, be sure to take your time and look around when you come in! 

We've had a number of people who thought we were going to close at the end of April.  Not so....the lease is not up until the end of May, and right now, it looks like we will be open at least until the middle of May. 

Do we still have fabric?  Yes....we still have a lot of fabric left, including batiks, knits, wool, Kaffe Fassett, Kansas Troubles, solids, flannels, tone-on-tones, black and whites, and novelty prints (even Seahawks, Mariners and Sounders).  Below are pictures taken at the shop on Friday afternoon ...

We also have a good supply of most types of batting and some notions.  Plus, we keep *unearthing* other items for our Clearance Dept.  There are plenty of store samples, shelving and fixtures available too.  (Some fixtures and shelving may not be ready for pick-up until after the middle of May, though.)

To say that the last three weeks have been a whirlwind, would definitely be an understatement....I've even been averaging 18,000 steps a day on my Fitbit lately!!  Your kind words and support during this time have been such an encouragement to me, the Retired Guy, and the staff.  All of us are really going to miss you, not to mention all of the fun, creative projects you've allowed us to assist you with over the years

  And speaking of the staff, they have been my rock for the last month!  I could never have pulled this off without the help of the Fabettes....our RN Emily, who worked for us when she was in high school and summers during college, even pitched in and helped out, giving up her Saturdays and days off.  I am truly blessed with wonderful customers, friends and staffAnd for that, I am, as always....

Sew thankful ~


1633 Birchwood Ave.

Bellingham, WA 98225


Friday, April 8, 2016


Okay.....we've got quite a few thousand fat quarters waiting for you!  We open the doors at 10:00.....imagine they will get *picked over* pretty quickly.  We tried to arrange everything so it wouldn't be too crowded, but it probably will be.  Don't forget to bring something to *gather* them.  Hope to see lots of you!

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Happy Birthday to Me......


Okay.....I usually try to *fly under the radar* when it's my birthday.  Not sure why, I don't really mind at all that I am getting a year older, just don't like the attention, I guess  =)

However, this year I am going to break that tradition.  Saturday, April 9th is going to be my 68th birthday.  Sew, to celebrate, we will be selling ALL fat quarters for 68 cents THAT DAY ONLY from 10:00-6:00.

That's right, you did just read it correctly!  Every single pre-cut fat quarter will be 68 cents....but, we will not cut them to order that day.  And we will have absolutely no pre-sales.

So....come on in and wish me a happy birthday by buying some fat quarters ~ okay?  Also, you might want to bring something to gather them in.....I'm afraid we have *recycled* all of those boxes, etc we use during our annual Fat Tuesday Sale! 

Now, please read this carefully....do not come on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday for 68 cent fat quarters....the sale is ONLY SATURDAY, APRIL 9th 10:00 to 6:00!

As for right now, the current sale continues featuring 30% off EVERYTHING, plus 50% off all Kwik Sew patterns and LOTS of other great markdowns.  We're also starting to price many of our fixtures, etc that are for sale.  You can see some of them at our website www.fabric-etc.com  

Reminder: we're open regular hours for the Retirement Sale of Monday-Saturday from 10:00 to 6:00. 

I just want to take a minute to thank all of you for your overhwhelming support of my Retirement Sale, as well as all of the kind words, cards, e-mails, Facebook and Instagram posts.  I have saved them all in special folders to read and re-read as needed!  I am truly blessed to call you my customers/friends.  I will miss all of you and your kindness throughout the years.  

And for that..... am as always, sew thankful ~

1633 Birchwood Ave.
Bellingham, WA 98225

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

No Foolin' I'm Retiring......


As most of you know, my goal here @ Fab-Etc has always been to provide quality quilting and apparel fabric in a fun and friendly atmosphere.  But now, I have a new goal - my retirement!  Yup, I plan to permanently close the store when the lease is up at the end of May, and join the *retired guy* in having much more time to focus on our grandkids, travel, etc. 
Sew, I'm having a ...

Yes, the shop will be temporarily closed from Saturday, March 26th through Thursday, March 31st so we can get ready to re-open on Friday, April 1st and kick-off my "No Foolin' I'm Retiring Sale."  We'll begin by offering 30% off everything, limited to stock on hand and excluding clearance items, fixtures, display items, quilts and store samples (which will all be specially marked-down to sell quickly). 
Sorry, but there can be absolutely no pre-sales!

Since we'll eventually liquidate the entire inventory, you can expect further reductions as time goes on, BUT, you may want to hurry in for the BEST SELECTIONS!  Watch your Inbox, our Facebook page and Instagram feed for sale updates and *flash sale* items.  (As you would expect, at this time we will no longer be issuing gift certificates or placing special orders.)  PLEASE .... if you have a Fabric-Etc gift certificate or if you bought a Fabric-Etc gift certificate for anyone make sure you/they come and use it. 

We expect the first week or two to be pretty crazy, so along with your shopping bag (remember ~ *bagless in Bellingham*), pack your patience too.  =)   And, for my neighbors' sakes, please consider parking across the street in the Albertsons lot if ours is crowded. 
And try not to make me cry ~ okay?!?  My face gets all red and puffy and it's not a good look on me!  Although, I expect I'll need the kleenex box close by the next two months.  THANKS!

Most of the fixtures, counters, registers, display items, etc. - along with a number of quilts and store samples - will also be available for purchase.  As stated above, they will be priced as marked, without further discounts (Photos of available items will eventually be available for viewing on our website.)

CAROL'S COMMENTSAs you can probably  imagine, I have mixed feelings about ending this chapter of my life and starting a new one.  Thanks to your continued support, 2015 was our best year ever, so it feels good to *go out at the top of our game*.  I will miss seeing all of you and your creativity .... it has inspired me daily.  Truthfully though, I will not miss the 60-70 hour work weeks I regularly put in.  At almost 68, it's time to slow down ..... and my body and mind tell me that on a regular basis.  =)  

I look forward to watching my grandkids' soccer games, school concerts and plays.  And after five years of having a *retired guy* around, I'm going to enjoy being his *retired gal* ..... we're looking forward to putting the top down on the *horse car* and hitting the open road from time to time! 

I will miss my staff/friends terribly and all of the crazy, creative adventures we've had the last nearly 19 years ..... those last minute "how are we ever going to get this to come together" times, as well as all of the laughter we've shared together in the fun times; and the tears we've shed during the hard times in our lives.  Sew, I'll show my age by saying the words Bob Hope often sang ..... Thanks for the memories .....

And for that ..... will always be, sew thankful ~