Monday, March 19, 2012

Fabric Shopping In NYC

This past Saturday I went on a fabric shopping trip to New York City with my mother. We got a really good deal on a round trip bus fare so we wanted to do some fabric shopping. I wanted to buy lace, ribbon, fabric for Lolita dresses, and fabric for everyday wear.
I woke up around 5am, hopped on the bus around 7am, and arrived in NYC around 11am. It was a fine bus ride, mostly boring and I slept a bit. I have no problem sleeping on buses. I forgot that it was St. Patrick's day so I was surprised to see green everywhere. The parade was about to start and everyone was pretty rowdy. The bus dropped us off at Bryant Park which is right in the garment district so we started the moment we arrived. The first shop we visited sold ribbon, lace, and trims. I took a few pictures because this shop was what most of the trim shops look like. A long hall covered in merchandise.

All the fabric shops looked like these pictures below. Fabric everywhere. You could spend half a day in each shop and still not see everything. You have to scour and keep a sharp eye out to find what you want. It k=can be hard to find a specific sprint but if you ask the shop owners and employees they know if they have it and where it is. 

 The prices in NYC are a bit high but the selection is just intense. There is everything and anything. Before the trip I plotted out the stores that I wanted to check out so it was easy to find them and they are all in one central area so you don't have to go very far. I am a bargain shopper so I scoured the bargain bins and clearance sections. I got quite a few good deals and some really nice fabric.

On out way to a trim shop I spotted a Betsey Johnson Pop Up Shop. A pop up shop is a temporary shop that sells items at a discounted price. I was so happy to see this shop. I am a big Betsey fan. She makes the cutest dresses and everything. I ran right into the shop and was smiling like a fool. I was not the only one though. Many women and girls were walking in say how much they love her stuff too. The shop was closing the next day so the selection was sparse but the discounts were incredible. I got a $100 bag for $15 and a $400 coat for $100! Nuts! I know.

 I wanted to buy all the dresses. Her cocktail dresses and evening wear dresses are too cute for words. They were all size 2's and 0's so  they were a no go. But, I was able to scoop up the black jacket below.

One of the highlight of the trip was my time in Daytona Trimming. I was browsing the goods of lace and everything else and I heard a tiny sneeze. My kitty senses tingled and I knew there was a cute cat in the shop. I walked towards where the sneeze came from and a huge orange cat came walking towards me. he was so big and and so handsome. He walked up to me and let me pet him and give him little snuggles. I wanted to take a picture of him but he walked away but right as he did his twin brother walked over to me as well. I got a picture of him. I asked the shop employees the names of the cats and they said they were Rick and Rack. How appropriate.

 Towards the end of the day I was quite tired and I was ready to be on my way and go home. walking to the bus I saw this sign and way surprised to see it. I am not a big fan but it is nice to see Japanese bands in America.

I will be taking pictures of what I bought in the city. I got some really nice stuff and some really cute fabrics that will make some nice dresses.


  1. Ahhhh I wonder if you were there the same weekend I was xD Where were these fabric places? I'm always up for new places to get supplies from! Very nice shots! Definitely makes me want to check out these places too :3 Have you been to Tohji or any of the shops down the side streets? There's a lot of hidden little gems around the Fashion District :3

    ~ Kieli ~

  2. o_o I was there about a couple of days before you were.
    I can't believe I missed out on that betsey johnson pop up shop! Ohh the pain~ XP


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