Fabric shopping in New Hampshire is well…tough and sparse. I can count all of the fabric stores we have in New Hampshire on one hand and a few extra fingers. Sad isn’t it? Well after doing a bit of research and asking other fabric shops for information, I found a few new stores that I had not heard of before. I even found a store that was only 1 hour and 15 minutes away from my house and word was, they were cheap! I’m still wondering how many more hidden gems are out there, so if any of you know of a great fabric shop in New Hampshire or close by, please let me know. I would love to get a list of fabric shops in New Hampshire started and try to keep it updated. So two weeks ago I headed out to one of those hidden gems…Franks Bargain Center. To say that I loved Frank’s is understatement. I am completely and utterly in love with this place! I found everything I was looking for and then some. Cheap, cheap and more cheap fabric everywhere I looked. I was a bit overwhelmed when I first walked in, but I just took my time and walked around the whole store. Then I walked around the store again and this time placed yards and yards of fabric into my cart.Frank’s carries a little bit of everything. From upholstery fabric to apparel fabrics and everything in between. They even have a huge selection of zippers, buttons and threads. Oh yes, lots of thread. Did you know that Fruit of the Loom made thread? Why does that make me chuckle so?They also have shelves full of trims, laces, notions and curtain acessories. I even found a lot of sewing items and acessories that I never knew existed.Oh and have I mentioned that their prices were super cheap? I bought most of my knits for $2.50 a yard. Cotton quilting fabrics were about $4.00 a yard and Upholstery Fabric started at about $5.00 a yard. There is a mix of old and new fabrics, as well as some fabrics that I have no clue what they were other then something that I totally needed.Don’tcha love these tables? Oh how I would love to have a sewing room big enough to house one of them…preferable two.Frank’s also has the largest selection of Simplicity patterns that I have ever seen. They are all over the store. This is just a smidgen of the insane amount of Simplicity patterns they have. It can be a bit overwhelming so plan on spending at least an hour or two.I left Frank’s Bargain Center with an insane amount of fabric…like a huge garbage bag full actually. He even had to carry it to the car for me. Ok so I totally could have carried it but he was just that nice. Most of the fabric will be used for Project Run and Play so I can’t show you yet. But trust me, it is a great store and a must see! Frank’s Bargain Center is located on Charleston Road in Claremont, New Hampshire. I believe that their business hours are 10-5 and open most holidays. But call ahead just to be certain, 603-542-2218. And just so you know they do not have an answering machine or a website, so just keep calling until you get a hold of someone…trust me, it is worth it!
September 7, 2012