Fabric Shops in New Hampshire {Franks Bargain Center}

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!

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  1. I found one fabric store that I like to order online from by searching Moda’s site for stores that carry their brand. It gave a list of all stores by cities. The store I order online from is just a couple hours away and I hope to visit soon since I love the store. Just check brand names for store listings, that will give you an idea as to where to start. Or I like to use Google Maps and search for quilt shops, though it is not always accurate.

  2. Glad you were able to track a store like this down. Looks like an amazing store!

  3. oh how i wish i would live in the usa! that shop looks like heaven to me!

  4. This store is about 15 minutes from my house. It is so awesome! 8000 sq feet and he has been open for over 30 years! Somuch more than fabrics and he can special order almost anything! If you call and he doesn’t answer he will call you back (caller id). You can get even better deals there when he has gotten an order in, but hasn’t put it away. If her doesn’t have to process it he cuts the price down farther! I got Beatles Yellow Submarine fabric there for $4 a yard! I get into SO much trouble in the trim aisles! And buttons… oh my! I went in for “a few minutes” and came out 45 minutes later! (And $50 poorer….)

  5. Please tell Frank he NEEDS to go online with this so we who live on the other side of the world can get a bargain too .. lol

    My daughter and I would spend all day in a shop like this .. ha ha

    • Franks do sell fabric on ebay , their seller ID is called franks11, you can’t seem to pick and choose but they do have excellent bundles

  6. michael marsh says:

    Hello,

    I am a fabric jobber in Baltimore,Md. We sell mainly natural
    fiber fabrics for clothing.If you are interested in samples(free)
    we’ll be happy to send them to you.

    Thanks,Mike Marsh /Guss Woolens llc
    1-800-536-4487

  7. I have shopped at Franks for years. He is very pleasant to work with. He also has yarn and notions. Some rubber stamps. Beads, Crochet cotton. Older craft magazines and books. Foam. Button trays at 2 cents a button. It is always interesting. He has things that other stores have stopped carrying. You know the hard to find things. Plan to visit for your quilting fabrics and supplies.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Why does frank’s have to be so far away. Live in Arkansas, wish I could take a trip.

  9. Anonymous says:

    We have been buying via phone for several year’s, love Frank’s fabrics batiks at 4.50 in a 100 yard grouping, we pay up to $25 per metre. We also buy whites and creams for charity quilts and have not been disappointed with any piece yet. Just wish he was on the west coast. L Mitchell BC Canada

  10. Where in N H is Franks?
    Please give address. Thanks

    • He is located on Rte. 11 & 12 (also known as Charlestown Rd) between Claremont and Charlestown, NH. He’s still technically in Claremont (on the right side if heading towards Charlestown). The store is amazing! They’re super friendly and for a beginner like me, it’s nice to have someone help me that won’t judge! Good luck.

  11. Thanks for your excellent blog! I have been going to franks for quite awhile. Its a long ride but so worth it. You almost want to keep it a secret, but, you just have tell everyone when you have found a place like this. I always know that i will find whatever i need and didn’t know i needed. I’ll be going again sometime in the next couple of days! I’m SO EXCITED!

  12. Hello Christina,

    I just moved to Springfield, VT and I found Franks also. I love to sew and bake also. What a treasure Franks is. You took great pictures. Thanks for the blog. Pat

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