Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Fun in the City of Roses

Mr. Squash and I are in the City of Roses, Portland, Oregon.  We drove over yesterday morning and plan to spend a few days.  On the way into town we stopped at Fabric Depot.  I've ordered from them over the internet, but have told by friends who have actually been there that it's a must see!
 I planned to take a lot of pictures inside, but once we walked in the door I knew that would be a difficult task - there is SO much to see!  This is the view as you walk in the door.  You just can't imagine how big this place is until you've been inside.  And yesterday everything in the store was 25% off!  Be still my heart.  We headed straight to the notions side of the store where I began filling up our cart.  One of the very helpful floor gals asked if we needed any help so Mr. Squash asked her where was the batting section as he knew I wanted to stock up on wool batting.  She pointed to the other side of the store (about a football field away) and said it was way off yonder!
 Along the way I saw this section of buttons - just look at the selection!!  To the right were dozens of button rounders!  Since I wasn't sure what I would be making next I had to hold myself back as there were other things I really wanted and our cart was rapidly filling up!
Bolts of fabric were everywhere - designer fabrics, home dec, upholstery, clothing, quilting, and much more  - my, oh, my!  Here was a brightly colored designer - and it was all 25% off!  I spied a section of Jo Morton which contained some hard to find cheddars -- into the cart they went!  Mr. Squash, bless his heart, stood in line for the cutting table while I tried to see more!  I could have spent hours in there but goodness knows we had many other things to do.  I will definitely go back next time we're in town!

I had to show you this wonderful bronze doggie and watering dish outside out hotel!  isn't he cute?  Today we're headed to the Sellwood Antique district and if time permits, a trip to Hollyhill Quilt Shoppe.  Hopefully I can get a lot more pictures for you!

20 comments:

Nanna said...

wow you you were in fabric heaven LOL!
Helen

Michelle said...

Glad you're in town...good weather too..if you get a chance, you really also need to go to Pioneer Quilts in Clackamas.. They are a really nice shop AND the ladies are WONDERFUL....it is just off of I-205 and Sunnyside Road..it is next to Office Max I think..which butts up to I-205...basically take the Sunnyside/Clackamas exit..turn East (not sure which way you'd be coming..but if you came from West Linn where Holly Hill is, then turn right) Go to the FIRST stop light and turn left...go to the next light and turn left...go thru the parking lot and you will see it down the hill/road...IT REALLY IS A MUST SEE AS WELL...where are you staying?

Michelle
503-860-8399 if you need directions.

shelleyjwilliams said...

You made me homesick! We used to live near Portland, and my daughter still does. I really miss Fabric Depot, and their huge selection of Fabrics. Thanks so much for sharing.
You really cannot express what a fabulous store it is, and the staff is really helpful!

Stephanie said...

It's a vacation destination!!! Mr. Squash is a real trooper. Is it still in a warehouse type area? I went once while living in OR. I might need two carts -- one for fabric and one for buttons.

Marj said...

Looks like you are having a wonderful adventure. Thanks for sharing.

Barb said...

Oh wow, I would have been in sensory overload, what a fabulous place.

Florida Farm Girl said...

All I can say is, LUCKY GIRL!!! I'll just drool vicariously.

AnnieO said...

This is an amazing store--I've never heard of one so big! Glad you had tons of fun for the short time you were there. Can't wait to see those cheddars and notions.

Sue said...

I am SO jealous! You lucky girl. I also order from the Fabric Depot of line and would just love to go their in person someday . I also love the Hollyhill Shoppe. Would love to see pictures their too ! HAVE FUN !!

Me and My Stitches said...

Wow! I think you could spend DAYS in there. Hope to see your all of the things that hopped in your cart!

Curtains in My Tree said...

OH I have been to Fabric depot , when I was visiting my daughter out there she took me there back when I was into buying fabric to look pretty in my studio, meaning I thought I would sew it all up, Not. anyway that is a must if you sew or quilt. I still have yards of tiole sheer materail I bought there
I love sellwood also. I haven't been out to Portland a couple years now since my daughter was away at law school
Madison street antique is one of my favorite, he has all victorian things I love

Carrie P. said...

Wow! what a huge store. There is one about 1 1/2 hours that is similar in my area. I don't get there but once every couple years.
Awesome choice of buttons.
I think you should keep Mr. S. Sweet of him to stand at the table for you. Glad he is feeling better.

rickbarbara said...

you have to go to holly hill quilt shop. It is fantastic..you wont be dissapointed,even Mr. squash will enjoy it.

Jackie said...

It sounds like a great place to spend the entire day! Looking forward to seeing pictures of what you bought.

Ulla said...

What a wonderful place!

Libby said...

Seeing the bolts of fabric displayed like that reminds me of shopping with Mom and Grandma - before we went to quilt shops where the bolts are neatly tucked into cabinets. It's fun to 'see' the fabric and the drape *s*

Jeanna said...

What an amazing place. We do not have anything like that in my parts.

Enjoy your trip...can't wait for the next update.

Stephanie D. said...

I've ordered from them a lot, too, but had no idea how big a store it really was. Wow!

Anne said...

It's a fun place to shop, huh? Kind of like Costco for quilters!!!

Cassandra said...

Isn't Fabric Depot fun?? My husband and I visited Portland in October and this store was on my list of must-do items for the week of our visit. I had so much fun! I wish I could have purchased more, as they were having a sale that week also, but I did bring home 6 yards of fabric. So much fun!