Why is fabric so expensive in Canada?
Last year I was buying a batik fabric for $3.49 a yard on Maui. Here in Canada I was shocked in a fabric store to find out the same batik -- same pattern on the fabric -- is $18.99 a yard! And the cotton for quilting is $15.99 a yard and up. I went to another shop -- same price. I went to Walmart and they have changed their packaging. You can't buy fabric off the bolt now. I think it was $11.99 for cotton fabric there. I didn't see any batik. How could there be such a price difference from Maui to Canada? Arizona's prices were low, too, but Maui is usually higher priced due to shipping.
Fabric has gone up everywhere - I was at Walmart in Orange, TX the other day and the price of fabric has gone up at least $2.00 a yard on everything. And we grow cotton down here! Thread has gone up, too. It's becoming a question of whether it is cheaper to make your own clothes anymore, or just buy them.
Yup. Just when I'm finally getting around to learning how to sew dresses.
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Pamela, try not to give up! Homemade clothes are made better and they last longer. I still have clothes that I made 5 or 6 years ago that still look good. Even if you use "cheap" fabric, homemade is better!
Everything is more expensive in Canada. Approximately 3x's as much as in the United States.
It's amazing. A spiral notebook with colors on the front which is $2.97 on MauiI -- I saw the same one in Walmart in Saskatchewan for $10.97. I can only guess the price is higher because the wages are so high in Saskatchewan (and Alberta).
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