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From: JoanieB
Date: 03-22-2006, 09:43 PM (1 of 18)
I guess this is kinda sorta on topic but my question is : I see references to and about shopping at Joanns all of the time on this forum but not anything about Hancocks, is there some reason no one shops at Hancocks and only at Joanns? I shop at Hancocks as it is alot closer to me. In fact I am not even sure the Joanns in the city where I shop is still open. I hope I am not commiting a no no here by always talking about what I have bought at Hancocks. Just wanted to know.

JoanieB :wink:
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From: carman
Date: 03-22-2006, 10:05 PM (2 of 18)
hey no need to worry about where you shop, we have fabric-land and walmart and used to have fanny's(they all closed down) plus the quilt shops around town. as long as its fun, shop on :up:
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From: Chrysantha
Date: 03-22-2006, 10:23 PM (3 of 18)
The neasesrt Hancocks to me is about 50 miles away. (Pensacola, FL). Joann's is about 25 miles (Fort Walton Beach) local fabric shop is 10 minutes from my house. (Margies). I live at Margies, visit Joann's (especially if I have coupons and theres something I REALLY have to have there).
It's hard to get to Hancocks after all the hurricanes. Hurricane's have distroyed the bridge to Pensacola and it takes forever to get there. So I don't get to Hancocks...last time I was there was 03. (the store is dirty, has very little I want and the people who work there, not all of them sew.)

(still on drugs that make me talk a lot...and thats my excuse) :whacky:
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From: Bama
Date: 03-23-2006, 07:21 AM (4 of 18)
I shop at Hancock's. There's one about 30 miles from me. Since there's no other reason for me to go that direction, I don't get to go as often as I would like to. :wink: Joanne's fabrics is too far away from where I live.
I'm heading to Hobby Lobby today. :up: :up: I LOVE that store. No kids going with me THIS time. I might stay 3 or 4 hours. :wink:
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From: GreenDragonLady
Date: 03-23-2006, 07:48 AM (5 of 18)
I don't have a Hancock's anywhere near me, just Joann's.
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From: esrun3
Date: 03-23-2006, 09:23 AM (6 of 18)
I shop at Hancock's, just depends on what I'm looking for. Their selection is different than what I find at the local Joann's. wish I had a fabricland near me still-they all closed down here about 15 yrs ago
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From: Almajanesattic
Date: 03-23-2006, 10:02 AM (7 of 18)
I would LOVE to have a Hobby Lobby near me......I would never complain again about anything!!!! However, the closest Hobby Lobby and Hancock Fabrics are 100 mile round trip each! So I have to stick to JoAnn Fabrics which is a 30 minute round trip. Ah well, at least that is something as other wise it would have to be Walmart......and not a Super Walmart at that!
Not easy living in the boonies especially with these gas prices!

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Member since: 01-20-2006
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From: HeyJudee
Date: 03-23-2006, 10:46 AM (8 of 18)
After reading all your posts...I feel extremely fortunate! I have access to lots of fabric places here in the Ottawa-Gatineau area....2 Fabriclands, 1 Fabricville, 4 Walmarts, 3 Bouclairs, a C&M Textiles, a Sew-for-It and many quilt shops in and around Ottawa. These are between 5 minutes or max. half hour's drive from my home. Also, periodically I have to drive through Montreal to go visit my family...and have 3 more quilt shops in the west end that are right on my route. I usually plan a visit to at least a couple either on the way down or back. Thank goodness for stores being open on Sunday's! :up:
This helps my stash but not my pocketbook! :shock:
TTFN from
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From: sweetpea1
Date: 03-23-2006, 11:02 AM (9 of 18)
I'd shop more at Hancock if it were closer. However, the two stores nearest me (which really weren't that close) closed. Actually my sister worked at one of the stores and lost her job. I agree with another post. Hancock carries a variety of fabric choices that the other stores did not.

JoAnn's is 2 miles from my house, and I know many of the wonderful ladies that work there. But, its not the end all and be all of my fabric shopping. There are a couple very nice quilt shops not too far and I love the fabric selections they have too. That's where I go when I want something that looks vintage or country. I refuse to shop at WalMart for anything. I think their pricing strategy (while somewhat economical) is putting many other very nice fabric stores out of business -- stores that carry items you can't get anywhere else, but will miss when they are gone.

Sorry, off my soapbox now.
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From: AdvaP
Date: 03-23-2006, 11:18 AM (10 of 18)
same here. hancocks is 40 miles from me, while joann's is a 10 minutes drive.
i wish it was reversed. i like hancocks much better.
Adva Price
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From: Hogmami
Date: 03-23-2006, 11:33 AM (11 of 18)
I have a Joann's about 30 minutes away, but its on my way to work. I have shopped at Hancock's and Hobby Lobby when we go on trips. There also is lots of quilt shops in this area. I have a couple favorite ones.
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From: StitchNTime
Date: 03-23-2006, 12:39 PM (12 of 18)
I shop at Hancock Fabrics, because other than Walmart and the big craft chains they are the only game in Hattiesburg.

JoAnn's closed up shop here years ago.

O Lord, thou art my God; I will exalt thee, I will praise thy name; for thou hast done wonderful things; thy counsels of old are faithfulness and truth.
Isaiah 25:1
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Member since: 03-14-2006
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From: MariLynntex
Date: 03-23-2006, 02:25 PM (13 of 18)
I'm lucky down here: Houston is surrounded by small towns; you hardly realize when you go from one to another! There are several Wal-Marts, Targets, Hancocks, Jo-Anns, Hobby Lobbys, all within easy driving distance--1 to 4 miles--well-stocked, in malls with lots of free parking! Plus coffee shops and small tea rooms or cafes. My DD and DIL will take me just about any time I ask. MariLynntex :coffee2:
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Member since: 01-05-2006
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From: LeapFrog Libby
Date: 03-23-2006, 06:49 PM (14 of 18)
My choices are Wal-mart, Hancocks, and Hobby Lobby... No Joannes in my town.. several small quilt specialty shops, (too expensive) and 2 or 3 drapery and upholstery shops... Of course, I am only 25 miles from Mary Jos Cloth Store in Gastonia, NC.. She has everything at best prices.. I go over there about once a quarter.
Sew With Love
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From: Sancin
Date: 03-23-2006, 09:00 PM (15 of 18)
I agree - shop anywhere you want and enjoy. Some stores I like, friends don't and vise versa. Sometime you find something in one store and then the next time nothing.

Is there anyone here from Federal Way in Washington? I visit family there about once a year. There used to be a wonderful quilt shop right off 320 (? - I get lost without a map). Last year my cousin could not recall (or find it) so we went to a Joann's. I was not really impressed with Joanns regarding fabrics so would love to know of other's in the area for my next visit - probably in the fall.

Also would like to hear of fabric shops in Toronto as I will be there this summer. I admit to liking rather expensive fabrics but will be looking for knits as I don't seem to be able to find them here. I will also be looking for a store with a selection of flannels as I am trying to find some fabric to match what I have.

*~*~*~* Nancy*~*~*~* " I try to take one day at a time - but sometimes several days attack me at once."
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From: Chrysantha
Date: 03-23-2006, 09:46 PM (16 of 18)
I would LOVE to be near a Hobby Lobby..but it's in Pensacola....and not anywhere NEAR Hancocks.( Pensacola is the weirdest layed out town I've ever seen.)
User: Chrysantha
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From: SummersEchos
Date: 03-23-2006, 09:52 PM (17 of 18)
I have within a 20 mile radius 5 JoAnn's, 3 Hancocks and quilt stores. Have a Hobby Lobby about an hour drive from me, that also in the same town has a JoAnn's and 2 other wonderful fabric stores, so when you go there you spend the day. I can go to JoAnn's then go across the street to Hancocks. I shop more at JoAnn's than Hancocks, Hancocks around here always seem a mess. Material all over the place not put away where it belongs. I do go into Hancocks and look around, but I know JoAnn's stores better and know where everything is.

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From: JoanieB
Date: 03-24-2006, 07:55 PM (18 of 18)
Thanks for all of the responses. Some of you ladies sound like you are very fortunate, having so many choices when it comes to fabric shopping. I've never thought to go in a Hobby Lobby to look for fabric. I'll have to go in the next time I go to Birmingham. Don't get me wrong though, my nearest Hancocks is about 45 minutes away so its not just around the corner. We generally go in that direction about once a month and I try to hit Hancocks while I'm there to pick up anything I might need.

Joanie :bluesmile
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