How to buy wholesale overstocks of cotton fabrics

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How to buy wholesale overstocks of cotton fabrics
Cut the cost of your fabric supplies. (Hemera Technologies/ Images)

Quilters know how quickly fabric purchases will eat up your budget. Buying wholesale cottons online is the key to saving your bank balance and your hobby from annihilation. Many wholesale fabric distributors use the Internet to sell fabric overstock and seconds directly to consumers.

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    List the fabric colours and patterns you want before turning on the computer. Don't worry about specifics. In the world of overstocked fabric, finding a specific brand and pattern is difficult. Instead, list your ideal match first, followed by a second and third choice. A blue toile might, for instance, be your first choice, but a blue check or chintz would also work.

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    Limit your online shopping to three to five sites. Fabric suppliers are endless on the Internet. Trying to find the absolute "best bargain" on overstock cottons will take days to accomplish. Start your search at websites like the eBay fabric stockists.

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    Start with the shop's closeouts, sale fabrics, remnant fabric and the like. Every fabric shop has it's own version of a clearance section. Give yourself some time to peruse these sale sections before getting specific with your search. Bargain-basement pricing is usually limited and the turnover rate is high. You may find a fabric in these sections which you would otherwise miss. A great deal may alter your colour scheme.

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    Get specific with your search after browsing the sale racks. Remember the blue toile cotton fabric in Step 1? Most fabric shops have a search engine where you can enter the fabric type and, often, the colour and pattern.

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    Make an offer if the cotton fabric you find isn't the right price. Smaller shops will entertain offers. Offers are especially welcome when you want to buy a larger amount of a particular overstock fabric. Present a fair price for the lot and see what happens.

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