Didn't go yesterday, but did go this morning for the Quilters Showcase fabric, only not to buy an inch. Was there a few minutes after 7. they were still dragging the bins outside. Got a buggy and went back to the self and there wasn't a red or blue print to be had. Three ladies were there pulling bolt after bolt. Plenty of every other color (no blue tho). Ended up with some Noel Christmas that will pass for what I need it for. Was able to use my 25% off coupon on that, so it was almost the same price. Got some ribbon and even tho it was Doorbusters and the 25% coupon wouldn't work on that, my 10% regular discount would. Only had one person ahead of me at the cutting table and walked right up to the checkout.
Guess Friday had been another story with 50 people at the door when they opened and took a couple of hours just to cut two people. Glad I didn't really need any flannel... ChrisThis message has been edited. Last edited by: cksvett,
Posts: 5057 | Location: Tampa Bay | Registered: Jan 10, 2003
I thought about it but it took about 2 seconds to decide no. I may need a cookie tin or two or some ribbon later, but I'm not going to sweat it if I don't get a huge discount on those this weekend. I've gotten a decluttering/cleaning bee in my bonnet, and I know that I'd better go with that flow for as long as it can last. I thought I had a tidy house, but my gosh...I've filled up 2 big trash bags of junk so far just by opening a few closet doors & a few dresser drawers. Being in a "pitch it" mood & braving lines @ JoAnn's don't go well together!
Posts: 4420 | Location: About 28,000 Light Years From Galactic Center | Registered: Jul 23, 2004
I hate to shop and never do a black Friday BUT I did this year. I had two coupons for 50% off but only used one Got two yards of Ins-bright. only thing I could find that was not on sale. I did get 4 butterick pattern for 99 cents each. All American girl patterns. I have 2 granddaughters thta are 7 and 5. neither one into them yet. but there is hope. HAHA There are two Joann's in my area went to the smaller of the two and had no problems. Happy sewing to you all.
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Posts: 431 | Location: On the road to somewhere | Registered: Nov 11, 2004
NO! That takes serious courage at our store, not only because of the rush, but because of the European style circle entrance to the shoping area. Cars going in a circle (no directions or signs and spinning off! OMg!!! I only go there with a friend and shut my eys unless we're in a pickup.aaaaaaaaaauuuuuuuuggggh! Americans are NOT Europeans!!!!
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Posts: 7481 | Location: California | Registered: Sep 02, 2003
I did two days in a row...Yesterday was a wild Zoo.Got there at 7:20 am, I bought batting by the bolt and package all cotton and FQ bundles,cutting blades you could not have paid me to stand in the cutting line for 2 1/2 hours to get fabric,flannel or anything cut.
Today I went for the Quilters Showcase at 1.99 a yard and came home with about 70 yds of backing fabric's,couple magazine and 2 spools of thread...not bad for 117.00. Got there at 6:30..store opened at 7:00 and was home within 90 minutes I was 4th in line for cutting
Used a 25% off coupon both days...everything was 50% off and the blades were 60% off...My kinda shopping.
I also was the 1st one in the door at the LQS yesterday and received a free fall panel and bought nice fabrics at 40% off then 10% off for being a Guild member...
A pretty spendy weekend for me but it was okay I won't need to go back for a long time.....
May "In Michigan"
Posts: 9262 | Location: Michigan,up North,the west side of Perfect | Registered: Sep 14, 2004
I went, not for the sales, but because I needed interfacing and batting...and was pleased to see both were 50% off today I went too late to use my 25% off purchase coupon, which was a bummer because I would have saved $12 or $13, but I didn't get my interfacing needs figured out in time.
Had I extra money and nothing to spend it on, however, I'd have come home with a new sewing table, and a new mat for my cutting table. Both things I'd like to get, but don't really need.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ "I know how you turn a blanket into a quilt, Mom. You add some love to it." ~ J., 7/08, age 7 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Yes! But I was on the OTHER side of the counter working! I agree it was a ZOOOO both days! My store was very organized though...6 cutters yesterday w/ 3 running fabric back out & 4 or 5 cutters today! To say I'm beat isn't necessary is it? LOL!! I have to do it again tomorrow, too! [just keep telling myself that I need to pay some bills so have to go back...haha]
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I did go last night was way way to late for the batting but oh well I did get what I went for other wise and a few extra yards of fabric. Was going to go today but didn't see what I wanted today so didn't go today. I probley will not get to Joann's for a long time.
Posts: 3138 | Location: Des Moines, Wa. USA | Registered: Jan 05, 2004
We went to Oklahoma City for the holidays, went to Joanns Friday afternoon. Not to bad of a crowd then, only had to wait like 2 minutes to have my fabric cut.
I am doing Bonnie Hunter's "Easy Street" mystery quilt and picked up some of my fabrics for that.
When I got to the check out I asked if they could scan my phone coupons and they said yes. Seems there was a glitch in their phone app and the coupons that were suppose to go off at noon were still scanning from the phone woo-hoo! The lady at the check-out then says "you saved $42 and change" and I said tell that to my DH and he will say "if you had not gone you would have saved that plus what you spent" LOL but he is a sweetheart, handed me some cash and said have fun!
But on a sad note while inside someone side-swiped my car and left their black calling card mark on my bumper and back light Insurance was called and we will deal with it next week. I just wished that person had been nice enough to have left a note and fessed up.
Posts: 527 | Location: Texas zone 7B | Registered: Jan 20, 2008
I used to work at JoAnns, and I would never ever shop on Black Friday/doorbuster sale events ...normally nice people turn horrible and there's nothing in the world I want that bad. I did try to buy some fleece on line, $2.99 yd, and what I wanted was gone. Saturday morning I decided to brave it, at a store that is near a Home Depot and no other big store, walked right in, they had the fleece I wanted and was able to use the 25% coupon! The $1.99 bolts were being gobbled up as I walked in but I didn't see anything calling my name. I did also get some gray for "Easy Street", may be a little lighter than Bonnie's but if I watch what background I put with it, should work.
I got to Joanns around 10 am - and it wasn't crowded at all. I never shop at the crack of dawn. I got flannel for $1.49 a yard instead of $6 or $7 a yard. I couldn't find the fleece I wanted for about $2 or $3 a yd. so bought some at 50% off. Used my 2 coupons to buy needed needles and then they took 25% off the entire purchase --- so I figure I got well over $100 worth of stuff for $28 so I was happy.
I thought about it but didn't go. We are about an hour away and it is in a busy part so decided againt it. I could use some needles for my machine and some new rotary blades. Sounds like several of you made out real nice.
Posts: 573 | Location: Ashley, IL | Registered: Feb 16, 2005
I live 40 minutes from town so quite often don't run to town for a sale.
We have a new Joann's ours moved and they made this store a larger one but still not a super store.
The new store just opened the weekend before Thanksgiving, I did go in at this time but it was so packed it was like black Friday.
I did stop in yesterday to check out the $1.99 but they only had 3 colors and nothing I wanted. Again the lines were busy. I do not like waiting for 45 min to get my fabric cut and then almost this much time again to pay for it. I avoid the crowded Joanns. Maybe I should get there when they first open but not on Black Friday. Not this brave.
I went on lat Sunday afternoon to look at fleece. Got in there & saw check out line was long as well as cutting line so I decided to go back on MONDAY. One lady in check out line said she'd been in cutting line for 1 hr & her position in check out was shorter, she said than earlier. So much for that!!!! But did find which fleece I want to buy....
Posts: 35 | Location: NE of Fort Worth, Texas | Registered: Dec 24, 2011
I really have to say that I'm SOOOOO GLAD this weekend is OVER!!!! The sales were GREAT but it was C~R~A~Z~Z~Z~Z~Y busy all 3 days! In fact I worked 11.5 hrs on sat! I'm sooo tired but [for the most part] work w/ a bunch of FUN people so I survived...lol!
Now everyone needs to get busy making all their Chris tmas gifts...including me [couldn't pass up those deals either]
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I don't usually do black fridays, but have to admit I was lured into JoAnne's by the Ott light sale. I arrived at 5:15am, no one was in line. I went and got coffee, was back by 5:30 and was 4th in line. Doors opened at 6. Everyone at my store was very friendly - typical quilters attitudes! Once inside the store it got a little crazy busy. I did get my Ott light - normally $99 for $20. I got some flannel and fleece. Only had to wait about 20 minutes to have it cut.
Posts: 485 | Location: Oregon | Registered: Aug 19, 2004
Yes, I braved black Friday. Arrived at store between 9:30 and 10:00 AM. It was a zoo....lol I had to wait a long time to get my items cut but that was my fault as I did not get my number at the cutting table until I was finished shopping. Next time, if I do this, I am going to pull the number first and then shop because it takes a long time to go through all the numbers. I think to the best of my recollection when I walked into the store the cutting number being served was in the 60s. My number was I02 which I thought was 102. Not. The numbers start over again after 100. So I was number 2....
It could have been bad if I let it be bad. I actually had a good time talking with various customers about fabrics, projects, etc. I sat at the table in the patterns area and was able to figure out in advance how much I wanted cut per fabric. Had it all written down and this made the cutting time go smoother. I don't know why JoAnn's won't let the cutters cut multiple layers of fabric that have the same yardage? This is done in lqs'. Which is a timesaver.
Bad/good thing about having more time; buying more things....lol I did purchase the huge cutting mat which I really needed. Doing Bonnie Hunter's mystery online and taking a class in Plano. And lots of fabric. sewlovetoquilt can verify my shopping habit. She was with me in Portland at Fabric Depot......lol
The thing that would have really been super would have been to order pizza/s since we were there through lunchtime.....lol
I went in on Friday, around 9:30am. I needed the fabric for my Row Robin and a couple of other things. It took me about 30 minutes to decide on the 6 fabrics and about 10 minutes to find a pattern that my girlfriend needed (got her the Butterick version for $.99 instead of the Simplicity one for $7.20) and then went to stand in the cutting line. They had 4 stations working and the only real problem we had were the folks who didn't realize that there was a line and tried to cut in front. There were quite a few folks who hit the half-off fleece section in front of me. I would guess that it took another 8 or 9 minutes to get to the cutting table. It didn't take the young lady too long to cut my 4 1/2 yard and 2 1 yard pieces before I headed to the checkout line. Again, they had multiple registers working so I only stood in line for a very short time. All in all, I was only in the store for about an hour and most of that time was due to my inability to decide on fabrics (just too many choices). The best part was that with the sales (all quilting fabrics were $2.00/yd off), an old $5 gift card to use up and the 25% off total purchase coupon, I only spent $18.86! Yea, me!
Lost a lot of coupons by not going this weekend - but didn't want to brave the crowds.
I went on Monday and it was still very busy. Walked in the door and the check-out line was quite long. There were 4 or 5 cashiers moving the crowd. At the cutting table there was only one person working when I got in line, she ended up calling another one, and they ended up with 3 cutters. So all went very well. thankfully by the time I shopped and waited in line for cutting (about 15 minutes) the check-out line was nil - walked right up and out.
Got some nice bargins on Christmas fabric for 'shirt protectors' for the vets home.
Posts: 7442 | Location: Northeast | Registered: Nov 18, 2005
I didn't go on Friday to JoAnn's, but I went Sat. Got there about 8am and got 46 yards of the $1.99 Quilters Showcase fabric. I have one lady at my store I just love - she is such a cutup. While she was cutting, I was folding and it all went really quick.
Posts: 181 | Location: Tennessee | Registered: Nov 01, 2010
I went to one of ours on Friday about 8 AM, and there was hardly anyone in the store! I talked about the Houston quilt show with a couple of ladies and we exchanged email addresses. Then I found the fabric I needed and had no wait at the cutting table nor at the checkout line. Hmmmm, was I there on the wrong day? No, because I went to Half Price Books before they opened at 7, and it was definitely Black Friday there. So, a good experience (for a change).
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I was there a little before noon on Friday. There were a dozen or so people waiting to have fabric cut but I wasn't one of them. So I grabbed my new cutting mat and a couple bolts of the fusible interfacing that was on sale and headed for the cashier, where there was only a short wait.
I waited till sunday morning to go to Joann's I just a couple of things,as I was walking to the cashier, I saw some christmas fabric that I had to have at 50% off. The cutting line wasn't too bad, but there were only 2 women cutting the fabric, and were so slow. I really wanted the fabric,and waited and finally had my turn. The cashiers were a little faster, thank goodness.