Anywhooo...Michael Levine is one of those places I've gotta get to. So when Elizabeth sent me an email a couple of weeks ago asking me about this new internet fabric place, Low Price Fabrics, I was intrigued. I did go on the website and mosey around but I bought nuthin'. Somehow last weekend I ended up on a link to their site, don't ask me how because I don't remember now...is that my old age showing?
However, the link I followed took me to the Free Spirit collection where they had alot of the Van Gogh rayons in colors, prints and patterns that weren't available on fabric.com's site. Now I loved those rayons when they were at fabric.com but I didn't love the price ($14.99 per yard). Because of that I purchased just two pieces and only then with one of the site's discounts - like 20 or 25% off - but can I say again that those are two really vivid and amazing pieces of fabric...one of which you will see in a finished garment soon!
Now if you've followed the link above (come back, come back, don't get lost in the fabric goodness over there!) you will have noticed that those beautiful and luscious rayons are $6 a yard! Yes, let me repeat that, they are $6 a yard!!! So you know I bought some...well I bought a few...but we won't discuss my fabric piggyness tendencies ~ oooookay! *LOL* Let me just say that as long as there is fabric to be bought, I will never be depressed!
So what I really want to discuss besides the beautiful fabric, of course, is the wonderful buying experience that is LowPrice Fabrics. Seriously peoples, they took my money so easily and then delivered the goods so well that I WILL be giving them more, money that is! The website was uber easy to use. The cart held my goods for over two hours because I had to get up from the computer to attend to something in the house and when I came back the fabric was just where I left it! Two points/stars for that because I hate having to make a cart over because of fabricbuying interruptus!
I received an email at every part of the process. One when I checked out. One when they shipped the fabric...and here is another place where they got gold stars - a UPS notification of when the fabric shipped and when it would arrive. Be still my heart! No worrying about when it or if it will show up. The anticipation factor was high because I knew when my fabric would arrive and I had the ability to track it cross country!
Lastly here's what put them over the top and gave them the gold four star notification award...they have it set with UPS so that you also receive a notification when the fabric is delivered! Peoples, do you know how wonderful it is to have that UPS notification pop into your email box in the midst of a long hard day and to know that a treat is waiting for you when you come trudging home!?! Awesome...just awesome!
Now let's discuss, packaging. Y'all know that I love me some Fabric Mart...love them I do. But their packaging leaves much to be desired. Let's just say that there are two considerations you should always make when receiving a box of goodies from Fabric Mart...is it going to rain or snow anytime during the time you think your goods will be delivered? Because there is a chance your box could get wet and if it does, so does your fabric. Also you need to be very mindful when you're gleefully slicing that box open because you could inadvertently cut through your fabric, this is experience talking here people!
Here's how my package from Low Price Fabrics arrived:
The package as it was left by the garage door
The box without the plastic covering
Opening the box to see the goodies inside.
The fabric in a Michael Levine Store bag.
Finally the block of fabric encased in plastic
The Low Price fabric packing while not on the artistic level of say Emmaonesock, Farmhouse Fabrics (with its gingham bows) or Sawyer Brook Fabrics is so much better than Fabric Mart. And of course the goods were spectacular!
So what am I saying here? I'm saying that if you live outside of the LA Garment District and you want to experience a little of it in your corner of the world...mosey on over to Low Price Fabrics and see what wants to come home with you. Now to my International Sewing Sistahs, I'm going to leave you with a link to their shipping details (here) so you can figure out if they will ship to you.
Finally, while I love these pieces, I will be adding them to the collective (get the Star Trek nod there! *LOL*). They will be assimiliated and their special talents will be used in the future when they are called to active duty. Gawd I'm really Trekking it aren't I? But I did want to share this marvelous experience with you and if, like me, you have no fabric shame or "off" knob, surf on over and check out the fabric goodness that is Low Price Fabrics. I'm sure that you will come away with something...even if it is only a contact fabric high...
...as always, more later!