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jpenguin
10-27-2008, 09:24 PM
:nails: Okay, earlier this month a thread was started about what Wal-Mart was doing with their yarn section. I was just in mine last week & there was a whole aisle full of yarn. Red Heart, Lion Brand, Caron SS, Baby yarn galore but tonight, the night that I needed some yarn there was NONE! :grrr:My local Wal-Mart, 3 miles from the house, completely took out their fabrics & yarn section!!!!! Unbelievable. :tap: Replaced it with a bigger scrapbooking & cake decorating section. I just stopped & said WHOA out loud. A sales associated there just stopped & stated that it was removed from their store & that I could drive to two other stores about 10 miles from that store in either direction cause they still had their fabric & yarn sections. :!!!:I might as well drive to the Michael's, Jo-Ann or Hobby Lobby stores that would be the same distance. So much for convience for a few kind of yarns. Was looking forward to some new yarns in the yarn section from what the other tread said. Oh well, that is how my day has gone from the start. :hair:

Knitting_Guy
10-27-2008, 10:26 PM
Wally World sux

Lisa R.
10-27-2008, 11:45 PM
Hey Jody. If you're not talking about the Wal-mart at Marietta Trade Center on Cobb Pkwy, don't bother going there---I did the same thing last night. I wasn't actually looking for yarn, but that whole section is gone from that store as well.

(I'm in Marietta)

Mike
10-28-2008, 12:25 AM
If my Walmart removes the fabric/yarn section I will become one of the anti-Walmart people.
We used to have a bunch of Jo-Anns around and now we have one that is poorly stocked. If Walmart pulls that it will prove exactly what many people say about them moving into an area, putting businesses out and then changing their mind, leaving customers with nothing.

JustAFloridaGirl
10-28-2008, 12:55 AM
Wal-Mart really does suck. I hate shopping there unless it's midnight because it's always crawling with rude, trashy people who would sooner run you over with their cart than look at you. And the employees aren't much better.

My husband actually had a brief stint working there (VERY brief, we're talking a week, max) last year. I was the only one working because he was focusing on finding a job with his college degree. We got desperate for money, so he flooded the local retailers with applications. Wal-Mart was the first to call him back.

Anyways, my point is that in his orientation, there was at least one person who was illiterate, and another person who needed the term "tax" explained to him.

Oh yeah, and they also made sure the employees knew not to bother with giving any kind of customer service because "our prices are so low, they'll come back here to shop." And no, I'm not kidding, that's literally what my husband was told in orientation when they came to the customer service portion of the training.

Luckily, on his fourth, or maybe it was his fifth day of work, he was walking in when his cell phone rang with an offer for an interview in his degree field. Granted, it was across the country in Utah, but still.

Ugh, Wal-Mart. I'm really just to the point where I'd rather spend a little extra money to shop in a store with a friendlier, cleaner atmosphere. Unfortunately, because Wal-Mart really DOES have some of the lowest prices around, people will still shop there in droves, giving them almost a monopoly over the stores of that type. I can only hope the company shoots themselves in the foot by starting to remove complete departments from their stores.

Debkcs
10-28-2008, 01:00 AM
Our JoAnn's stocks nothing but acrylics. Craft World (?) does a lot better, and their beading selection is really great.

teachermom
10-28-2008, 05:49 AM
About a year ago, the lady that worked (I don't see her anymore) in our local Wal-mart told me that Wal-mart is getting rid of their fabric/yarn section in all their stores over a period of time. She said as they remodel each store, it will disappear. They even had a petition going in our store - I don't think anything came of it. They yarn section is no longer one wall, about a quarter now and the fabrics are not as plentiful as they used to be. We've got JoAnn's, but it is a joke for yarn, our ACMoore and Michael's used to stock a good selection - but not anymore. If I'm looking for something a little different than the Red Heart or Lion Brand I need to go to my LYS and if they don't carry it - order online (hate shipping cost).
It is a shame that Wal-mart is doing this because we live in an area that is diverse in its population - not everyone can afford to get their yarn or fabric from somewhere else. Wal-mart needs to wake up.

knitpurlgurl
10-28-2008, 07:18 AM
:hug: 'Sorry to hear you had such an awful day..

thecatsmother
10-28-2008, 08:57 AM
We have 2 Walmarts in our town and the one nearest to me got rid of their fabric department and cut way back on their yarn selection.I hardly ever go there now as I am a Walmart hater anyway but this certainly helps with the stash problems LOL.I have never ordered on-line but I think I may try it.

jpenguin
10-28-2008, 10:27 AM
It is a shame that Wal-mart is doing this because we live in an area that is diverse in its population - not everyone can afford to get their yarn or fabric from somewhere else. Wal-mart needs to wake up.

I agree with this statement. I use to be one of those people who couldn't afford to shop for my fabrics or yarn at any other store than Wal-Mart. Although, Now that I think about it again, :think: quickly heading that way again with this economy & husband being self employed. I only grab something in there from the yarn section when in a bind or when charity knitting called for red heart yarn. I was just looking for an orange yarn last night to use to tie up my ghost suckers that I am giving out for Halloween to my students who ride my bus. Couldn't even find orange in what they did have.

I guess I am going to just have to start making a list & time my trips to Jo-Ann's or Hobby Lobby for yarns again. I have also gotten to where I order a lot online with Jo-Ann's or Herrschnerr's with the gas prices having been high. I just hope they don't take these sections out of the really small rural towns stores. I used to live in one, in-laws still there, & that is all they have for crafts there. Otherwise it is a 50 minute drive north or 75 minutes south for bigger towns with Michaels' in them.

jpenguin
10-28-2008, 10:32 AM
If you're not talking about the Wal-mart at Marietta Trade Center on Cobb Pkwy, don't bother going there

Lisa,

I was at the new, well I guess a little over a year there now, Wal-Mart on Dallas Hwy just over the Paulding County line. It had a really great yarn section until now. Will be heading into Austell on Thursday morning so will hit Hobby Lobby while I am there.

It is really sad that we have to think about driving 8 miles for yarn now with gas prices. It stinks, I use to never think twice about jumping in the car & driving to Town Center Jo-Ann's or over to Hiram for the Michael's or into Austell for the Hobby Lobby. Now I make a list of what I need at which stores & wait for it until I am in that area again on other errand. This is really putting a crimp in adding to my yarn stash! :teehee:

suzeeq
10-28-2008, 10:45 AM
Not to hijack a thread or anything, but....
Gas prices have dropped about $1 a gallon in the last several weeks. They're below what they were in the spring when the prices started to go up. Many places are around 2.50/gallon now. Is everyone still seeing higher prices where they live?

dustinac
10-28-2008, 10:55 AM
Not to hijack a thread or anything, but....
Gas prices have dropped about $1 a gallon in the last several weeks. They're below what they were in the spring when the prices started to go up. Many places are around 2.50/gallon now. Is everyone still seeing higher prices where they live?

JD said last night he found gas for 2.25! :woot: I never thought it would drop below 3.00. My parents are in WV their area is at 2.69 I think...they are always higher than us.

Abbily
10-28-2008, 11:04 AM
Here in Austin it's $2.19. I never thought I'd see gas below $3.00 again either!

suzeeq
10-28-2008, 11:19 AM
It's about 2.30 here, though it goes down every day. I never though it would be below $3 either, or at least not much lower, nevermind closer to $2. YAY!

HollyP
10-28-2008, 11:25 AM
My brother in Richmond VA said he paid $1.99 for gas last night. Around here it is 2.15ish .End of hijack

I have one Walmart in my area with a very limited amount of yarn. I hate that I have to drive past one Walmart to get to the one with yarn but it is still closer than Michaels(with a pretty good selection of yarn) or Joann (which has a horrible selection of yarn).
According to the manager at the Walmart with yarn he hasn't heard anything about gettting rid of their section. He explained that they looked at each store and saw what was selling and if the yarn wasn't selling the section would be taken out. I have a hard time believing that my Walmart wasn't selling enought yarn to keep the section considering eveytime I was in there I would see people buying yarn or needles but...

onb4050
10-28-2008, 11:48 AM
I would so love to open my own yarn shop. My friend and I were talking the other day about how we have become yarn snobs - that we dont want knit w/just red heart or plain acrylic anymore. And we want a huge variety to choose from when we shop. I guess thats why we shop online for most of our yarn.

But that yarn shop is my dream. Maybe someday!

Snugglebugmom
10-28-2008, 12:54 PM
I'm miffed about the disappearing yarn and fabric section as well. I don't know why they are doing away with all of it, but it ticks me off! I would love to be able to go to my LYS, but I just don't have the income for it. Walmart used to offer cheap stuff that I could afford. But these days If you can't shell out thirty dollars for a skein of sock yarn, apparently you're out of luck.

suzeeq
10-28-2008, 12:58 PM
Sock yarn can be bought at Joann's, Michaels and HL, as well as online, for well under $30 per pair.

jpenguin
10-28-2008, 01:22 PM
I would so love to open my own yarn shop.
But that yarn shop is my dream. Maybe someday!

This is also my dream someday too! My husband tells me that once we are out of debt, in about 50 years :teehee:, that I can then think about opening a shop. I figure if we stick to our plan that will be about 7 years down the road. Have 2 kids to put thru college yet.

As for sock yarn under $30 I find that having a friend who owns a yarn shop in another state & carries Tofutsie's sock yarn comes in handy.

As for the gas prices, I did start that with my whining about them being high. Here by me in the west side of Atlanta we are right around $2.37 still. I still am not going back to my old habits of just running out for one thing when I get a whim. My husband & I both, unfortunetly didn't think about it 5 years ago, drive large SUV's that are paid for but still take a good bit of $$$ to fill up. I would love to see it back in the $1's range here.

Okay off my whining box now. Time for me to get back to the school bus to pick up the kiddies from school here. I have enjoyed hearing everyone's voices about this & that.

teachermom
10-28-2008, 01:47 PM
My dream would be to have my own knitting and quilting shop with a coffee/tea counter and small finger food snacks. I would have a classroom or two and space for quilters to spread out their quilts to baste together, etc... It would also have a warm and cozy place for people to bring in their small projects to sit, knit and chat. One day maybe....

KnittinMitchie
10-28-2008, 02:32 PM
Now I shop at walmart for clothing for my fast growing 3 yr old daughter. They have nice clothing for kids and I normally don't pay too much.

As to the yarn thing YEAH I'm a little miffed over that. Our older Walmart still has the fabric and the HUGE wall of yarn as well as the dish cloth cotton and crochet cotton in one isle. If they keep it up with the minimizing of the craft section I'm going to start going to HL or Micheal's to get all of my yarn.

Someone mentioned sock yarn. The Red Heart Heart and Sole is $4.99/skein at my HL here in Texas. so you can do a pair of socks for $10.

1knittychick
10-28-2008, 06:53 PM
Our WM has a nice selection and I buy a skein when I just want to add something to my huge stash. We have another WM about 45 minutes from my house and their section is just a tad better. Once I use up all my stash, I'll probably just buy online and pay shipping or go to Tuscaloosa more often.

suzeeq
10-28-2008, 09:33 PM
Someone mentioned sock yarn. The Red Heart Heart and Sole is $4.99/skein at my HL here in Texas. so you can do a pair of socks for $10.

And this week HL has it on sale for 3.66 and the Lion sockease for 7.88. But I think the person who wrote about expensive sock yarn may not have any choices for yarn near her except wm and the lys. Though it can still be ordered online for much less.

RuthieinMaryland
10-31-2008, 10:02 AM
My dream would be to have my own knitting and quilting shop with a coffee/tea counter and small finger food snacks. I would have a classroom or two and space for quilters to spread out their quilts to baste together, etc... It would also have a warm and cozy place for people to bring in their small projects to sit, knit and chat. One day maybe....

:waving: Hi!

Let us know when you open! Since I'm in Maryland, I'll probably be the first one you see at the door!

What a GREAT dream! Any idea when? :yay:

Ruthie :thumbsup:

Arielluria
10-31-2008, 11:03 AM
Same EXACT thing happened to me at my Wally World a couple of weeks ago. Not even a yarn sale or fabric sale at all, just GONE!!!!!!!!!! And replaced with all that scrapbooking junk which I hate!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! We all need to complain heavily!!!!!!!!!

thecatsmother
10-31-2008, 11:56 AM
I finnally made it to our other wallmart to check out their yarn selection and it's crappy,so I guess for wallmart is out for yarn.We don't have Hobby Lobby in Canada but we have a Michaels and that's all except for lys

Brandienee85
10-31-2008, 12:07 PM
My dream would be to have my own knitting and quilting shop with a coffee/tea counter and small finger food snacks. I would have a classroom or two and space for quilters to spread out their quilts to baste together, etc... It would also have a warm and cozy place for people to bring in their small projects to sit, knit and chat. One day maybe....
My Dream place!!!! Pick me! If you added books to that, I would seriously never leave. :)

jpenguin
10-31-2008, 12:48 PM
Okay, yesterday I had an appt & while out I went to Hobby Lobby. I don't need Wal-Mart anymore for yarn! :) Fabric at Hobby Lobby was about the same so will still go to Jo-Ann's for that. I went into the Hobby Lobby for a skein of orange & skein of black yarn to wrap around my ghost suckers to hand out today to my bus kids. Well......:aww: so much for just two small skeins of yarn. I walked out of there with about $40 in yarn. Guess it has been a good while since I was there & they redid their yarn section. I see more trips in the future with my yarn budget. That stash just isn't going away anytime soon either. :teehee:

hartleystudio
10-31-2008, 01:21 PM
Does anyone else dream of a knitting section at Target??? OOOOHHHHH, the fun yarn they would have, fashionable and affordable!! Ummmmmmmm :heart: I love target, it's my happy place.

newbieknit
11-02-2008, 03:25 PM
My dearest friend works pretty high up in the Wal*Mart division that takes care of how they reset the stores. Soon NO Wal*Mart will carry any fabrics or yarn stuff that we love so much. There is a reset crew who goes in at night and the stuff just vanishes. I have no idea why they don't have a giant sale or anything. I think I'm going to push him a bit and make him tell his boss that if they had a huge going out of yarn sale, that the section would be picked clean in a day :woot: what a profit they could make! When the Joanne's by my home went out of business it looked like it had been hit by a tornado!

Lighting57
11-02-2008, 04:31 PM
Does anyone else dream of a knitting section at Target??? OOOOHHHHH, the fun yarn they would have, fashionable and affordable!! Ummmmmmmm :heart: I love target, it's my happy place.

OH, I would much rather shop at Target. The nearest to me is 30 miles. There isn't one here where I live. They seem to carry a better selection and better grade of quality than WM. Now, if they would also carry yarn, that would be excellent. They need to pick up the ball now that WM has dropped it and pull in all of the customer that would come there for yarn.

Lighting57
11-02-2008, 04:43 PM
Quote: "According to the manager at the Walmart with yarn he hasn't heard anything about gettting rid of their section. He explained that they looked at each store and saw what was selling and if the yarn wasn't selling the section would be taken out. I have a hard time believing that my Walmart wasn't selling enought yarn to keep the section considering eveytime I was in there I would see people buying yarn or needles but..."

Do you think they ever stopped and considered that if what they sold was of a better quality, they might sell more of it? DUH!

sprig
11-02-2008, 04:46 PM
ive noticed over the past few yrs here walmart has been shrinking its yarn/fabric section. what used to be a few isles went down to one wall, and is now down to a quarter wall... would not suprise me if the next time i went there they had none... the only really bad thing about it is i'm a night owl and there are no other 24hr stores here where i could buy yarn ... also the closest joanne has relocated to a place where they have been doing tons of construction... micheals and hobby lobby are about the only places to find yarn close to me any more. i'm still thankful i dont have to drive half cross town to get yarn tho ... altho i'm thinking about ordering all my yarn online now ... going to a store and not finding what u want is always a big disapointment.

sprig
11-02-2008, 04:49 PM
i would totally love a yarn section in target ... its much less frustrating than walmart and they would have great stuff...

Craw
11-02-2008, 07:12 PM
I heard Walmart was getting rid of their crafts section from another crafting forum and the reaction was much the same. I never really go in Walmart except to see what they've got in yarn occasionally but now it seems I won't have any need to go there at all. Walmart sells junk. I do like Target better. A new Target just went up by me so we have 2 to choose from now. Wish they'd sell yarn! :drool: Considering Walmart is doing away with that department, it would be in Target's best interest to pick it up.

crazykntter83
11-03-2008, 12:37 AM
I've also noticed wal-mart's yarn section dwindling. It's sad really, once they completely do away with it, I'll have to go 30 miles away to get yarn. I wish wal-mart would just pick up better brands, they'd probably sell better.

auntcrafty
11-03-2008, 01:14 AM
Does anyone else dream of a knitting section at Target??? OOOOHHHHH, the fun yarn they would have, fashionable and affordable!! Ummmmmmmm :heart: I love target, it's my happy place.

Sorry, not me! I get a headache & sick to my stomach just thinking about it! I'm allergic to corn and they pop corn & vent it throughout the whole store. The last time I went in, I almost had to go to the ER with breathing problems. So no more Target for me! I also have a hard time with movie theaters that pop their own corn. I have to really want to see a movie to have to risk it.

Sorry to hijack!

ETA: Gas is at a record low of $3.65 in Paia (North Shore of Maui) & averaging $3.75 in the rest of the area. We were still at $4.75 two weeks ago. I would be happy to have gas at $2.35!

ArtLady1981
11-03-2008, 01:23 AM
My husband and "in-college" granddaughter would throw HISSY- FITS if they thought I had gone into a Wal-mart and purchased anything.

I was, at first, of the notion "hey, it's a free country...free entreprise and all that"...

...then they both shoved the literature in my face...about Wal-mart and their business practices, here and in 3rd World countries....

Me and Wally have parted ways. :pout:

knitpurlgurl
11-03-2008, 09:58 AM
I don't buy my yarn from WalMart, but I think it's a shame that they are getting rid of all of their crafting supplies. I know alot of people that buy their yarn from WalMart as well as lost cost fabric for charity knitting/sewing. And I know alot of people that don't have any other stores near to buy yarn from and simply can't afford more pricey yarns.

ArtLady1981
11-03-2008, 02:13 PM
Yeah, I remember their fabulous fabric section. Lots of variety, good prices. And Wally's was the only place I could find my favorite acrylic yarn, too.