Fabrics, Buttons, Sample Sales in New York

March 16, 2007 at 12:16 pm 6 comments

Watch for “Sample Sales.”
New York’s Garment District is one of those places you might not run across in a typical tourist visit to the Big Apple. And as I’ve mentioned in my last post, most of the designer showrooms are not open to the public — unless you’re on a pre-arranged tour with Pam Parisi. But many of the showrooms do run occasional sample sales for the public. So only enter the shops or showrooms if you see a “Sample Sale” sign out front. Even though some of the ground floor showrooms have fashions displayed in their window, they are not open to street traffic shoppers.

Fabrics, Buttons, Bows and Ribbon
Now these are the shops you can visit and buy from — even if you’re just a regular shopper. There are a phenomenal number of shops at street level, jam-packed with bolts of Close up of a fabric sample.fabric. Other shops specialize in buttons, beads, ribbons, trims and other notions. So if you like to sew, are a quilter, are looking for a special fabric, or just want to browse, you are welcome to do so in these kind of Garment District shops. Here’s a link to some of them.

1) Fashion Center/Garment District.
Both are the same part of town. Fashion Center is just a newer name. Here’s a map of the district.
2) Fabric Shop Locations. Most of the fabric, button, ribbon and trim shops are located on 39th and 40th Streets, between 7th and 8th Avenues.
3) Cash or Credit Card? Check out the list of shops on the link provided above. Go on their Web sites or call ahead to see if they take credit cards or only cash. It may vary from shop to shop.
4) Specialty Fabrics. Most everything is out there. Sewers and quilters will love these shops. Fake fur, lace, cottons, dupioni, silk organza, drapery and uphostery fabrics, cashmere, leather, wool, linen. Lots of discounts, end-of-mill runs, and special bargains.

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Entry filed under: New York City, New York City Bargains, NYC Sales.

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6 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Sue Houdyshell  |  April 17, 2007 at 9:49 am

    Any idea of what stores might carry cotton rope fringe for bed spreads. I need about 7 yds of white or pink 3″ rope fringe.
    Any help would be appreciated.
    Sue Houdyshell
    Richmond, Virginia

  • 2. tish  |  April 17, 2007 at 10:02 am

    Sue — I’m sorry I don’t know that. But I’d urge you to contact the NYC stores listed via the link on my post above — http://www.paulanadelstern.com/fabric/guides/index.html

    Either check their Web sites or call them to inquire. If one store does’t carry the trim, it can most likely steer you in the right direction to find a place that does.

    Thanks for reading my blog. Maybe one of our readers can respond with a more definitive answer for you.


  • 3. Marsha  |  November 29, 2007 at 3:09 pm

    My nieces love to make clothing for their dolls so, I would like to purchase some sample pieces of fabric for them. Do you have any idea of where the best place for me to find some inexpensive “scraps” of fabric ?

  • 4. Lisa Kier  |  May 8, 2008 at 7:28 am

    i would love to know your suggestions for me finding a basic sewer for my simple projects in order to get my business moving along

  • 5. Lisa Kier  |  May 8, 2008 at 7:31 am

    Oh thanks for listening and any information would be appreciated. I have put flyers around and that did not work. So I revised it and put more out there and still no response

  • 6. Penny Duelk  |  January 12, 2010 at 10:53 pm

    I would love to know if there is any place in New York that I can find quality faux fur pom poms. I found mink pom poms at MJ Trimming but don’t want the “real thing”. Seems impossible to find. Thanks for any help you can give me.


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