melody wrote: Paducah is full of little 'boutique' fabric shops too...and the whole town transforms for the month of April for the Quilt Show...every vacant building or cubbyhole is rented for the month by vendors who come in just for the Quilt Show....then Eleanor Burns has a huge fabric sale (and in typical Eleanor Burns style...a monster tent party) Her tent blew away in a storm this year, the night before the Quilt Show opened, and she had another one brought in and set up by daybreak the next morning. Her shop is one of the big attractions during Quilt Week. Caryl Fallert has a studio (more like a mansion) in Paducah too...(she's my hero).
Fabric vendors from around the world come in just for this. Then,there are the vendors selling vintage fabric (NOT reproduction) flour sacks, old lace, antique quilt tops, Featherweights, fancy sewing cabinets and gazillions of notions. The Post Office sets up a special kiosk right on the grounds and will pack and ship your purchases home ahead of you. I spend a small fortune that week.
This picture is of the 'hurt book' sale...the publisher puts all of the books with bent corners and cosmetic flaws in a big room and they're all $5 each...some of these books are over $30 retail!