In the recent hols I got to shop in person at Birch Fabrics/Fabricworm in downtown Paso Robles, California! Really that was the whole point of the trip. Just kidding. I was in California with a couple of frolleagues (blend of friend and colleague) to present at the Visible Learning Conference in Carlsbad.
Anyway, we were at Birch Fabrics/Fabricworm just after opening on a Sunday morning. It's staffed by young, bright hipsters with dyed hair and tattoos. Not what I was expecting.
As you can see fabric was stacked and piled everywhere. They said they do about 100 www orders a day, but had recently had a sale on organics so were doing 200 a day.
I had a bit of a shop - always mindful of the 23kg suitcase limit though and I had already been plate shopping (as you do) at Anthropolgie in San Francisco. Fabric is a dead-weight. It came home in my carry-on. It hasn't been added to the bookshelf-o-fabric yet. It's still in a half unpacked state in the spare room. I look forward to creating my cousin Kelly's baby quilt from some of it though.
For more exciting photos (but not of fabric), I have added a few to the holidays page. Oh, and the conference was great. I have come home all re-inspired.