When I was in the US, I took advantage of our almost on-par dollar and the amazing prices on fabrics and thread that the US has. For example, their batiks are around $9 to $11 a yard, whereas the same batiks in Australia cost between $20 and $28 a metre (close enough to a yard). And then there are the thread prices — again, much cheaper than in Australia, and some types of thread are very hard to get from retail stores in Australia (e.g. Isocord). Of course, when the fabric and threads are on special, that’s an even better deal!
The Quilt Haus in New Braunfels offered all workshop participants 10% off, no matter what we purchased. And at Klassy Katz in Barlow, just north of Memphis, the owner was getting rid of her 500 m Superior Rainbows threads for around $5 each — yes, I took them all! These threads are around $15 a spool in Australia. And I found out that she gave 20% off whatever was remaining to customers who purchased the last yardage on a bolt.
So after I’d off-loaded the Tim Tams, Sue’s quilt and other goodies I’d brought with me, I had room in my luggage for fabric and thread. In fact, I was only 3 kg more in my baggage weight coming home than I was going over, so in hindsight I could’ve bought more ;-)
Here are some of the fabrics and threads I bought (I discovered more threads after I’d taken these pictures!), and yes, a purple quilt is in my head!: