A couple weeks ago, around the time of Halloween, my daughter needed some fabric for a Star Wars costume she was making and the best store in our city for fabric is a giant store here called SAS. It has been around for decades.
We headed over to get ideas and stock up on some bits and bobs for future creative projects. Mostly I was looking for Christmas fabrics and trims for ornaments.
I love this store. This is the place to come when you are one of those frugal moms that likes to try creating things yourself, even if your costumes seem a little silly sometimes. At least you will get some laughs out of it.
SAS is only in Arizona, it’s a mom and pop business that is family owned and been operating since the 1960’s. It’s been in the same location since 1964.
My aunt remembers going to this store when she could not afford the pretty blouses at Montgomery wards in the city. She got her fabric from a friend of hers that worked at the old flour mill in Tempe.
He would bring her all kinds of pretty cotton fabric from the flour bags. Then she would take newspaper and draw out patterns to make her own shirts.
She added little buttons, lace and bows she bought from SAS. All the girls in her High school asked her where she bought her blouses because they were so pretty. She loves sharing this story from her past. When you grow up poor, you learn how to make what you want yourself.
On this shopping trip, I picked up some little faux flowers for some floral wreaths and baskets I am working on.
Then I bought some beads and buttons for ornaments I will be making later.
I also bought some trim that was on sale.
I was really happy to discover some yarn in the store this trip, normally I have not seen yarn before. It was mohair and wool yarns from Italy. They were priced $1.99 each. I think I will make little reindeer with the yarn for a Christmas display. The isle next to the yarns was all fuzzy material. I remember buying yards of this and making puppets for speech lessons for my kids. Puppets are less intimidating and children seem to be eager to speak to them instead of real people. Try everything and anything to get those words out of the little ones that struggle with language.
Most items in the store are pretty cheap, just right for me. You know I love a bargain.
I always have the most fun looking at the fabric selection.
So many to choose from.
There are rolls of colorful fabrics everywhere.
And all kinds of trims and tassels.
These were cute. Tiny pom poms.
Every time I visit I almost always head back again because I decided to buy something I didn’t buy during the first visit. I might be going back for this print. They would make adorable little fabric wreaths to tie onto packages.
Hope you all loved this shopping trip. Have fun out there saving money, making things yourself and don’t forget to support small businesses. Happy shopping everyone.