Shopping trip to a giant fabric store


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.

This is an old photo of the original flour mill before it burned down.

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.

The rebuilt flour mill, it is no longer running now. I am not sure what they are going to do with it. I have heard rumors of turning it into restaurant and other things without destroying the building of course since it is a historical site and it is protected. 

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.






15 Comments Add yours

  1. Sheree says:

    I love that it’s a family-owned store. These all deserve our support.

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    1. So true, they struggle sometimes with the big stores, so it is nice to see this one has lasted so many years. It’s one of our favorite places to shop.

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  2. Jane Fritz says:

    Oh my gosh, that store looks like a little piece of heaven!!

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    1. It’s the perfect store for those creative types out there. There are all kinds of things to inspire someone to make something. The cashier behind the counter was so cute, she was an older woman from Missouri that moved here to Arizona. She started talking to me about how she is fixing up an old Victorian dollhouse. She gets all kinds of supplies working at that store.

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      1. Jane Fritz says:

        All that fabric!!! 🥰😍😏

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  3. I have a friend who quilts. She would probably get lost in this store for days!!! It looks like an awesome place to go!

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    1. She would and it is a fun place to visit.

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      1. I will have to post the cute quilts she sewed for Silas. She also sewed my other 3 grandbabies baby quilts.

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      2. I would love to see them. When the state fair is in town I always enjoy the quilt show the best.

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      3. Oh I always enjoyed the ones at our county fair!

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  4. ruthsoaper says:

    I have only dabbled in sewing over he years but now am learning more from my sister. Shopping for fabric is probably my favorite part. Love doing this with my sisters. We ooo and ah and point out our favorites to one another. Looking at them is not enough though you must feel each one as well and imagine how it would feel on your skin. This seems like a place where I could easily blow the budget. LOL.

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    1. Oh my gosh, I do that too. You do have to touch the fabrics. The prices aren’t bad here so it is easy to stick with a budget. But I know what you mean when it comes to over sending when you are in a store like this. They have some YouTube videos where people are shopping here. I should have left a link. I think you can do a search. It’s a fun store.

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