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Friday, November 11, 2011

Shopping with a Blogging Friend

Fellow bloggers are such a special breed of people, it doesn't matter than you've never met in person before, all it takes is 1 minute and you are sure you've known each other forever.

I had such a great day meeting up with a blogging friend and shopping.  She is definitely a soul mate in that she likes to sew and makes her own drapes, pillows and accessories,  so instant bonding.  She read about my favorite discount fabric store and wanted to go see what she could find.  Such a fun store and not only the greatest and largest selection of fabrics, but the best prices too.  All the way from $2. yd to $12. yd.  Plus they incoorporate such fun displays to give you decorating ideas too.

Cute display made with an old window frame.

It's always fun to see how they coordinate different fabrics.

The brown and turquoise is so pretty in this display.

This is my new blogger friend, Mercy from A Quest for Creating.  We had just entered the store and kind of got sidetracked at the rug section.  Like everyone, the first time you visit this store, it is just a bit over-whelming.

This area rug is gorgeous, such a great pattern and color and a 12 x 15 for $149. 

A look at another section of rugs.

And a few more.

Next, we started down all of the aisles drooling over all the wonderful fabrics.



Most of these fabrics were around $2. yd.

These were the colors that kept catching my eye.  Loved the soft camel tones.

And this is what I came home with.  Isn't this a stunning fabric and it is reversible.  Love it.

Can you see the beginning of a new color scheme.

Mercy bought the most gorgeous diamond pattern fabric for new drapes.  They are going to be exquisite.  Her colors were kind of a deep rusty/brown.

After that we went to another shop with some new, thrift and consignment things.  I didn't get any pics there, however when we got to the Hotel Furniture Liquidators, I did get a few.

Lamps anyone?  Most of these were $19 to $29 and they also include a shade.

Just a quick shot across some of the sofa.  They had leather sofas with lovely nailhead trim for $699.

Tons of chairs starting at $59 to $99, pictures, mirrors and furniture galore.  Mercy found a fabulous king size duvet and drapes for around $50.  They are such a fabulous pattern and beautiful material.  Here she is showing you a few of the shades you can choose from for you thousand or so lamps. (sorry the pic is blurry, she is such a cutie and such a fun person, I just had to show some of her personality)

A super fun day and I can't wait to do it again.

Don't forget the last day to sign up for the French Grainsack Pillow giveaway is Sunday.  Click on pic on sidebar to enter.


  1. I am so jealous...I so wish we had a fabric store like this one near me:( That hotel store looks pretty good too!!!


  2. Hi Marty! Oh, how nice to meet and shop with your blogging friend. She is so cute! I'm with Linda - I could be jealous with all those great prices on the fabrics!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  3. Wow! What a great place to shop! That rug is amazing and if you weren't all the way across the country, I'd be in my car on my way to shopping with you!

  4. OMGOSH, Marty! WHERE is that store? What a fabulous selection of fabrics~ I love it! I have a few blog friends that I can't wait to meet either- xo Diana

  5. Looks like a GREAT day, Marty! I know you 2 had great fun. Have a wonderful weekend. XO, Pinky

  6. Oh Marty, so nice to see those great big shops from the USA...wish I had one like it here, like that huge one!...we have but not huge like them! You both look like you had such great fun and I need to reapholster two sofas in the den. Thanks for sharing.

  7. Looks like a wonderful day with a fun new Pal.. wow Talk about Lamp heaven- I could have a few of those.
    thanks for sharing your shopping trip with us. I had fun and didnt spend a penney:)


  8. OMG! Heaven...

    The brown/turquoise is a MUST for me and the one you grabbed home.

    That's perfect for my bedroom as that the motiffs.

    Happy w/end, Lady M. Hope you're in the best of everything as well as DH.

    Hugs from a chilly Stockholm,

  9. I love the fabric you chose, Marty! I'm working with a reversible fabric right now myself on panels I'm doing for our sunroom. It was very hard to decide which side to use! : ) It looks like a great place and that you had a fun bloggy shopping day. I know what you mean, too. I met up with Sue from Sullivan and Murphy last week and came away feeling like I knew her a long time!

  10. Wow what a fun time Marty!! :) I love meeting blogging friends! xoxo

  11. Love the fabric you picked out. Can't wait to see what you do with it. That place looks amazing!

  12. Marty,
    Thanks for taking us along with Mercy on your recent shopping trip!
    As I looked down the rows and rows of fabric...all that cmae to mind was your lovely pillows!Enjoy making your new ones, dear!!!
    PaP.S. That gorgeous rug you admired is pretty close to my new carpeting!

  13. Looks like two great places to shop!

  14. Marty looks like you had so much fun... And what great stuff in that store...

  15. Oh my! That store has everything! I'd go crazy in there and my credit card would enjoy being used! Love that first rug you showed and those fabrics in your color scheme was so tempting! Good thing I don't come to Phoenix every year..I'd be in big trouble! Thanks for sharing..this place is no secret anymore!

  16. Oh my, it looks like you girls had some fun! I have never seen so many lamps in my entire life!

  17. Looks like you guys had a great day shopping Marty! Love that new fabric! Martina

  18. oh my word!!! im sooooo jealous of not being close to that store. amazing. I LOVE That gold damask rug. i have been looking for one just like that!!!

  19. What a fantasy store, looks like you two couldn't help but have a great time.

  20. Oh my word what a wonderful looking store!! That huge Damask rug gave me heart palpitations!! I love it and I can't believe it is $149.00! Looks like you had a fun day!

    Rachel :)

  21. I can't even begin to tell you how much I would LOVE to visit a place like that. I love that reversible fabric.

  22. OMG I could spend a lot of money in that store. I love your camel colors. I love earth tones!

  23. I love to look at fabrics too. looks like you had a great selection to choose from. I really like what you chose. It's fun to meet another blogger isn't it? Glad to hear that you made another friend.

  24. I love, love fabric...What a fun day and loved reading about it

  25. What is the name of the store? Looks like you had the place to yourselves.

  26. How fun to meet and go shopping with a blogger friend. That place does look overwhelming....overwhelming fun!

  27. Oh sigh....I wish I would have been there with you both. What fun! Thank you for sharing your shopping fun with us. I love the area rug, the beige patterned one for $149! Big Hugs xo

  28. Wow! Some great deals to be had there! And wasn't it nice to catch up with an internet friend?!
    Lucky you!

  29. Girls! I had the most fantastic time with Marty she took me on this shopping expedition and I was on sensory overload. I haven't been able to post because my computer has been having lots of problems crashing but I think we may have found a solution from a friend's son so we will be trying it and I can hopefully post the beautiful fabrics that I purchased at the fabric store and the duvets I picked up at that hotel store. Shopping with Marty was such a treat and it felt like I knew her for so long. Marty has such wonderful taste and ideas and really a treat that she is so close by. Hope we will do it again soon and have all you girls drooling with our finds!!

  30. I am GREEEEEEN with envy.... firstly for a great bargain day, but mostly envious of a day spent shopping with the darling little Marty... I'm so glad you had such a fun time and so sad that we don't have that great rug/fabric store here. Darn it all....


  31. I'm not that far away & I'd love to know where those stores are! if you care to share. Hugs, GraceinAZ

  32. A friend of mine is an interior designer and I have gone with her to differnt design centers to choose fabrics, carpets, etc..and you are right. It can be overwhelming. It was my friendship with her that made me decide I DID NOT want to go into that business! I learned things..but I don't think it stuck! :) I'll stick to TJMax.

  33. Marty, I wonder if Hotel Liquidators have other locations besides Phoenix? Can you share the name of the fabric store? I'd love to see if my niece knows about these two places. She used to sew a lot; don't know if she does anymore or not. They drive down to Phoenix often; their daughter is going to Confectionary/baker's school but I think that is in Scottsdale.

  34. I'm looking for a small lamp for the kitchen counter at night. The Stove light and a night light still doesn't seem like it's enough. It is for me but my DH seems to need more.