Being out of action for the past 8 weeks has meant that I haven't been able to go shopping. Not at a retail centre anyway, so that has only left an on-line option. There is huge debate here in Australia about how on-line shopping is destroying the retail shops. As I don't shop much on-line I haven't taken a lot of notice of it. But with the arrival of a few parcels my eyes have been opened.
For example I bought this selection of threads from Stef Francis in the UK. The postage was less than $5.00AU and I received 22 hanks of thread for less than $2.00 each. Yes they were on sale so it was a reduced price but I have NEVER seen anything like that here.
The fine perle thread is destined to be used in some blackwork designs I have in mind.
I also purchased some patchwork fabric. I try to support my local patchwork shops but I must say that when you are offered fabric at $4 -$10 a yard and no freight charges, it is difficult. Especially when the same fabric costs around $25 a metre in your local shop.
So why is there such a difference in price? I am not purchasing from 3rd world countries, although I suspect that the fabric and thread were produced in China. It has to be made up of on-costs of middle men and government charges. This, together with the great exchange rate at the moment, no wonder so many people are forsaking the shops.