So what exactly is this event? Why, it’s a sale of fabric, patterns, yarn, notions, books and anything else you might imagine that could be sewn, knitted, crocheted or otherwise stuck with a needle. Our slogan? “You Never Know What You Will Find!”
The proceeds come from the door (where we charge $2 to get in); the vendors (who pay us 15% of what they sell, or a minimum of $25); and from selling donations of fabric, patterns etc. We give the proceeds to a local public school whose student population is largely from new Canadian families. Their families don’t have much extra money or time to devote to fundraising for the little extras (extracurricular activities, school outings, breakfast program, etc.) that the boards won’t pay for any more.
The vendors are a combination of:
- Sewists and knitters who have reached or are worried about reaching SABLE (that’s Stash Accumulation Beyond Life Expectancy for the uninitiated) and need to unload some (perhaps so they can buy more);
- Vintage textile specialists: who knows where they find what they sell – always fascinating! Last year, one vendor was selling feathers gleaned from the estate of a milliner;
- Notion specialists: one of our vendors sells extremely fancy dog leashes out of the most amazingly beautiful braids - she brings the braid itself to the Fabric Flea Market; another deals exclusively in vintage buttons;
- People who are selling donated stuff to raise money for their own charities: one vendor always brings a huge team to raise money for the Humane Society; we’ve also had people raising money for churches and an orchestra; and
- People who have cottage sewing or other businesses who are either selling off ends or closing up shop.
For anyone in Ottawa, come to the Glebe Community Centre for 10AM on Saturday October 16. It’ll be an intense four hours!
A picture (or several) tell the story best. Here’s a sampling from last year’s sale.