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The Fastest Moda Trip

At the start of this week we went on a road trip.  Cindy (mom), Tracy, Misty and myself piled in a Honda Pilot and set off towards Dallas.  We drove late Sunday night after the shop closed. We laughed more than humanly possible, ate yummy food, and arrived at the hotel without any limbs lost. There were moments when we were all too tired. By moments, I really mean 4 solid hours of laughter, yawns, and too many snacks. Shhh! If you ask me how much snack food I consumed in the car, I will not give a straight answer.

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Nevertheless, we made it to Dallas late Sunday night, just to wake up EARLY Monday morning to drive to the Moda Warehouse.  Hello sweet mother-load of fabric! The amount of fabric shoved into this warehouse is incredible!

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Customer’s quilt quilted with Sweet Shoppe.

Once we arrived at Moda, we grabbed our cart, and stormed off.  Okay we didn’t really storm; it was more like we all scattered, each going in a different direction.  I had control of the cart.  Someone had to monitor everything we were going to buy. 😉

 

 

This wasn’t our first rodeo, so we had learned the layout and what a trip to Moda Warehouse looked like. We knew we wanted the big cart and how they had the fabric organized.

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Customer’s quilt quilted with Broken Glass.

I wanted Grunge. I focused there and just started grabbing off the shelf. It looked unorganized, but I knew the colors we had (thanks to pictures on our phones) and I was trying to fill in colors we needed plus restock our low inventory. Everything else we looked at was for restock or something we had seen and had an interest in. Many aisles I avoided, skipped, and just couldn’t focus long enough to walk down.

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Moda Warehouse can be overwhelming. It is extremely tempting to grab one of each fabric and walk out with a Semi Truck FULL of fabric.  Remember, we only had a Honda Pilot to fill.  A Honda Pilot that also had four ladies and was making a trip to IKEA after Moda… Our space was limited.

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Customer’s quilt quilted with Gems.

We have added precuts, Grunge, Christmas and Halloween fabric. We also added patterns, notions, and much more! You will have to stop by the shop, or jump online to see what is new.

 

After Moda Warehouse we jumped in the car and drove off to IKEA.  We can’t ever make a trip to Dallas without a quick stop at IKEA.  Many of the shelves at the shop are from IKEA, along with quite a few repurposed items.  For example, a TV cabinet holds our Minky, “trash cans” are spotted throughout the shop full of fabric, large planters, tables, garden trellises, and floating shelves are also stuffed with fabric around the shop.  I love walking through IKEA trying to figure out new uses for different items.

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Customer’s quilt quilted with Ocean Froth.

After reorganizing our car to fit everything we found, we were off.  Take two seconds to imagine four ladies pulling too many bolts to count out of the car, just to fill it FULL… again!  I’m sure it was a sight to see… hopefully no one videoed that mess.

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We made it back safely, and the new fabric is out on the floor.  It was a quick 24 hour round trip, but worth every minute.

 

See you at the machine (with new fabric),

Care

 

 

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Oh My!

Four words: Oh my goodness gracious. 

Friday was amazing! Although it started off rough it quickly turned into one of the best days ever. I woke up bright and early to snow on the ground and ice on the roads, but we had planned a trip to start picking out our inventory, and we were determined.

Our first stop to build our inventory was Marshall Dry Goods Co Inc. 

Marshall Dry Goods Co, Inc. manufactures fabric domestically and overseas so we will be able to offer both.  The other nice thing about them is their location. They are located in Batesville, AR so we were able to go to their warehouse and gather a full understanding of their process. 

I even made sure to ask if I could share pictures with all of you, so you could jump in this adventure with us. 🙂
We arrived, met our representative, and started walking. As we walked through their warehouse we were told prices, bundle prices, about the process and so much more. There were giggles, bug eyes, and many overwhelming moments. I felt like a kid in a candy store after spending a year on a diet. 


I was easily overwhelmed! 
We loaded cart after cart, desperately working to stick to our budget since this was only our first stop. 

After our carts were loaded, business was done, and “thank yous” were said, we loaded our car. 

We pointed our car towards Oklahoma and crossed our fingers for better roads on the trip home. Thankfully at least one lane was clear most of the way home. The next morning we met at the shop, and started another work day. We unloaded the fabric, I worked on the inventory and POS system, new LED lights were installed, and we even started cutting fabric. This is actually happening, y’all! 

Today we are in Kentucky staying with my sisters and heading to another warehouse in Tennessee this morning. There will be more pictures coming soon. 

For now, I’ll be sitting in the passenger seat inputting inventory on multiple devices-anything to get us open soon! 

See you at the machine,

Care