I haven’t been in Dunelms for a couple of years. I used to go quite a lot with my youngest son who would drive me there and carry all the fabric I’d buy! :o)
Yesterday he asked me if wanted to go as we hadn’t been in a while as I’ve been buying most of my fabrics online. We went in to see what their selection was like and it wasn’t there anymore? They must have really cut back on selling fabric now. I always loved buying the clearance fabrics that used to have in the big bags. The fabric area has shrunk to almost nothing. The made to measure curtains they used to have on display are now gone. You can only choose from swatches, which is a real shame.
We had a look around but we didn’t see much, they seem to have moved more towards selling electricals. On the way out my son commented that a lot of people were coming out with 1 or 2 items. A few years back you’d see people coming out with bags. Perhaps the Internet has killed the market?There are lots of bargain fabrics online, most with free samples available so it’s fool proof and all from home.
There are lots of bargain fabrics online, most with free samples available so it’s fool proof and all from home.
I think the catalogue has got to be an easy second to the industrial revolution.
The catalogue is a large book, full of things for you buy, all in one place and without the need to leave the house. This was the way forward, window shopping in the comfort of your own home. Hours spent wishing and hoping your budget would cover this gorgeous dress and pair of shoes.
The stores soon realised people were quite happy to choose items from a photograph and so, Argos and Index took advantage of this fact and opened store across the country. In theory, the idea of going to a shop, not seeing the item you’re buying other than from a tiny photograph in a catalogue in a corner all sounds fairly laughable, but the concept actually worked really well in practice.
The success of it mainly came down to the ability to buy pretty much anything you wanted, all under one roof. Brilliant at Christmas (although a nightmare as everyone else has the same idea!).
As the items are all stored in the warehouse to the rear, the storefront itself can be quite small. Occasionally of course you’d get the size of the item completely wrong and only realised this when the staff brought this rather small package to the collection desk. “That can’t be mine surely?”
The other downside to all this were the long queues and let’s not forget the store not having the item you want in stock, but not to worry, the one 20 miles away does!
Now we’ve taken a massive step forward with online shopping, going back to catalogue shopping from the comfort of your own home. What’s even better is the amount of information online that’s available to help you choose what you want. Detailed reviews and even videos showcasing many of the items you can buy online, not just from this country but from abroad too.
Just put in Google your requirements and hey presto, the world is your oyster.