I live at the east end of Long Island. It takes me more than 2 hours to get to Penn Station, so I don’t get into New York City more than once a month. This weekend, however, my mother-in-law was visiting from Toronto and we decided to make the trek. Saturday was a beautiful fall day. Best of all, my husband came along to carry our purchases.
The fabric district is located on 38th and 39th street between 7th and 8th Ave. You can also explore the ribbon stores (39th Street between 5th and 6th Avenues) , and the bead stores (6th Avenue from 36th to 39th Street). All the stores we went into accepted wholesale and retail customers. (Note: if you pay cash they generally will not charge you sales tax.) Fabric stores tend to be crammed and somewhat junky looking … but the fabrics are amazing. You’ll find a huge selection, knowledgeable staff (sometimes attentive, sometimes on their cell phones), and they are often willing to bargain. One vendor told us that we were welcome to come in and just feel the fabric.
My daughter purchased some chiffon fabric (great deal at $5.00 per yard), as well as spandex — both for costumes. She also got some cool feathers. Since none of these stores held quilt fabric, I couldn’t justify many purchases. You can see my daughter’s purchases at http://doxiequeen1.wordpress.com/author/doxiequeen1/
I’d like to recommend some specific shops, but they all blurred after we’d been in at least 15 of them. My favorite trim store is B&J Trimmings, located at 1008 6th Avenue (between 37th and 38th Street).