(Those guys are carrying a lot of fabric on their shoulders!)
Shop Name: Remnant Kings
Address: 146 Argyle Street, 1st Floor (above House of Fraser), Glasgow. G2 8BL (on Google maps here)
Do they sell online? Yes some lines are available
Very central, it's on the first floor above Frasers department store, accessible from entrances on Argyle Street and Buchanan Street. There is a lift at the Argyle Street entrance but there are a couple of steps up from the street. It's a few minutes walk from Central Station and St Enoch underground station.
What's the Shop like?
The location of the shop has always been attractive. Located in the middle of a shopping area it is perfectly placed for you to pop in for a few bits and pieces when in town. The quality of the stock has improved vastly in recent years. It went through a lull a couple of years ago, when it was full of uninspiring fabric and sold a lot of gift items and knick knacks. Now, it has really raised its game and sells an interesting range of fabrics plus items for other related crafts. They sell some fancy dress items, with the range increasing around Hallowe'en, understandable as it's their busiest time of year.
Upholstery and curtain fabrics are sold at their nearby Fabric Superstore venue at the river in Tradeston so there is more room for fabrics in this store. The Fabric Superstore also carries a range of dressmaking fabrics and haberdashery items - it is a reduced selection compared to the Argyle Street store but it handy to know about in case you don't want to go into town as you can park outside the Fabric Superstore.
The shop looks attractive with several mannequin displays. I visited in the period running up to Hallowe'en when they had a few costumes on display which were very impressive. Although it is pretty full of stock, the shop still feels bright and airy.
Wool and patterns section
What can I buy there?
Dressmaking and craft fabric, a large range of Hemline brand haberdashery, a good range of buttons and ribbon and all the big name paper patterns. They have a good selection of fabric and accessories for quilters and people who make bags and hats - I think all fabric crafts are covered and they are a great go-to place for the basics. I can't comment in any detail on their quilting range as this isn't my area of knowledge, only to say that they seem to be carrying an increased range of lines.
They sell wool and knitting needles and accessories (Pony brand) but these are predominantly aimed at the baby knitting market plus some novelty yarns. They have some wool blend yarns but nothing for the yarn purists out there who demand natural fibres.
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Their zips are among the cheapest you'll find and they have a strong fabric range from £2.99/m polycottons to £35/m Barbour waxed cotton. The blue/green section below included linen, devore, cottons, polycottons, velvet and jersey.
Wools for Winter
Please Sir, can I have some more remnants?Sum it up
It's a handy location, they have a good selection of stock nicely displayed and it's well worth a visit if you haven't been for a while. They have a bit of everything and cater for a range of markets from the fancy dress buyer to quilter to dressmaker, with a tempting fabric selection for dressmakers. Price wise, it's decent and they do carry some higher end fabrics if that's your bag.
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