Address: 171-177 London Road, Glasgow, G1 5BX (See Google Maps Here)
Do they sell online? Not currently
Easy to get to?
It's a 15 minute walk from St Enoch Underground Station and near the Barras (Barrowland Market)
Liberty & tartanWhat's the Shop like?
It absolutely lives up to its name as it has a real bazaar feel. It has a diverse (random) selection of fabrics (wetsuit material, anyone?) but is amazingly cheap. There are some regular lines, like fluoro polycottons and sequin fabrics (and,er, glitter wallpaper) but fabric wise, of most interest to dressmakers are the different and changing deals on offer. The owners buy tens of thousands of metres of fabrics to get good deals, from curtain lining fabrics to cotton drills. Although it seems like there is a lot of poly-based fabric they have recently had offers like £5/m for wool and £6.99/m for Irish linen. When I visited they had Liberty poplin for £9/m
Central section of assorted fabrics - dig in for some interesting discoveries
£1.99/m lining fabricWhat can I buy there?
Fabric (dressmaking and upholstery) and haberdashery. It is loved by college students, am dram groups and re-enactors but they also sell to alterations shops and smaller retailers across Scotland.
Overlocker thread from £2 per cone
Coat buttons at 20p eachWhat's the best thing to buy there?
The haberdashery section is where it's at. Overlocker thread from £2 a cone. Yes please. Zips at 10 for £1 with larger ones at 50p each, buttons from 5p each including lovely coat buttons for 20p each. Also interfacing from £1/m and lining fabric for £1.99/m. Their thread is cheap at 60p a spool, if you're not fussy about brands. There is a bit of deadstock feel as they buy job lots of things from places that aren't the same suppliers that other fabric shops use, hence the great deals. Fabric wise, there will probably be something good but you have to dig/ask, the labelling of rolls isn't great. Apart from the Liberty fabric I did see some nice cord and they have good value denim, although it had all been snapped up by the time I got there.
Selecton of Coats Thread
I didn't even know that pre-wound bobbins were a thingSum it up
The owner told me that they decided that they can't please everyone and true enough, if you are used to well organised fabric shops with your usual sections of cottons, wool etc, you probably won't like it. However if you like good deals and the excitement of finding something random and good value, this shop is definitely for you.
This is one of a series of reviews of fabric and wool shops in Glasgow. See more here. All posts are independent and represent my own opinions.