Sunday, December 1, 2013

More surprises: Fabric Shopping at the National City Swap Meet in San Diego

Hope you had a great Thanksgiving!!   I'm thankful for all of you reading this blog and your comments and meeting up with you in real life!  It is such a gift to meet other seamsters.

Thank you  for your comments about my grand dash up to LA's fashion district and all the fabric shopping that ensued. If you haven't been, you definitely have to try it!

So that night I took the train back to San Diego.  Saturday morning, Elizabeth, her BFF from college, and I hit up the National City Swap Meet.  Dawn had written about the NCSM in this post on her blog.  She had bought almost 40 yards of fabric and 30 yards of trim for under $100.  I definitely wanted to check it out.  It's only open on Saturdays and Sundays, so I carefully planned the trip around that.

SD fabric shopping 11/23/13
Basically it's like a flea market that has fabric too. 50 cents admission at the door (well, fence) and you're on your way to perusing fabric--thanks for paying for me, Elizabeth! There were some notions there too. The fabric is spread out on tarps on the ground, for the most part, though some sellers have the fabric on rolls. I bought from two sellers, $1 and $2 a yard.
SD fabric shopping 11/23/13
Elizabeth with her new haircut and blue Archer

I found some $2 a yard turquoise ponte knit, brown ponte knit, and soft black and gray sweater knit. Also some textured polyester for making dresses and some loose weave sweater knit for shirts.

I had imagined it to be much larger than it actually was, but that was a good thing.  Also Elizabeth says the vendors don't always go every week.  You never know what you're going to get.

Then we were off to a French restaurant for a yummy brunch, the kind of place where hot chocolate is served in a bowl.  Yes!

Thanks Elizabeth for the fun morning!  It was fun to see you again, meet your BFF and experience some new fabric shopping.

That evening I had dinner with my friends Wolfgang and Michele.  Michele is a gourmet chef....more delicious food!!!

But first Wolfgang and I went to see the seals, and while the seals were not out in Children's Cove, the sunset in La Jolla was amazing.

La Jolla sunset 11/24/13

I flew back to NJ the following day and then....I started purging my fabric stash!    All about that tremendous effort in the next post!!!

All pix from LA and SD are here.

Be well!!


  1. Wow Kyle, now that all seemed very interesting! I think I would have temporarily lost my mind with all of that. Looks like you and Elizabeth had a great time.

  2. Oh man, that looks like fun! I love how other sewing bloggers are the only people in the universe that will understand that statement.

  3. So good to see you again! I enjoy our meet ups so much. Can't wait to see you next time. I'm stealing your picture of us for my post. :)

  4. I am glad you are having a great time, Kyle! What awesome prices for fabric! You are going to be able to sew a lot of amazing things.

  5. Both you and Elizabeth are beaming from your fabric haul. That means the city swap is a 5 star rating for sewers.
    Happy Thanksgiving to you too. You've done and achieved so much this year. All the best for the festive season.

  6. It is so much fun to follow your travels.


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