I had a comment from a UK fabric shop last night: M is for Make who said that one of the great things about ordering fabric in the UK is that it comes the next day. I went over to the blog and shop and had a look around and it started me thinking - what could our UK shops do to entice more of us to buy from them and I came up with a few thoughts. In the meantime, here is some Anna Maria Horner Little Folks which is available at M is for Make, just to tempt you with a pretty picture.
1. Free postage and packaging over (let's take the Amazon figure) £15.
2. Lots of different fabric bundles. I am not mad on buying individual fabrics as I can't see online whether they really work together. Whereas if a fabric shop owner has created some fun, different, creative bundles, sometimes all one line, sometimes mixing a line with some geometrics such as dots, stripes, gingham and some solids, I am sorely tempted. Especially if the bundle gives me a slightly reduced rate per fat qarter and especially if the P+P is free.
3. Weekly or Daily deal - perhaps a bundle, a charm pack, a jelly roll, a special on solids, a notion at an appealing price. A proper discount - not five percent. Missouri Star Quilt Co do this and, if they were over here, I'd be buying their Daily Deal almost every day. So quilters, what do you want a fabric shop to do for you and fabric shops, what are your thoughts?