I had been on a futile search in Center City Philadelphia for pinking shears (don’t ask) — how many pairs of regular scissors does one art/craft store need? — and finally gave up. I know I could have gone to fabric row to find them, but that would have to wait for another time…when we weren’t smack in the middle of a heat wave.
But, during a visit to my family in Massachusetts, I found myself in close proximity to where the coolest old sewing and fabric store had been when I was a kid. Mind you, I hated going there as a kid because I was usually dragged by mom, but I always appreciated — respected, even — the place. So, when I was nearby this past week I wondered, “Is it still there? If it is, how much has it changed?” I was thrilled when I turned onto Power Square (in Greenfield, MA) to find The Textile Company. The name had changed — it was Eastern Textile when I was a kid — but the place sure looked the same from the outside.
When I stepped inside, probably 35 years after the last time I had crossed that threshold, I was thrilled to find that only the name had changed. Nothing had changed; it was chock full of every item you could ever want from needles and thread, to fat quarters, to organic cotton batting. It even smelled the same. And, as an adult, not only did I appreciate the place, I now liked it … although, who knows? Maybe I even secretly liked it as a kid…it’s certainly not like I sew any better now.