arnold’s fabrics ‘n trim
March 13, 2008


12918 N.W. 7th Ave.
North Miami, FL 33168
+305 685 2666

Open hours: 10-5:45p tu-sat

makeOne of the first things I was trying to find when I hit town was a good fabric store. You know–one that has all the cool stuff that the vanilla shoppers at JoAnn’s were afraid of, so it got sold to the secondary market and is available to the über-creative. The one where all the Latin ladies shop when they are making their over-the-top confirmation dresses, like my old fav Sewfisticated in the slums of Cambridge, MA. Great stuff at killer prices. Well, this isn’t that exactly, but it’s the best source I’ve found for bulk fabric at rock bottom prices. Need to dress a poolside vista with yards and yards of billowy white fabric? Doing a little amateur dramatics and need cheap black fabric for set-dressing? Feeding a hundred, and want 50 yards of fuchsia organza for table cloths? Go see Arnold, and you can buy bolts and bolts for between $1.00 and $5.00 a yard. This isn’t the place for fancy sparkle, but on solids he can’t be beat, and he has some pretty good deals on fur. He also has some good looking upholstery and decorator fabrics for $10.00 a yard. This is definitely the place to go when you want to make a big statement with a small wallet.

January 29, 2008

buyThis is one of those companies that is so thoroughly original that they never could have existed before the web. Every little cell of their cute and witty business DNA is thoroughly New Economy. I mean imagine: a print-on-demand company that features a smorgasbord of hip design talent from around the world. Artists whose browsable and eminently well-coordinated art portfolios are available for customers to turn into a charming array of cool and reasonably priced items from mini (business) cards, to sticker books, to greeting cards and more. And you can have the same design, or 100 DIFFERENT designs on the back of every single piece of what you order. (That means a box of business cards where every one is different. Personal Trading Cards, anyone?) And you can upload your own artwork. And they have an easy-as-pie interface to customize your order. And they send very cheeky confirmations. And the goods arrive in your mailbox in 10 business days in very sweet packaging. And—they’re in London. I shit you not. The days of the personal calling card are back, people. Get yours today.