A Quick Report on Our Social Fabric Sale

I stopped by the Our Social Fabric sale on Saturday and thought I’d do a quick report on what it was like! If you missed last week’s post and giveaway, Our Social Fabric is an organization that collects unwanted fabric from the movies and local design companies. Each month they open their doors and host a big sale!

Finding the place

The flyer says at the corner of Commercial and Powell. Once you get to the corner, continue heading west on Powell. It’s on the north side of the street (the right side if you’re driving) and you’ll see a sign out front.


Lots of free, one-hour parking! Parking was no problem, I parked a block away but could have parked much closer.


Fabric was either in boxes on the floor or on rolls. You could fill your bag with the box fabric, fabric on the rolls was $2/metre. (Excellent pricing!) The bags you get are nice and big. Bigger than a paper grocery bag I’d say!

A wide variety of everything from scraps to technical knits. I recognize some of the knits as really high-end technical fabrics, ones that would cost close to $30-$50 per metre if you were to buy them regularly. From what you guys said in the comments, I’d guess that the fabric selection changes at every sale. When I was there, the fabric on rolls was more interesting than the fabric in the bins, but that may be just because the best stuff was snagged by then!

I’d probably say by the speed that fabric was flying out the door, you want to be there right at opening. (I rolled in around 12:30, well after the sale had started.) Especially if you’re making the trip in from somewhere far. Go with free hands (no handbags that require your hands) so you can rummage through the bins easily. This is the kind of sale where you go with no particular project in mind, just an open mind to the possibilities of what you might find.

Did you go this weekend? What kind of fabrics did you find?

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15 Responses to A Quick Report on Our Social Fabric Sale

  1. Kelli September 25, 2012 at 7:51 am #

    oh…. I wish I could have gone. I don’t live near by right now and tried to convince my mother, but she had other plans. Maybe next time I will be able to send her shoping for me.

    • Tasia September 25, 2012 at 9:48 am #

      Next time maybe! I believe they have a sale every month, and there’s an email list you can sign up for to be notified when the next sale is happening.

  2. Miranda September 25, 2012 at 9:01 pm #

    I’ve been to the OSL fabric sale a few times and LOVE it. I’ve gotten so many different wonderful, kitschy prints and high end knits. It helped me exponentially increase my fabric stash (I had to donate a few totes worth of really nice suiting I got from a relative who did tailor work when I moved across the continent :( ) for very cheap.

    • Miranda September 25, 2012 at 9:27 pm #

      I dont know where OSL came from, honestly. hahah I meant OSF? Weird.

  3. Miranda September 25, 2012 at 9:02 pm #

    And yeah, I HIGHLY recommend getting there right when it opens. That’s what I’ve done and I’ve managed to snag some great stuff.

  4. Deborah September 25, 2012 at 9:48 pm #

    I already have the date in my phone for October. I decided not to go this time as… I’m afraid of turning into a fabric hoarder. I still have 10 yards of cotton voile (multiple cambies and a couple of tunics) that are on my dining room table. I am making Minorus for my sister and niece for Christmas and am looking for technical fabric – sigh….

  5. TriMama September 26, 2012 at 8:53 am #

    I really hope I’ll be able to get over to the mainland for the next sale. Is a date already set for October?

  6. Mary September 26, 2012 at 9:40 pm #

    Tasia, the charity that I work with Days for Girls, makes washable feminine hygiene and uses a lot of PUL. Was there any there? Would this be a good resource for that?

    • Tasia September 27, 2012 at 11:44 am #

      I’m not sure – I think that the fabric selection is always going to be pretty random, since it’s based on donations from the movies and manufacturing! Plus, a lot of the fabric isn’t labelled. You might get lucky, but it’s a bit of a drive to make if not!

  7. Rania September 28, 2012 at 1:33 am #

    I couldn’t make it unfortunately, since I live faraway… Though I will make it someday… It looks like the heaven for seamstress …

  8. robin lewis February 13, 2013 at 7:56 am #

    Awesome!! Thank you so much for the tip! I live on north Vancouver island and am limited to fabric land!(not that I don’t l.o.v.e fabric land) but can’t wait for my next trip to the city for fabrics!! Can you recommend any other good stores for fabric?(also PS sorry if this info is listed somewhere else on your site today is the first time I’ve found it :))

  9. Anne June 10, 2014 at 9:59 am #

    Is there anything coming up again, Tasia? Thanks!

    • Tasia June 10, 2014 at 10:06 am #

      Yes – this weekend! Saturday, June 14.