Sunday, July 10, 2016
Truly Overwhelming - Rader's Fabrics in Danville, Indiana.
Most of you know me from this website and my appearances on television and radio. You know I love to travel and try things and that I've dined my way on pie across the state of Arkansas. You know I love hats and shirts with handkerchief sleeves, and I'm a take-charge kind of girl.
SCA. And let me tell you what, when I want to dress up like a Mughal grandmother, I can't exactly get those sort of clothes off the rack. No, I'm lucky because Grav is an excellent seamster (sewing dude? however you put that) and he makes some incredible outfits for me.
But first, you have to have fabric.
Which is only part of the reason I ended up walking into Rader's Fabrics on a Monday morning. I'd heard about the place here and there, seen a write-up for it on Little Indiana, and when I mentioned it to Tracie at Marmalade Sky Bed and Breakfast, she pointed out that it was right down the street and I could just walk.
I parked on the Danville
It was completely packed with rolls of fabric.
No, not partially, completely, top to bottom. This... hm. I suppose this boded well.
Before I continue, I should mention that I'm the sort of gal who loved old bookstores stacked to the rafters, antique malls and flea markets packed to the gills and anywhere where I'm on a bit of a scavenger hunt to find remarkable and interesting things. You could say searching for things is my modus operandi.
That's probably why the adrenaline hit the moment I opened the door at Rader's Fabrics. I had hit the motherlode.
"We get a lot of those folks in here," Tina told me. "And we can find almost anything? What are you looking for?"
I couldn't answer for a moment. I really didn't know what I was looking for, but I'd know when I found it.
"I like silks. And linens. And really cool tapestry. And... actually, I like everything."
I checked the time (I had an appointment) and got to searching. Which, in
While I dug through, I heard Tina welcome another customer. This lady came in with a description of something
I could have spent all day in there. I suspect if I lived in Danville or close by I'd spend a lot of time there. I haven't been in a store that's even come close since the old Hancock's on University closed, and that was a bigger store with less than half what Rader's has.
Facebook page for the store, and sometimes it has specials.