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I was stunned when I got my mail today and I had an invitation from Nordic  
Needle for a closing sale.  They sent out invitations to loyal patron for a  
week of shopping before notifying the general public about their closing  
They will be closing their doors forever after 42 years.  What a loss.  We  
have the general craft stores like Michaels, Hobby Lobby and JoAnne's but  
Nordic Needle was our only actual needlework store for quite a area around  
us.  I don't know if there are any others closer than the Minneapolis area.  
I guess the young people of today just don't stitch or do needlework.  How  
sad is that.  I will sure miss them.
Sharon in MN  


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I somehow dropped off their paper mailing list some time ago.  It's an
arduous, boring ride up there from Minneapolis, but I did it often in my
single 20's days.  I may have to plan a final road trip in the near future.
:-(

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The invitation only sale is from September 28th-October thru October 4th.  
It will then go in the paper and anyone is invited.
Sharon in MN

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Thanks!

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On 9/25/2017 11:53 PM, jinx the minx wrote:
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Arliss & I will be there when the door opens tomorrow morning at 10.  It  
says we can bring a friend, so I can bring 2, if you want to meet us  
there! :)

The letter actually said "local" customers and it looks, AFAICT, that  
it's a radius of less than 200 miles.  Sharon, how far away are you?

Hey!  I have my @ badge...I'll wear that so I'll be recognizable! :)


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Dagnabit!  I'm 253 miles away!  If I had seen your invite before 10:15pm
tonight I would have made arrangements to hightail it up there!

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I am about 3 miles away.  I live in Moorhead, MN across the bridge from  
Fargo.
Sharon in MN

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Did you get over there?  I was on the road out of Bismarck at 6 a.m.  Joan  
and I (and her co-worker) met in the parking lot of a Now-closed restaurant
 a block away and walked over to Nordic Needle. Shopping was not fun - a ha
lf hour in line to have fabric cut, then trying to find some things that ma
y or may not have been there. Finally, at least 45 minutes in the checkout  
line.  

After we met back at our cars in the parking lot, we had a nice lunch at Ol
ive Garden. It's where Joan and I usually go.  

There are some excellent stores elsewhere that have great online shopping.  
One of my favorites is Needle in a Haystack in Alameda, CA. But I do spread
 my "wealth" around.  

Arliss, in Bismarck

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Ah!  I'm going to be in Alameda next weekend, so I might have to check that
shop out!  Thanks for the hot tip!

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I work in Alameda about 10 minutes from NIAH.  The shop is very small and crowded now that they've downsized again. I only go if I want something specific and need it immediately.  

I frequently go to Madonna Needleworks down in Morgan Hill.

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But they have an excellent online catalog. Honestly, they usually don't hav
e something in stock when I place an order, but they do place their order q
uickly, and they always let me know they've had t special order and give me
 a timeframe as to how long it might be before they get it. I've had wonder
ful service.

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Needlestack.com

Go drool over the online catalog.  

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I didn't go because I just didn't want to fight the crowds and I don't  
really need anything right now.  I wonder if they intend to have the online  
store or if they will close that too.  I had found that they were not doing  
as well service wise when it came to something that they had to order for  
you.  It seemed like it took forever to get and sometimes they even forgot  
to order it.  I had several bad experiences like that.  One took over two  
months for me to get.  Hope you guys got some good specials and had a good  
lunch.  I love Olive Garden.
Sharon in MN

Did you get over there?  I was on the road out of Bismarck at 6 a.m.  Joan  
and I (and her co-worker) met in the parking lot of a Now-closed restaurant  
a block away and walked over to Nordic Needle. Shopping was not fun - a half  
hour in line to have fabric cut, then trying to find some things that may or  
may not have been there. Finally, at least 45 minutes in the checkout line.

After we met back at our cars in the parking lot, we had a nice lunch at  
Olive Garden. It's where Joan and I usually go.

There are some excellent stores elsewhere that have great online shopping.  
One of my favorites is Needle in a Haystack in Alameda, CA. But I do spread  
my "wealth" around.

Arliss, in Bismarck  


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Well, it was a madhouse, and I'm not fond of crowds, so I was happy to get out. Joan went back after lunch, but I decided to hit the road for the 3 hour trip home.  

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Were the prices really marked down a lot or was it just one of those "looks  
like a sale".  I have so much fabric I wouldn't be able to use it all it 3  
lifetimes.  I don't need anymore kits or charts so that was out.  I might  
need some needles but was not going to make a trip over there just for  
something like that.
Sharon in MN

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On 10/1/2017 8:00 AM, sharoncapps wrote:
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Most everything was 20% off...not a *great* sale, but it still saved me  
some money.

When I got back, I got my weekly email from PatternsOnline.com.  A TW  
pattern, "Miniature Spring Sampler" just jumped into my cart and had  
flown to Paypal before I could stop it! LOL  So then I needed supplies  
for that!  DH & I were already planning a trip through Fargo to look at  
some campers, so I convinced him to stop there "since they were closing  
and it would be my last time, <sob!>" (of course, he didn't know I went  
on Thursday, bwahaha!).

They had some different incentives for each day and on Saturday it was  
"say 'Nordic Needle' 10 times fast" and they doubled the amount you  
spent that day for points.  They had some pretty nice prizes...1st place  
was an embroidery sewing machine and another prize was that nice wooden  
DMC storage box (which I wouldn't mind winning because it matches the  
stitching cabinet my dad made for me).  I spent a total of about $290  
over my 3 trips there but I don't know where that puts me in the  
running.  I *should* be set for supplies for the rest of my life. Until  
that next pattern I just *have* to have comes along, that is! LOL

Here's a link to their announcement in today's Fargo Forum:
http://www.inforum.com/business/4335993-fargos-nordic-needle-store-close-fall

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On 9/30/2017 9:22 PM, Arliss Link wrote:
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It was *much* quieter on Saturday...only about 6-8 people in there shopping.


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On 9/30/2017 3:18 PM, sharoncapps wrote:
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 From what I understand is they're going to try keep the online business  
going.  They will know more by around November what they're going to do  
with the site.

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Y'know, I've never found their in-store service to be great.  The best  
service I had was about 8 years ago when they had a girl about 19  
working there.  The older workers seemed like they didn't have the time  
of day for you.  And it wasn't just me.  Talking to a woman while  
standing in line, she was saying she was going to try some hardanger  
pattern.  She was a beginner and the "help" told her it was too hard for  
her and she should start with something much easier"!!!  That really  
turned her off.  I agreed and said they could have told her "we have  
some great tutorials on our site and if you need help, stop in on our  
stitchy nights and we'd be glad to help" sort of statement.

Their people on the phones have always been a *great* help, though!


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On Monday, September 25, 2017 at 2:58:09 PM UTC-5, sharoncapps wrote:
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Another one bites the dust. Breaks my heart. :(

I will say I had a lot of problems ordering from the Nordic Needle online..
.things were back ordered MANY months, them "losing" a returned package (wh
en the tracking said it was delivered), and some not-so-great customer serv
ice. Nonetheless I hate to see a needlework shop close...they're just too r
are these days.

I really, really dislike online shopping for stitching supplies, but it loo
ks like that's the only way we'll be able to get anything in a few years.
  

I'm 44 and all of my friends think stitching is an "old lady hobby." Hey, I
 started stitching when I was 10! In our county fair they've done away with
 the needlework category entirely because no one enters anymore. I'm going  
to see if I can't get the category reopened next year though, and submit so
me of my stuff...not to win ribbons, but to show people stitching is NOT an
 old lady art. Especially with all the cool patterns and hand-dyed fabrics/
threads these days. Or maybe I'm just a dreamer.

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On 9/27/2017 11:15 AM, Violet Stitches wrote:
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Yeah, ours has really gone downhill, too. :(  With a 1st prize of $3,  
though, it's not much of an incentive when it costs $5 to get into the fair!

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Speaking of cool patterns, one of the ones I picked up on Thursday was a  
set of the fractal bookmarks.  I've drooled over those fractals since  
they first came out!



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