Meet the Sponsors: Fabric Supplies

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Charlie and Lindsay Prezzano, “Two Love Birds who Love Fabric.”

Next up in our Meet the Sponsors series is Fabric Supplies, an Etsy shop run by the husband-and-wife team of Charlie and Lindsay Prezzano. They specialize in contemporary quilting-weight cottons from all of today’s favorite modern designers, at a discount. As you will see, they are definitely a home-based operation — I’m amazed at how neat and uncluttered everything looks considering they are up to their ears in fabric bolts (not to mention they have two young children)! Lindsay answered my questions and shared the glimpse inside their home.

Fabric Supplies is giving away two sets of four fat quarters of Art Gallery Fabrics‘ new collection, Revive, to two readers. Just take a look over at the shop, then come back over here and leave a comment mentioning the designer or collection you were most pleased to see, and/or fabric(s) you would like to see them carrying. Comments will close next Monday, March 30, around noon central U.S. time, and they will choose the winners shortly thereafter.

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The giveaway fabrics: Revive from Art Gallery Fabrics

Where do you live? What is the textile/crafty scene like there?

Charlie and I Live in Albany, NY. This little city definitely has a funky feel, but the availability of crafting supplies is limited to the standard chain stores. That was in fact the impetus that inspired us to open our own shop.

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Behind the scenes — wall to wall fabric! And this is just a small portion of their inventory.

How and when did you start selling fabric?

We are thrilled to have just celebrated our one year anniversary for being in business. If we ever get a sitter for our toddlers, perhaps we’ll truly be able to celebrate with a night out! We opened our shop with just a handful of prints, and with the incredible support of our customers, we have been able to grow to over 700 prints currently in stock.

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Lindsay Prezzano with Amy Butler at Fall Quilt Market 2008: Lindsay added “she’s as much a giant in real life as she is in the fabric world!”

What surprised you most about the business?

We continue to be surprised by the strengths each of us brings to our work. While we have known one another since elementary school, it’s so refreshing for us to talk over creative ideas for the shop, and see various aspects of our personalities and capabilities emerge. As a husband-and-wife team, we have an interesting dynamic for running a business that we feel we’re able to make work in our favor.

Is this your full time job? If not, what do you moonlight as?

Charlie has a day job, but I am home with the shop and our two little ones full time.

How would you characterize your shop?

Fresh. We spend many a late night scouring the web for new fabric to carry in the shop, often from little known designers and manufacturers.

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Apples in aqua, from the Metro Market collection by Monaluna for Robert Kaufman

What are your hot sellers right now?

We just got in the soothingly soft Revive Line, another great from Patricia Bravo for Art Gallery Fabrics. Also warmly received have been Anna Griffin’s two new lines, Riley and Darcey, Kitty Yoshida’s City Bloom, and Jennifer Moore’s, aka Monaluna, three great current lines, Metro Market, About Town, and Mingle.

Are you online only, or do you have a brick & mortar shop? If you don’t have one, are you planning to open one?

We sell exclusively online at present, but we never know what may be in store for us.

Do you run the shop alone or do you have help?

Charlie and I have run the shop ourselves, but we will soon open our doors to ensure that our customers receive the speedy customer service they have come to depend on.

How do you deal with the challenges of the current economy, and increasing competition on the online fabric retail market?

With the economy, I do sometimes feel like I’m rolling the dice when placing my fabric orders. We remain hopeful for that change of pace, and continue to move full steam ahead. In regards to competition, we truly see it as a great aspect of running a shop. Competition drives business. It makes us all strive to be better, which inherently makes for exciting options for customers in the fabric market.

What are the (other!) biggest challenges — and biggest rewards — of being a fabric merchant?

Inventory is always a challenge, and can make or break a shop. Furthermore, it’s always time to shop for fabric somewhere in the world! Having a 24 hr online business can be a challenge, and we’re still working on finding that balance between work and play.

What’s your personal stash like?

It’s full of those now out of print fabrics that I could not bear to sell, stashed away for a rainy day.

Who are your favorite designers, from the past and/or from the present?

That’s a tough one. I’m in awe of Anna Maria Horner’s use of color, Patricia Bravo’s thoughtfully intricate designs, and Anna Griffin’s incredible versatility.

93 Comments

  1. Lyn says:

    Anna Maria Horner has always been my all time favourite, and Keri Bayer is fast becoming a favourite! Japanese imports are always good to see =)

  2. I am totally digging the My folklore and the Echino lines….I also really like the winking owl japanese import…I will likely be back to buy some of that stuff!
    Love your shop and hope to meet you at Market!

  3. Sheri says:

    LOVE YOUR COLLECTIONS FABRICS, YOUR STORE IT’S SO CLEAN AND NEAT!! My Gosh when do you sleep! Your variety is Wonderful. I like how the photo’s of your Fabric show the details so clear! Congrats on your Year! Look at your shop it’s Organizated too. I Love Art Gallery Fabric’s so many are my favorite but I have to say the FRENCH RIVERA in teal makes me want to be there, along with Botanica, and Feelings Collection. My all time favorite is anything Anna Griffin!!! I to say I haven’t had the pleasure of purchasing YET however I will fix that this weekend. It seems to me that the two of you have what it takes to make it. . You will see me as a customer.

  4. Paula says:

    I love the Revive collection, it’s gorgeous!
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  5. Ellen Ban says:

    What great fabric and prices! The Kokka Scandinavian is the one that is cllaing my name as well as the Prints Charming…and…..!

  6. Mary says:

    I love all of the fabrics and can’t wait to start snatching some up. I was especially pleased to see the Studio e fabrics. I wasn’t familiar with this line but many of the prints appeal to me. Thanks!

  7. I love the selection they carry and they are one of the favorite fabric sites I visit often. Great service and awesome collections.

  8. Shelley C says:

    I was glad to see a few Japanese imports (the winking owls)! Everytime I see japanese fabrics I NEED them! Glad they sell bundles too since coordinating fabric dosn’t come easily for me.

  9. Becky G. says:

    Hmmm, I’m an equal opportunity fabric lover with a stash of feed sacks from our own chicken house between 1950 and 1958 – so I just love seeing any vintage inspired fabrics!

    Great sounding sweet couple, enjoyed the interview!

  10. Natalie says:

    I am Loving Keri Beyers fabrics…so beautiful. My goodness you have a wonderful selection! I am simply in love with fabric! All of it(them)? hahaha :) I loved reading the interview, what a great couple. I love it when married people actually like each other! I also enjoyed the pic of your house! That looks like heaven to me! Thanks!

  11. Julie L. says:

    The Belle Epoque prints are so wonderful and eclectic!

  12. Renee says:

    I’m loving all the apple prints and anything with fruit on it. I don’t know a lot about designers and stuff, but I’m loving those prints!

  13. Martina says:

    I really love the fabrics of Anna Maria Horner. But there are so many other great fabrics in your shop. Really just grat.

  14. I love this shop. I frequent it often. My favorite is the amy butler morning glory in linen with her cherry full moon dot. I have my own purse made with this combo.

  15. Joanna says:

    What a fantastic interview! And your living/working space…WOW! I could live there for sure :) !!

    OK the giveaway question…I am in love with the Good Folks line from Anna Maria Horner and am so pleased to see you have it in stock. I need to explore some more and see what goodies you have :)

  16. Carrie says:

    Wow- Amazing collection of fabrics. Many are new designers I’ve never seen. I’m not too hot on the fabric scene though there are so many that I love. Anna Griffin was new to me and Gorgeous!!! Thanks for creating a great store for not only inspiration but, great fabric for creating!

  17. nalani says:

    For the love of fabric! What a dizzying collection of joy and pure fun. And, their space is so organizeed, I am shamed.

    I saw so much pretty. the Patricia Bravo Alhambra Collection is fabulous: Moroccan Tiles in Earth and Floral Field in Earth.

    It’s all Heaven on Earth.

  18. Jessica says:

    I’m glad to see they have Joel Dewberry’s Damask prints. I LOOVEEE damask and cannot get enough.

  19. Thanks so much for this great interview. I have bought from these folks several times and they’re wonderful to deal with. I love knowing more about them and whom I’m supporting. I will definitely be buying more. Really, it’s just so kind of you to spread the word about an etsy shop. Take care!

  20. Jen says:

    I’m thrilled to see Art Gallery prints in their shop – having just found and fallen in love with the prints. I also enjoyed seeing Kokka prints in stock – and for a great price!

  21. Jocelyn says:

    I saw this interview when it came out on Tuesday. They are such a sweet couple. Glad to know they are around. I LOVE Amy Butler’s Daisy Chain in ROSE :-)

  22. angel says:

    Love, love, love Heather Bailey and Anna Maria Horner. What a great interview and store!

  23. Jessica says:

    I love the Prints Charming fabrics and Heather Baily’s prints.

  24. Anna R says:

    I love the Amy Butler Dandelion fabric.

  25. My new favorite Echino by Etsuko Furuya, Animal Damask in Duck Egg. What a great interview! Charlie and Lindsey are amazing to work with!

  26. I love the Holly Anderson Songbird fabrics. I’m trying to come up with a project to use them on! The giveaway fabrics are super cute too – I hadn’t seen those before!

    Charlie and Lindsay are amazing to work with. They are my first choice for ordering fabric from Etsy, because I know the package will arrive 2 days later and their prices are great. This interview was great – it’s fun to see who you are ordering from. :)

    And…. can you come and organize my sewing room? Your space looks so neat and organized!

  27. Bammom says:

    Gorgeous fabrics! I love the idea of a husband and wife shop. Sort of an e-version of the old mom and pop store. I wish them every success.

  28. I am a repeat customer of Fabricsupplies, LOVE THEM! I am really excited about Kitty Yoshida’s prints, I just sold a handbag today with her fabric. I am also dying to get my hands on the new line from Erin McMorris as soon as it comes out.

  29. Kristena says:

    I’d love to see Ginger Blossom by Sandi Henderson for Michael Miller. :)

  30. Lili says:

    I really love the Fabrics of Patricia Bravo. My favourites, the Botanical Garden in Porcelain and the Large Floral in Lime.But I love too the fabrics of Patty Young with her Andalucia line.
    There are plenty of choices in this shop !!

  31. Wonderful interview, so nice to read more about the young couple running at home business. Congradulations!

    I am really into anything from Amy butler but Anna Griffin Riley Collection caught my eye also…

  32. Miss Behave says:

    Thanks so much for posting this! I ordered quite some stuff fom fabric supplies and it’s nice to see the faces behind the fabrics and the emails! Charly and Lindsay if you read this: thanks for everything, you’re one of my favorite Etsy sellers!

  33. I love shopping in their shop – and it’s so fun to read about them! The Al Fresco collection has caught my eye today :) Thanks for the interview!

  34. Jana says:

    I love Lindsay and Charlie’s store! What a find and I enjoyed this interview! I’d like to see Joel Dewberry’s new line and my current favorites are Anna Griffin’s Darcey and AMH.

  35. Angela says:

    I’ve shopped at their store a number of times now and I’m always so pleased with my purchases. I particularly like getting the Scrap Packs. They always come with so many different wonderful fabrics. I’ve ordered them in all three color ways now. But I’m itching to order more… :)

  36. Stine says:

    I have been admiring this store for a while on Etsy. I even have it saved as a favorite…but have yet to make the jump to buy fabric through Etsy yet. After reading all the positive comments here from customers, I think I’ll be buying soon. I hope you’ll be carrying “Wildwood” by Erin McMorris.

  37. Melissa says:

    I love Fabric Supplies because they were one of the first to heart my etsy shop! I love that they carry the Timeless Treasures Taxi Collection. All that yellow and black; I just love it!

  38. Cecilia says:

    I’ve just found this shop and I love the fabrics they carry. All the colors! I especially like Michael Miller.

  39. Carrie F says:

    I have never seen the Zu Zu’s petals fabrics before–they are beautiful! And I am super impressed by the organization of their space as well.

  40. Great interview! I too am about to celebrate my year anniversary on Etsy and have enjoyed phenomenal success, in part, because of the stellar service Charlie and Lindsay provide. I love the fact that my customers can select from the hundreds of fabrics they offer and the peace of mind that I’ll have the fabric in hand within days. I especially appreciate their vast selection of Amy Butler fabric.

  41. Stephanie says:

    Prints Charming and My Folklore get my votes! Congrats to Lindsay and Charlie on living the dream–my dream, anyway. What a great way to make a living. I wish you many years of continued success and look forward to ordering from you. Thanks, True Up, for introducing me to their business.

  42. Tricia says:

    I love all your Amy Butler fabrics. In fact I made some beatiful bags from them that I just love! I have bought from you a few times (under MonkeySea) and love how fast, honest, and easy you are to deal with! Looking forward to buying from you again and again!!

  43. shortboots says:

    I really like the Tina Givens fabrics. But it is hard to choose just one line that I love — this shop carries SO many of my favorites.