Tuesday, February 12, 2013

A run for the border!

Last weekend Big G had a hockey tournament in Fargo, ND.  So, we packed up the van and headed south of the 49th parallel to have some fun.  Now, Fargo is not known to be a metropolis or anything, but it is a pleasant little town, very friendly to its neighbors from the North, and they have Target.....life is good.

Another bonus of a drive to the USA?  There is a little border town called Pembina, which basically consists of a gas station, duty free booze store, cafe, and a handful of parcel depots where Canadians like me can have a variety of items shipped and stored, for a small fee, until we can pick them up and cart them back north with us.  Considering the crazy increases in postal costs recently, it just makes sense to take advantage of the cheaper, and often free, shipping opportunities within the US!

Oh, and I really took advantage!  Thanks in large part to a bunch of post-Christmas sales (including $3.50 yards over here, still some there!), I ended up with several boxes of fabric, and don't forget some yarn! The question isn't "what did I buy?" but more like "what DIDN'T I buy??"


So many pretty things......stacks taller than your average schnauzer, in fact !  Does that mean I have a problem??

19 comments:

Samantha said...

No problem...just think of all the money you saved having this shipped within the US! :)

Little Island Quilting said...

I LOVE your problem!
The postal prices to Europe now are shocking - nigh on $25 for the regular envelope with 9/10 yards of fabrics in it. The only place I'm looking at now is Fabric Shack as they are still offering $12 postage to Europe.

Carla said...

Holy smokes! You did very well. Nope not a problem the rest of us don't have ; )

Tiara said...

no problem that I see at least ;)

Svetlana said...

wow!!!! what a gorgeous addition to your stash! GORGEOUS!

katie@stvital said...

Cannot wait to see some of your creations! I behaved and bought nothing...

Sew Nomadic said...

Disapproving Schnauzer :| ROFL!!!

traceyjay said...

that's a nice stack!
What's the florally one in the middle -- looks like red flowers?

Shay said...

It would have been a crime not to go nuts buying fabric...

Still laughing at the idea that your fabric stack rivals Sears Tower in height.

Flying Blind... said...

Most sensible ting I have seen in days! x

Katy Cameron said...

With the cost of shipping to the UK, I so wish I still lived in Estevan, Saskatchewan - being right on the border I'd have been in fabric heaven! Perhaps it's better for my bank account that I'm not lol

Angela said...

nothing to see here people...nothing to see.
I hope that dog knows how to run if that tower starts toppling toward him!

Laura @ ON{thelaundry}LINE said...

Ah, parcel pickup. We are new friends but good ones. ;)

felicity said...

I don't see a problem from here. Nope.

Sarah said...

hehehe this post made me laugh! I wish there was something like this us Australians could make use of. And the size of your not yet Leaning Tower of Pisa fabric is impressive. I don't think you have a problem. You're a clever shopper!

liniecat said...

Tall stack? No .......looking great!

Tabatha said...

Wow, now I don't feel so bad about my manic fabric purchases! Sadly I don't have a U.S post box so I pay full postage. I also hide my purchases from hubby, he thinks I have enough fabric already pffft! :P ~ Tabatha at BendingPIns.com ~

Tina Short said...

I like your style!
I do exactly the same....just from a bit farther away. We have friends in Chicago and stay with them every year, I also take advantage of free US postage and collect my haul of fabric that I get sent to them. Thank goodness British Airways let us have a good baggage allowance!
Tina x

Christine said...

I have thought of doing that - having things shipped to an address in the States where I could pick them up but what happens at Customs? What does the duty amount to?