Not so long ago, many local shopping strips included some form of haberdashery store. The owner was usually a very experienced lady who was only too willing to help decipher patterns and calculate how many balls of wool or metres of fabric were needed.
Many have sadly disappeared and been replaced by large super stores (yes SL I'm talking about you!) I've even watched my local store in Emerald, Vic transform from haby and drapery to a jazzed up homewares store with the basic haby gathering dust up the back.
While holidaying in Kiama on the NSW central coast I found a wonderful little haby store where the owner was friendly & chatty, she excitedly showed off some haby inspired brooches her friend from the UK had sent her and she explained that although she is left handed, she learnt to knit & crochet with the right so she could help her customers. Ahhh, just like the good old days!
So if you have a shop like this in your local area then please, please SUPPORT IT. Don't let us lose anymore of these treasures because the experience and good old fashioned service that goes hand in hand with these stores will also be gone.
Do you still have a traditional haberdashery store in your part of town?