Today I had time between lunch and the after school pickup to do an errand. Ever since I saw a few people discussing their sewing rooms on-line, more specifically about the cutting tables, I had to get one. A cutting table that is. I did some cursory research on craft/cutting tables and finally decided to get this one, the Sullivan’s Craft/Hobby table.
I thought that, since I live in the burbs now and own a car, I should just go out and buy it at a brick and mortar store instead of buying it on line and paying for shipping. I looked to see if it was at my local Joann’s. According to their website my local Joann’s in Poway had 5 available to buy. I even called ahead to see if they had it. The salesperson who answered the phone said they had tables, but that she would have to see a picture of the table before she could confirm. Since the website said they did, I felt confident I would have my cutting table by this afternoon.
You see, ever since I started to sew, I have been cutting out all my projects on the floor. I have no table on which I can cut out. I thought this table which collapses would be perfect for my sewing room/bedroom. I don’t really want a cutting table out 24/7, just for when I need it, since I don’t have a dedicated sewing room.
Of c0urse, Murphy’s Law was in effect today. When I arrived at the very sad-looking Joann’s in Poway, it was practically empty. The fabric section was less than half of the store, crafts being the majority of the store. Home dec fabrics was a bigger section than the garment fabric section. There were a lot of empty shelves and space in the front of the store, so it wasn’t a very inviting entrance. I searched on my own for about 20 minutes for my table, but couldn’t find it. I looked for a sales associate but there were none on the floor at all. Only one person at the register which was busy. And two cutters, both of whom had a line of people waiting for them. I finally asked one of the cutters to help me and she said I had to take a number in order to be helped. Take a number???? When I finally had someone’s attention, they couldn’t find my table either. I told her that their own website said they had 5 of the tables in stock. She said that it might be incorrect or not updated.
Long story long, I left the store empty-handed. I also left knowing I would never go back to that store again. I rarely shopped at Joann’s previously, but mostly for geographic reasons. Living in NYC there were no Joann’s in the city itself. In order to get to one outside the city, I would have needed to have a car. Now that I have a car, I can safely say I will not shop at a Joann’s at all. Why bother? They don’t have a decent fabric section or staff. There’s nothing there for me.