MBT’s This ‘n That Quilt Shop – Newton, IL

We started business in 2008 – by mistake!!!  We bought a crafter’s estate and put it in our vacant rental house intending to have a couple of garage sales and be done!  Well we’re in our 14th year now and still buying estates and giving our customers great buys on great finds.

We buy mostly quilting or sewing estates (i.e. Grandma dies and no one knows what to do with that houseful of fabric and embellishments).  That’s where we come in, we look at what’s there and make an offer for everything.  Then we haul it all home, sort it, tag it, and offer fabric and other quilting and sewing accessories at amazing prices. 

Our base price on our 100% cotton fabric is $6 per yard.  Sometimes we buy out closed stores – or in one case we had a lady come to us, she was starting a store and family dynamics interfered so we’ve been selling her fabric (mostly Moda) for 2-3 years.  We’re always looking for estates with good fabric so we can “re-home” the good stuff.  We’ve traveled to Indiana, Iowa, Missouri, Ohio and Kentucky for estates over the years.

We also take consignments of various household items and antiques to sell for our neighbors.  And we keep a large group of contacts that we can refer customers to if they’re trying to find something special.  We’ve helped people buy and sell on eBay.    We like to go to Quilt Shows and take fabric to sell in ½ yard and 1 yard cuts that we price at $5 per yard – buy 4 and get one free.  We also go to Quilt Guilds and will do a show explaining how our shop started and, of course, we take special fabric with us to sell there.

We have the best group of customers anyone could want;.  They’re awesome about letting us know about estates and sharing with their friends and family what a great experience our shop can be.

Also, 2-5 times a year, in good weather, we have Barn Sales out at our house just outside of Newton.  That’s where we sell a little bit of everything – think overgrown garage sale – and always have fabric at $1 per yard.  The fabric we sell at the Barn is fabric that wasn’t good enough for the shop, wrong kind to be in the shop, something that’s been in the shop for too long, etc.  It gives those people that sew blankets for Linus or other charities a chance to get decent fabric and an awesome price – it’s our way of supporting those charities also.