Yesterday I walked out of Walmart without buying anything. I was on a yarn mission, and there wasn't a single inch of yarn for sale in the store anywhere.
It's been awhile since I've been to Walmart -- probably somewhere around a year. Last time I was there, they'd cut back on their yarn offerings, but I still found stuff worth buying. Now? Nothing. Nothing!
I only started shopping at Walmart regularly a couple of years ago when I started this gig designing crochet patterns for y'all here at crochet.about.com; I wanted to make sure to use yarns that are widely available, and I know that, for many of you, Walmart is one of the few choices you have available locally. For the stuff I crochet outside of About.com, I'm into vintage yarns and threads that are tricky to locate, and I really don't want to put you all through the hassle of looking for thread or yarn that hasn't been available since sometime last century.
I'm furious that Walmart drove so many local yarn stores, and local craft stores, out of business -- and then dumped their craft section.
I also wonder whether that turned out to be a good business decision for them. In the past, I used to go into Walmart for yarn. I used to take my time shopping, looking at all the colors, attempting to match up dye lots, etc. My husband would get antsy, so he'd wander off to do some shopping of his own; he'd go look at the sporting goods, maybe pick up a bike chain, a new pair of socks, some pens and notebooks or whatever. By the time we were finished shopping, the cart would be loaded up.
Now we don't have much of a reason to walk into the store in the first place. For stuff like bike chains, Walmart is never going to be our first choice of retailers, you know what I mean? But, we have many, many options apart from Walmart, and I know that isn't the case for everyone.
I ended up buying a good bit of what I wanted at JoAnn.
Is "my" Walmart the only one, or did yours stop carrying yarn too?
So, now that there's no yarn at Walmart, where are y'all shopping these days?