Here’s a good one for you! Ragfinders is a great resource for costume departments of every ilk. If you are creating a great number of costumes, and need more than twenty yards of any given fabric, Ragfinders is the place to go to source it. They have end-of-production surplus fabric, as well as open stock that you can order. They do NOT sell in quantities less than twenty yards, but they sell most everything at a greater discount than the other retail fabric outlets, because of the bulk buying and wholesale sales.
A jobber is someone who buys from a manufacturer and sells to a retailer. There are fabric jobbers, notions jobbers, fur jobbers, clothing jobbers; whatever can be procured from a manufacturer can be purchased and re-sold. If you have a resale number, you can buy from Ragfinders at a discount, with no tax. You can bring them a swatch of a fabric you’re looking for; they can nearly match it, and in bulk yardage to suit your needs. And when you think about it, twenty yards is really not that much – that’s a slipcover for your couch.
The folks at Ragfinders are self-proclaimed Luddites, and they haven’t set up their website yet. So, here are their deets:
Ragfinders (since 1976)
784 S San Pedro Street (corner 8th and San Pedro)
Los Angeles, CA 90014
Hours – Mon-Fri: 9-5
Parking: street, meters $3/hour
Fabrics in Large Quantity. 20 yard Minimum. Wholesale Prices to Designers. Wide Variety. Wholesale.