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What’s the ‘New Normal’ at your local JOANN?

I have the new ad, I have my eGift card and Rewards card, and I have my shopping list.  Oh yeah… I also have my mask.  This Thursday I’ll be heading out to my local JOANN to test the waters, the first time since March 11.  I have no idea what to expect.  So, tell me, what’s the ‘new normal’ at your local JOANN?

Will they have fabric?

Of course, my main question is:  Do they have any fabric in stock?  Judging by the JOANN website there’s nothing left anywhere in the world.  We have 3 stores in the Columbus area.  I’ve searched each of them online to place curbside pick-up orders but every fabric I look at says it’s not in stock, in all 3 stores.  I did find a few that I liked that were available for shipping but the minimum order for each was 4 yards.

I’m interested in quilting cottons, you know, the same fabrics everyone has been using to make masks.  Our stores have been open this whole time so I’m thinking they’re going to be wiped out with nothing but empty shelves as far as the eye can see.

Yesterday I reached out to a friend of mine, Carol, she works at the cutting counter at JOANN and does longarm quilting on the side.  She tells me they do have plenty of fabric in the store and not to trust what I see on the website.  That makes sense because the JOANN website was never accurate to begin with when it comes to fabric.

Will they have crafting supplies?

Yesterday I saw an interesting video about making soap come across my Facebook feed and I’d love to try some of the techniques.  Plus, with two kids at home for the summer it might be a good idea to pick up a few craft items for them.  But I’m also imagining a lot of empty shelves here, too, because who doesn’t have kids climbing the walls in their house these days?

Will I have to wait in line?

I keep seeing these pictures online of people lining up outside stores, waiting for their turn to shop.  I don’t think it’s ever going to stop raining here in Columbus.  I’m not looking forward to this but I have an eGift Card and Rewards card burning a hole in my pocket and there are some good fabric sales in the new ad.

Will I be allowed to take my time shopping?

And what if people are lined up outside, waiting their turn to get in?  Does that mean we have to hurry up and shop or can we take our time?  Like I said, I do have a list of things I need to get so I could make this a quick trip if need be.  But I’d love to take my time and have a leisurely stroll, especially if I can arrange it so I don’t have the kids with me.

Are children allowed in?

And that brings up another question:  Do they allow children in the store?  My grandsons are 12 and 14.  I’ve taken them to the grocery store a couple of times so they know about social distancing and masks.  They’re well-behaved and not afraid, but I’m wondering if they’re welcome in the store.

Donna Anderson

I loved my time working behind the cutting counter at Joann Fabrics but I love shopping at Joann Fabrics even more! What are you making today?

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