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Greatleo
Posted: Wednesday, July 22, 2009 2:07:59 PM
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What is the store that sells sewing supplies (like buttons, zippers..) called?

Thank you for your help!
Christine
Posted: Wednesday, July 22, 2009 2:15:38 PM
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Maybe Fabric stores.
RubyMoon
Posted: Wednesday, July 22, 2009 2:18:22 PM
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The sewing supplies mentioned fall under the category of "notions".
witchcraft
Posted: Wednesday, July 22, 2009 2:27:28 PM
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What about dry goods stores? Been there to purchase those before?
Corinne
Posted: Wednesday, July 22, 2009 2:37:34 PM
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Greatleo wrote:
What is the store that sells sewing supplies (like buttons, zippers..) called?

Thank you for your help!



It's small-ware shop or haberdashery, and in the USA it could be notion counter, as RubyMoon said.
York
Posted: Wednesday, July 22, 2009 4:19:33 PM
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These days, you go to a fabric store for notions.
AJC
Posted: Wednesday, July 22, 2009 4:24:18 PM
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You also go to a craft store for notions.
Romany
Posted: Wednesday, July 22, 2009 9:18:31 PM
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Along with Corinne, I would also go to a haberdashery shop.
grammargeek
Posted: Wednesday, July 22, 2009 9:45:20 PM
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In the United States if you ask where the haberdashery shop is, you are likely to be met with blank stares. I don't know about Canada, but in the U.S., I agree with those who said you would find sewing notions in a fabric store.

It's true that some other types of stores may carry the notions you mentioned, but that would be hit and miss. It would be akin to looking for an air conditioning filter in a grocery store. A lot of grocery stores carry the filters, but if they do, they sure don't have a big selection!
AccidentalPolyglot
Posted: Wednesday, July 22, 2009 10:21:13 PM
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Shaw, I believe, said something to the effect that "England and America are two countries divided by a common language." In the U.S., an haberdashery carries men's items such as hats, ties, gloves, socks, shirts, etc., though the term has gone somewhat out of usage with the decrease in the number of such shops. They used to be often found next to tailors' shops.

What we in the U.S now call "fabric stores" were once called "dry goods shops". I really don't know when the change came about; it just evolved over time. Now fabric stores seem harder and harder to find; they are being replaced by craft shops, which may or may not carry fabrics, but generally do carry at least some notions.

TB
Posted: Wednesday, July 22, 2009 10:51:14 PM
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Greatleo wrote:
What is the store that sells sewing supplies (like buttons, zippers..) called?

Thank you for your help!


WALMART
bogdanno
Posted: Thursday, July 23, 2009 3:47:24 AM
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haha TB, you said it
Corinne
Posted: Thursday, July 23, 2009 4:12:01 AM
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I come to help and I'm helped myself. Obviously, native knowledge is a big plus to what the rigid world of the dictionaries can offer. Thank you all!
bogdanno
Posted: Thursday, July 23, 2009 5:21:50 PM
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You don't need to be native to understand the differences-watch movies, read English books, magazines etc to get accustomed with the subtle language differences.
I agree that the dictionaries are too rigid to reflect well the reality.
krmiller
Posted: Monday, July 27, 2009 11:01:25 PM
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I always thought a haberdashery was a hat shop!

I would go to a craft store to buy those things.
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