Fabric sale

Sale of fabrics to support African grandmothers

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An annual craft sale canceled for two years returns this weekend.

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The Fabulous Fabric Frenzy Sale, organized by the Grandmothers of Alberta For A New Generation (GANG) – a group with many members in Strathcona County – and the Stephen Lewis Foundation, is set to take over Strathern United Church at 8510 95 Avenue NW to Edmonton on Saturday, April 30.

“It was annual until the pandemic hit, but this is the first time we’ve been able to hold it since 2019,” explained GANG member and annual Fabric Frenzy coordinator Kate Gale. “We have accumulated three years of fabric for sale.”

With entry set at $2, the sale runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

“We have a very loyal clientele who are aware of the sale. In the past, we’ve averaged around 900 to 1,000 people coming to the sale,” Gale said. “We hope there will be even more this year.”

Gale said the cancellation for the past two years has led to the band having an abundance of fabric.

“We have storage rooms that split at the seams and we have at least three years worth of donations going on sale and on display on April 30 and we hope it will be busy,” Gale said. “Quilting supplies are very, very popular and a lot of quilters come to buy fabric.”

The last fabric sale held in April 2019 raised nearly $50,000.

“We hope to surpass that this year. When Premier Jason Kenney declared we were open for business last summer, we were able to hold three pop-up sales in the parking lot of Old Strathcona Antique Market. We didn’t know if it would fail and did minimal publicity, but to our amazement, between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. on a Sunday afternoon in July, we raised $10,000 and then we started again in August,” she said, adding the September sale had to be canceled due to rain.

The fundraiser raises money for the Stephen Lewis Foundation to help grandmothers in Africa.

You can find out more about the sale and the band at facebook.com/edmgrans.