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With my seven room bed and breakfast to furnish and decorate, I have thoroughly explored my region of eastern New York and western Massachusetts, hunting for great fabric at good prices. Also, I prefer to buy furniture at auction or in antique shops, and have it reupholstered, to coordinate with curtains and drapes that I have custom made, so I can always find an excuse to buy fabric.

Food and Fabric Shopping Expedition

My favorite place to shop for fabric is the enormous Osgood’s Textiles in West Springfield, Massachusetts, about an hour east of the Inn. Even in my years working for a large textile manufacturer, Milliken, I never saw so much fabric in one place! Be prepared to spend some time finding your way around the large warehouse, and getting to know where the particular types of fabrics are located. Soon you will know which aisles have the upholstery and drapery fabrics, which have the apparel fabrics, etc. The fabrics used in my room at the inn, shown above, came from Osgood’s. The floral on the wing chair, window seats and roman shades was just $7/yard – a great find as I needed over 30 yards!

After a few hours of fabric shopping, I always make time to enjoy lunch at The Student Prince in downtown Springfield.

Food and Fabric Shopping Expedition

This traditional German restaurant first opened in 1935, and the main bar room has the original woodwork with wonderful booths, carved wooden sconces, and an enormous beer stein collection.

Food and Fabric Shopping Expedition

They say the collection of beer steins is one of the largest in the country.

Food and Fabric Shopping Expedition

The menu is very retro, with inexpensive luncheon specials that start with a glass of tomato juice, move on to German fare like meatloaf or bratwurst, and end with a bowl of jello. As I said, retro! But I find it delightfully old fashioned.

Food and Fabric Shopping Expedition

Come visit the inn sometime in the off season, armed with paint chips and photos of a room or piece of furniture you want to redo, and we’ll head over to Springfield for a lunch and fabric outing! This could be the focus of a great girlfriend’s getaway, fabric shopping and antique shopping with the innkeeper showing you the way!