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Subject: Michael's or AC Moore?
Date Posted: 1/11/2009 10:35 AM ET
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Anyone have a preference? I have been going to Michael's for years, but AC Moore stores are coming into our area now. There is one that's closer to me than any other store, so I am thrilled!


Date Posted: 1/11/2009 5:21 PM ET
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Depends on the craft. Ours have different strengths and put different things on sale each week.  AC Moore often has sales of 20 to 25% your entire purchase and moolight madness sales so I probably shop there more, or at least check there first.  Luckily the stores are basically across the street from each other so if one does not have what I want, it is so easy to go to the other. Enjoy having both in your area!

Date Posted: 1/11/2009 5:49 PM ET
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AC Moore has a better selection of yarn.

Date Posted: 1/15/2009 11:31 AM ET
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I prefer Michaels. I think that is because AC Moore is very close and  going to Michaels is more of a "treat" to me.

Date Posted: 1/15/2009 7:29 PM ET
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well, for me Michaels is about 17 miles away and I don't even know where A C Moores is located.

I look mostly for yarn.


Helen L.

Date Posted: 1/16/2009 12:31 AM ET
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Our A.C. Moore definitely has a better yarn selection, too.

Date Posted: 1/16/2009 11:49 AM ET
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I am spoiled.   I work across the street from AC Moore so that's where I most often go but Michaels is only a mile away from where I work and JoAnns is 3 miles from where I live.  I can always find someplace to get into trouble!

Date Posted: 1/16/2009 3:54 PM ET
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Don't  know or have never heard of A C MOORE. What am I missing. We just got hobby lobby store here but they don't have much in yarn

Date Posted: 1/21/2009 5:36 PM ET
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I agree with others that AC Moore has the better yarn selection.  I've got one of each within 2 miles of me; within 10 miles I've got 2 Michael's and 3 AC Moores.  I check them out both now and then -- but don't shop at either of them regularly.  I prefer to go to specialty shops for my craft needs.

Date Posted: 1/28/2009 8:57 AM ET
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Add me to the group that loves AC Moore's yarn selection.  But see if you have a local yarn shop in your area.  I've found some really great stuff there that blows all of the big chains out of the water.

Date Posted: 2/7/2009 5:34 PM ET
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I like Michael's but I don't have one near by. I do have a JoAnn's and a PatCatan' s close by and we don't have an A.C. Moore here in Cleveland.

Date Posted: 2/10/2009 10:23 PM ET
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I think Hobby Lobby is waaaay overpriced. There sales actually bring items down to what they should cost normally.

Both AC Moore & Michaels (& JoAnn's for that matter) have their plus & minuses. I think it's a matter of personal preference.

I'm lucky in that my mom has owned a craft & fabric store for the past 20 years. So, most everything I need, she can get for me. Or, most of the time, she has it in stock or suggests something else that will work just as well.

So, IMO, the mom & pop stores are the best for customer service & for helping bring ideas into reality. AC Moore's & Michaels just don't have that "homey" feel or very knowledgeable staff that can visualize a finished product and "think outside the box". But, they do have good sales...

Date Posted: 2/11/2009 7:23 AM ET
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Wish we had more "mom and pop" stores to choose from.

Date Posted: 2/18/2009 9:18 AM ET
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I went into Michaels last night.  They have signs up in their yarn department saying that there will be a new yarn department coming in the spring.  Lots of the bins were empty.  It will be interesting to see what they are bringing in.