*Get there early–We were there by 9 am and had a LOT of the shopping to ourselves for a couple of hours, but the afternoon got super busy.
*Use bathrooms at Micheal Levine—they cost a quarter (and you might get walked in on)—but there are not a lot of public bathrooms available.
*Eat at the Subway on 9th and Olympia–it was cool and we could sit down for a few minutes and rest our feet.
*Vendors don’t really haggle unless your buying like more than 5 yards. Maybe we are just wimpy hagglers, but we found that most vendors were not willing to lower prices for quantities less than 5 yards…..so know that ahead of time.
*Start at FIDM--Dana gave us this advice…and it was well-worth it to start there. Because the fabric is always $1 a yard you can go there first, get what you need and then move out into the Fashion District for more.
*Angel Fabrics is a good place and they’ll call you “little Mama”. We got lots of fabric there…..
*Park at Micheal Levine’s parking lot (turn right off of 9th onto Maple)—it’s on a roof top and only costs $5 to park there all day and you can walk everywhere from there. This advice came from Ashley and she is spot on…it is the BEST place to park.
*Don’t expect killer clothes deals in Santee Alley.
*Take lots of cash in small bills.
*BUY BUY BUY—it’s so cheap, and you’ll regret not getting more when you come home. (We already regret not getting more and we brought 100 pounds back!) And if you like something….just buy it then. We waited on a couple of things, and then couldn’t remember where we saw them (all the shops start looking alike after awhile) and missed out.
But we know for next time!