don't just scour the fabric shelves---the cool retro green velvet in the above photo (3rd from the bottom) is the ugliest curtain panel, but i could see the potential for future craft projects so i got all 4 panels.
whenever i spot velvet and/or suiting
yardage and remnants at the thrift store i know better than to leave them
sitting on the store shelf.
thrift stores offer great pricing, often have 50% off sales or scale sales ( a set price per pound for fabric/clothing/linens) --so take advantage when you are scouring for fabrics.
and don't forget to look for upholstery shop sample books too.
often the books will make their way to the thrift shops when the "decor seasons" change. my local shop charges 10 cents a swatch. i look for velvet, wool and linen swatches (+ anything green!). there is often enough in a swatch for a smaller project--- you can make a small change pouch or a sachet or a few fabric tags with a swatch piece.
if you have taken the time to stockpile these richly textured fabrics in the summer, you will have a head start to your holiday crafting.