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Dressew Supply Ltd

337 Hastings Street West, Vancouver, BC, V6B 1H6

604-682-6196

Flowers and frills and buttons and bows…and anything else you can imagine are yours for a song at this 46-year-old Vancouver institution.

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What:

Store Type | Fabric/Sewing
Payment | Cash

Where:

Neighbourhood | Vancouver City Centre
Getting There | Bus: #8, #10, #16, and #20, Stadium, Granville skytrain stations
Cross Street | Homer

When:

Mon-Sat: 9AM -5:15PM

Profile Last Updated: January 21, 2008

Downtown Source
Dressew® Supply Ltd., on west Hastings, is well known among local designers, crafters and sewing enthusiasts for its huge selection of fabrics and for its amazing inventory of accessories. It’s also known as the place to go for bargains, drawing customers from all over BC to its easily accessible downtown location.

Two Floors of Fabulous Finds
On the main floor, shoppers can browse through row after row of faux fur, knits, sequins, velvets, cottons, vinyl and upholstery fabrics. There’s also a huge selection of wigs and costume supplies, such as beaded Mardi Gras masks, sparkling tiaras and a rainbow of feather boas. Die-hard bargain hunters should head directly for the lower floor to wander the aisles of needles, thread, zippers, ribbon, buttons, appliqués, shoulder pads, knitting supplies and more. For example, you can find a bag of 1,440 buttons for $3.99, an assortment of leather remnants for $2.99 or a pair of large craft scissors for under a dollar.

Shopping for Special Occasions or Just for Fun
Though shoppers are drawn to the store for the great selection and prices, many visit just to browse and let their imaginations run wild. As you walk along the bulging aisles, you often hear giggling and laughter as people make their own fun discoveries. This is especially true around Halloween—a particularly busy time for Dressew. Racks of children’s costumes, ghoulish decorations and Halloween-themed fabrics are brought in to boost the regular inventory. The store takes on a festive air as shoppers stream in to search for the perfect wig, mask or costume material.