The first three hours of Fabric Frenzy saw over 200 people enter Salt Spring Island’s Farmers Institute. They spent $8500 plus on fabric, wool, notions, sewing machines, looms, quilts, and other related items, all of which were donated by generous Islanders and others. A happy departing customer was overheard saying: “That WAS a frenzy!” And in more ways than just the sale.
Rotarians, their spouses, and many other Islanders spent hundreds of hours sorting, pricing, measuring, bagging, organizing, and setting-up to ensure a successful event. Various people stored items in their homes for longer than they anticipated: Frenzy was postponed twice because of Covid-19.
The sale ran from Friday afternoon to Sunday noon and raised $14,000 gross, all proceeds going to support mental health for Island youth. The proceeds exceeded expectations and it was a fun event for all involved.
People left the sale with visions of turning their well-priced purchases into art. Many asked: “Will you do this again next year?” Perhaps. But as of now Salt Spring Island Rotary is suffering from Fabric Fatigue.