So okay, it is not really the original Denver Fabrics, since as we all know the sold their online business to a different company. However, their supplies and prices are pretty much the same as the old one, so I think that we can all sigh in relief -- and perhaps even rejoice.
And speaking of fabric merchants. I have a question for all of you. As you know, my website, features a section of links of my favorite merchants (which BTW, I need to update along with the rest of the page). The criteria that I use for selecting who goes in that section is that a) I have purchased something from this merchant; b) I like the product; c) the product is appropriate for the type of costuming or reenactment that I am using it for; and d) I like the service.
A while ago, I was contacted by a fabric merchant that I had never heard from. This person is not from the area, so I am not familiar with him. Apparently it is someone who is just building his business, and he asked if it would be possible for me to include his info in my page.
At the time, I told him that I didn't see anything in his page that I considered appropriate. Although he does carry some supplies like rivets and things like that, which may be usable for other folk, his stock consisted in a lot of blends and not really fabric that I would consider using. I told him to contact me when he started carrying linens (100%) and wools, not blends.
Several months passed, and he contacted me again. This time, he is carrying some linens and wools, although a lot of his stuff still remains polys and blends. He also carries a lot of ecclesiastical brocades. I don't use those, but I imagine that some people do. The thing is, I have never ordered from him, and I don't know what his level of service is. Also, I am uncomfortable about including someone as a "favorite merchant" when I am not even sure that he would become a favorite of mine. I imagine I could order something, just to be on the safe side, but I am not sure if the service would be good just because I am the owner of the page and then he could give less quality service to others.
On the other hand, maybe he is a great guy, with great service, and I don't want to be unfair. I am a big proponent of helping the small merchant, so I am a bit torn.
I am not sure what I am going to do, but I would like to hear some feedback from you guys.