Fabri­cland closes up after 35 years

Papakura Courier - - FRONT PAGE - NIGEL MOFFIET

A South Auck­land haberdashery is say­ing farewell after more than 30 years of sell­ing fab­rics, nee­dles, but­tons and threads.

Fabri­cland held its clos­ing down sale in O’Shan­nessey St, Pa­pakura last week with a spe­cial celebration as long-stand­ing cus­tomers and past own­ers gath­ered.

Lyla Bid­dick opened the orig­i­nal shop on Great South Rd in 1982. Bid­dick says she was al­ways pas­sion­ate about sewing and was keen to get a fab­ric shop up and run­ning in the area.

‘‘A lot of the cus­tomers used to just come in for a chat,’’ she says.

Her daugh­ter Estelle Dev­ereux later bought the busi­ness and moved it to O’Shan­nessey St in the early 2000s. Dev­ereux says she learned a lot of sewing at school and has seen how the craft has changed over the years.

‘‘In the past mak­ing clothes was a ne­ces­sity and now it’s more of a hobby,’’ she says.

Cur­rent owner Elaine Orum says it’s sad to have to close the busi­ness.

‘‘It’s good fun, the peo­ple are amaz­ing and the cus­tomers I’ll miss ... Young ones aren’t get­ting into sewing any more [as] peo­ple are buy­ing on­line,’’ she says.

Long-time cus­tomer Enda Gas­son says the shop has given her and many oth­ers ‘‘so much plea­sure over the years’’.

‘‘We’re re­ally go­ing to miss it,’’ she says.

NIGEL MOFFIET

Fabri­cland past and cur­rent own­ers from left: Estelle Dev­ereux, Elaine Orum and Lyla Bid­dick.

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