Fabricland closes up after 35 years
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.
Fabricland past and current owners from left: Estelle Devereux, Elaine Orum and Lyla Biddick.