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ThayerRags Fabric Center

About Us

108 W. Grand Ave, Frederick, OK. USA

Open Tuesday-Friday, 9:00AM-5:00PM, including lunch time, ( with few exceptions).

ThayerRags™ Fabric Center is a DIVISION OF MARDE Enterprises LLC - Frederick, Oklahoma, USA

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Old-time fabric store charm & hospitality, just like you remember from years ago.  Formerly the Spinning Wheel Fabric Center for 30 years, we have those hard-to-find items no longer available in most stores, plus the most current fabrics and supplies found in today's modern Quilt Shop.  It is 1700 square feet of vintage and current fabric, sewing, quilting, & craft supplies!

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History

 
2000 - The name "Pressed for Time" was born. - Being a stay-at-home wife that loved sewing and crafts, Marlene looked for a way to raise money for her favorite hobby - shopping for and buying fabric.  To increase her fabric budget, she decided to start an ironing service out of her Anadarko Oklahoma home.  Her husband made up fliers for her to distribute to businesses around town, and slowly, her "Pressed For Time Ironing Service" had a steady customer flow.
   
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2001 - The name "ThayerRags" was born. - After being married for 26 years and the parents of three grown children, CD & Bear took up motorcycling for entertainment and excitement.  One item of gear that has been popular by motorcyclists for years is the doo-rag, a cotton "skull cap" that probably evolved from the use of bandanas or other pieces of cloth that were worn to hide or save hair-dos while riding.  Years of sewing for family and crafts provided the background for Bear to begin creating doo-rags just for fun.  Bear sold her ThayerRags doo-rags off of the back seat of  "Bruiser", her Suzuki Marauder motorcycle.

   
About_200102.jpg (50056 bytes) 2001 - ThayerRags doo-rags went online. - As the demand for doo-rags increased, samples of Bear's ThayerRags custom doo-rags were shown on one of the web pages at the family domain that husband CD was running as a hobby.  It was the beginning a small business that provided doo-rags for individuals by order.  Customization included embroidery text for one-of-a-kind items.  Local ThayerRags doo-rag orders were delivered by motorcycle, while the distant orders were mailed.
   
About_200201.jpg (17967 bytes) 2002 - ThayerRags Wrap-Arounds emerged. - At the request of her husband, Bear designed and made her first beverage can koozy.  CD had searched without success for the old style of koozy that wrapped around the container unlike the style that is form-fit. Space for gear on motorcycles is very limited, so he wanted a koozy that could either be folded small and put in a pocket or attached to his motorcycle somewhere.  Other bikers saw it and wanted one as well, so the ThayerRags Wrap-Around was added to the line of custom ThayerRags products.
   
About_200301.jpg (42367 bytes) 2003 - ThayerRags Baby Bibs were developed. - On a trip to a Craft Show in Colorado, Bear bought a cute little baby bib and brought it home.  After showing the bib to friends, she was asked to make some for them too, and ThayerRags Baby Bibs were added to the line of custom ThayerRags products.
   
About_200401.jpg (24813 bytes) 2004 - ThayerRags Shirt-Tale Bears were born. - A lady brought Bear her dad's shirt and a pattern to make a teddy bear out of old men's shirts.  She had begun one bear, but was having problems with it and asked Bear if she could help her with it or just do it for her.  Bear completed the bear for the lady, and ThayerRags Shirt-Tale Bears were begun.  The name implies that each bear has a "tale to tell" about the loved one that previously wore the shirt, and serve as a comfort to those who have lost a loved one.
   
2005 - ThayerRags Doo-rags & Pressed for Time Ironing Service moved. - After working for electric power companies for 28 years, the couple decided to take a break from that and moved back to Frederick Oklahoma where they had lived for 12 years prior to living in Anadarko.  They still owned a house in Frederick, and it was "home" to them and their kids since most of the kid's school years had been spent there.  The ThayerRags custom product business continued essentially uninterrupted, but the Pressed for Time Ironing Service had to begin developing an all-new customer base. 
   
About_200601.jpg (56696 bytes) 2006 - ThayerRags Fabric Center was found. - As luck would have it, a business opportunity arose and the couple purchased the Spinning Wheel Fabric Center, a long-time downtown Frederick Oklahoma business.  The Spinning Wheel had been in operation for over 30 years (from 1975 until 2006), although the owner had slowed down and not kept regular hours for the last 5 years.  
   
About_200602.jpg (70032 bytes) The business still contained its 30-year stock of inventory, including many items that had long since went out of style or had been replaced by a more modern product.  The store looked like the owner had simply went out to lunch and forgotten to return.  To a fabric collector, it was Heaven!  Some of the inventory was even from the previous business of Kelly's Outlet, a variety store that had operated in the building for approximately 20 years prior to the store becoming the Spinning Wheel in 1975.
   
About_200603.jpg (57433 bytes) Among the fixtures that dated back to Kelly's Outlet (we are told by a previous Kelly's employee) is the old button box in the back room.  Customers were allowed to go back and dig through the box to find buttons and buy them for 5-cents each.  The button box has since been relocated out to the main sales area, and vintage buttons are still added regularly.  Today's cost for these buttons remains 5-cents each.
   
About_200605.jpg (5263 bytes) 2006 - The name "ThayerRags" becomes a Trademarked (™) Name.
   
About_200607.jpg (41622 bytes) 2006 - ThayerRags™ Fabric Center opened for business. - With a new floor plan and much additional new inventory, ThayerRags™ Fabric Center opened its doors for business.  The business consisted of two main categories; selling retail fabrics and providing sewing related services (mending, ironing, alterations, and sewing machine service).
   
About_200604.jpg (22700 bytes) 2006 - ThayerRags™ Coat-Tale Pillows were developed. - Shortly before Christmas 2006, a lady requested that a teddy bear be made out of an old FFA jacket, but after consideration of the large amount of embroidery on the back, which needed to be preserved, it was determined that a better shape for the jacket would be a pillow.  Wanting to keep with the same theme as the Shirt-Tale Bear, the name Coat-Tale Pillow was selected.
   
About_200701.jpg (45274 bytes) 2007 - ThayerRags™ Fabric Center grew. - Leaning mostly towards quilt related products, the fabric inventory was increased, quilting tools and books were added, and quilt batting by-the-yard had been included.  Services of mending, alterations, & ironing continued to increase and was a large part of the business.
   
About_200801.jpg (31265 bytes) 2008 - ThayerRags™ Fabric Center continued to grow. - Few changes occurred from 2007 to 2008, although the amount of both retail sales and mending services continuing to increase.  The number of out-of-town customers noticeably increased as word got around that the store was open.  Internet sales was now becoming a large portion of the business.
   
About_200901.jpg (28833 bytes) 2009 - ThayerRags™ Fabric Center took a step backward. - The economic problems of  2009 were a setback to us as much as most other businesses, but although the amount of retail sales was down, mending services held fairly steady.  New mending and alteration customers were the norm.  The number of out-of-town customers noticeably decreased as fuel prices jumped and folks held onto what money they had.  Vintage Sewing Machines became a larger portion of the business, with the acquisition of a large local collection.
   
2010 - ThayerRags™ Fabric Center began a come-back. - The economic problems of  2009 were still being felt by us as much as most other businesses. The amount of retail sales held its own compared to the year before, and even increased slightly, but mending and alteration services increased.  Returning customers, as well as many additional new customers, sought our services to repair or alter existing clothing and accessories.
   
2011 - ThayerRags™ Fabric Center continued to recover. - Continuing the slow recovery from the economic problems of 2009, retail sales were up only slightly.  Services, especially mending and alterations, increased much more than retail, calling for an expansion of our floor space allotted to that portion of our business.  Customers seemed to be increasingly interested in repairing or altering existing clothing instead of purchasing new ones.
   
2012 - ThayerRags™ Alterations Services continued to expand. - This year saw yet another expansion of our floor space allotted to Services.  Due to increasing mending and alteration requests, we more than doubled the space used for our sewing services to best manage the traffic.  Machines were spread out for better access, and a larger area was provided for incoming and outgoing sewing jobs.
   
2013 - ThayerRags™ Fabric Center increased craft supplies. - Having introduced Homecoming mum-making supplies to our inventory in 2011, this year marked an indepth inventory of supplies for our area schools.  Craft supplies are not new for us, but Homecoming supplies are.  Retail fabric sales remained constant, as did our sewing services.  Additional floor space was reassigned to accomidate the large selection of Homecoming supplies.
   
2014 - The service "Pressed for Time" was discontinued. - As the ThayerRags Alterations Services continued to grow, the time required for ironing, sewing, and retail sales became unmanageable.  To make the decision what was to give, it was determined that it is easier to sit and sew than stand and iron, so the ironing was discontinued.
  2015 - ThayerRags™ Alterations Services expanded once again. - As the ThayerRags Alterations Services continued to grow for another year, the need to make alterations fittings more manageable lead to the addition of a new fitting room in the main retail area of the shop.  Fitting activities in the small storeroom just became too difficult.  The addition of a raised pedestal was a much-needed tool.  Once again, retail floor space was reduced and services floor space was increased by 36 square feet.  We continue to migrate more toward a services shop.
   
   

Contact

 
CD & Marlene CD & Marlene (Bear) Thayer
Phone us at 580.335.3380
Email us at [ThayerRags at cdthayer.com]
Visit us at 108 W. Grand Ave. Frederick, Oklahoma, USA

We're very proud of our little store, and would love to share it with you!

   
   
   

 

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