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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

FABRIC STORES • OUTDOOR FABRIC • UPHOLSTERY FABRIC • SILKS & SPECIALTY FABRICS • NOTIONS STORES • TIENDA DE TELAS • TELA DE LA TAPICERÍA • EXTERIOR TEJIDO • SEDAS Y TEJIDOS ESPECIALES • PASAMANERIA in Costa Rica

First off, like with MANY things in Costa Rica, I've found that most FABRIC STORES • TIENDA DE TELAS here are more expensive than in the U.S. - especially for specialty type fabrics (which are also few and far between).

With that said, I'm sharing my findings (and what others have shared) of various Fabric Stores • Tienda de Telas. 

It's by no means complete so if you have some to share - please do!!!

AREAS WITH THE MOST FABRIC STORES • TIENDA DE TELAS:
One thing I noticed, there are a BUNCH of FABRIC STORES • TIENDA DE TELAS - IN San Jose - especially ON or near - AVENIDA 10 - between about Calle 14 and 10 and also at the beginning of the Pedestrian Walk where Paseo Colon ends (at the East end - by Hospital San Juan de Dios).

So on December 11, 2014 Cathy B and I ventured into San Jose to check out some FABRIC STORES • TIENDA DE TELAS and here's what we found (so far):



MY #1 FAV
OROTEX!!!!!!!!

It's HUGE and has GREAT PRICES!!

LOCATION:
San Jose, Costa Rica - Sabana Este•East

DETAILS at:
LivingLifeInCostaRica.blogspot.com/2012/09/fabric-store-orotex.html


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(building on the LEFT•NORTH side of the street)

LAZARO TIENDA DE TELAS
GrupoLazaro.com/inicio/?q=en/node/20facebook.com/GrupoLazaro
2-257-0220

What a GREAT Tienda de Telas•Fabric Store! 
I went December 2014 and found out they're more INDUSTRIAL FABRICS (not much selection of personal clothing choices) - this store is GREAT - ESPECIALLY their building across the street - on the SOUTH side of the street (be careful crossing - especially since pedestrians in Costa Rica do NOT have the right-of-way!!).
They have everything from:
Decorative Fabrics • Fabric (including Fleece•Vellón) • Outdoor Fabrics (including UV Ray and Water Resistant) • Fabric to make Floor Mats for your Vehicle • Upholstery Fabrics • Industrial Plastics and Vinyls • Fabric for Uniforms • Fabric for Curtains • PolyFiber Fill for Pillows and Comforters (they had a HUGE bag of it!!!) • Plastic for Table Clothes • Artificial Grass (like Astro-Turf) • Fabric for Office Chairs • Variety of Foams and Mattresses (covered Individual•Twins started at about 12,500-c - less than $25!!) • Vinyl Flooring • lots of sizes of Area Rugs • Plastic Wrap for Packing • they have the LARGEST selection of that waffle like material to make YOGA MATS out of (I counted at least 30 different styles!!)
some nice stuff at decent prices with helpful•knowledgeable staff. 
They have stores on BOTH sides of the street with GREEN exterior and I understand both stores have different types of things.
He oído cosas muy positivas sobre esta Tienda de Telas Tienda Tela! Tienen de todo, desde:
Decorativo Telas Tela (incluyendo Fleece Vellón) Telas al aire libre (incluyendo los rayos UV y resistente al agua) Tela para hacer Tapetes para su vehículo • Tela de tapicería Tejidos • Plásticos Industriales y Vinilos Tela para Uniformes para cortinas polyfiber Llene para almohadas y edredones Tela de plástico para la Tabla Ropa Césped Artificial Tela para Office Chairs Variedad de Espumas y Colchones Pisos de vinilo Alfombras plástico para embalaje -

algunas cosas bonitas a precios decentes con útiles personal bien informado.
Tienen tiendas en ambos lados de la calle con el exterior VERDE y entiendo las dos tiendas tienen diferentes tipos de cosas.


HOURS•HORAS:
Mon.-Fri. 8am-6pm • Sat. 9am-12pm/noon

LOCATION:
San Jose (Downtown), Costa Rica - Avenida 10 (a one-way East-bound street) between Calles 12 and 14
You can
't miss them - they're 2 GREEN buildings on BOTH sides of the street
OR
100 meters South and 50 meters East of the old Cruz Roja • de la antigua Cruz Roja, 100 sur 50 este (
5 blocks South of D'Selecta)


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D’SELECTA 
facebook.com/DSelectaCostaRica
(2-222-7954 • 2-221-7462 • SelectaPedidos@gmail.com • macicero2000@yahoo.com)

Many have said that D'Selecta is THE LARGEST Fabric Store in Costa Rica for ALL types of fabric and they're on 2 floors!!  If you're a crafty type person, I think you'll find this to be an AWESOME GEM with a BIG selection and most at AMAZINGLY LOW prices (we're talking some things cheaper than wholesale)!!  You can even sometimes find some fabric for UNDER $1/meter!!!
They sell to the public and trade.
They have everything from fabric for clothes/personal to everything you need to decorate your home like Indoor•Outdoor Upholstery type fabric, fabric for Curtains and Blinds (they claim to have the largest selection of Window Covering type items), Awnings+. They even have some Furniture and Accessories.
And, something for ALL budgets!!!

PAY WITH CASH DISCOUNT:
 If YOU ASK for a discount, they'll usually give you about 5% OFF when paying with CASH.  They DO take credit cards. 

FREE parking (not poz where). 

They have an OUTLET also where you can save 10-75%

HOURS:
Monday-Friday - 8am-6pm  •  Saturday - 8am-12:30-pm

LOCATION:
San Jose, Costa Rica
Calle 4 between Avenida 12 y 14.
So how it was described to me - EXITING Lazaros North side of the street building - go up 2 lights and TURN RIGHT.  Go down 3 blocks and TURN LEFT.  Go down 1 block and TURN LEFT (sorry - I don't remember what side of the street they're on).
OR
200 Oeste•West and 175 Norte from the parking garage•De la Torre de Parqueos de la Clínica Bíblica.


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PORTOFINO TEXTILES
(facebook.com/pages/Textiles-Portofino/279446608922335)
2-248 2995  •  2-483075  •  7-200-1973

Portofino is one of the few stores I've found that carry stretchy  lycra, Licra, Nylon, mesh•mallas, flannel fabric to make bicyclist clothes, sports clothes & uniforms, under garments (bra's, underwear, girdles+) and bathing suits.  They even have plaids•lumberjack flannel fabric!!  Fabrics for PJ's•pajamas, Leggings, Lace+.

HOURS:
Monday-Friday - 8am-5:30pm, Saturday-8am-1pm.

LOCATION:
San Jose - Avenida 10 at Calle 14 -  200 feet West of the gas station Castellana (strange they give that direction when it's a East-bound street)


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Almacen Casalfe
facebook.com/AlmacenCasalfe  •  ACasalfe.com
2-233-9592  •  ventas@acasalfe.com • acasalfe@ice.co.cr
Upholstery Fabric for furniture (indoors and outdoors including SunBrella) • Leather • Car•Automotive and boat•marine upholstery • Area Rugs•Carpets • Fabric for Bedding•Bedspreads (up to 2.40 meters•7.87 feet wide) • Micro Fibers  •  Reflective Materials • Banners  •  Flats and rubber Vinyls  •  Foams  •  Mesh • Contact Adhesives  •  Accessories trimmings  •  Jewelry  •  Hoods  •  Nylon•Materials • Costa Rica Flag Material

Tela de tapicería para muebles (interiores y exteriores incluyendo Sunbrella) y cueros, así como tapicería automotriz y marino -, así como fibras de Alfombras Alfombras Micro Banners Pisos y caucho Vinilos Espumas Malla Contacto Adhesivos • Accesorios adornos • Joyería Campanas nylon • Materiales

HOURS: 
 Monday-Friday - 7:30am-5:30pm
LOCATION:  
San Jose, Costa Rica - Calle 6 - between Avenida 10 and 12
(I’ve also seen on Ave. 10 - 175 mts. West from gas station La Castellana in the right, blue and white colors)


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YAMUNI
facebook.com/TiendasYamuniYamuni.com
(2-221-2221 • 2-227-2222 • 2-258-3337-customer service • YamuniSA@ice.co.cr)
This medium sized department store also has a large fabric section often at pretty good lower prices and some people I know have gotten REALLY LUCKY there and others not.  They even have that material that some use as a little slip-proof rug or you can use as a YOGA MAT.
HOURS:
Mon.-Sat. 9am-7pm, Sun. 10am-6pm.  
LOCATION: 
San Jose (Downtown), Costa Rica - Avenida 10 and Calle 36 (a Yellow building on your Right) - 200 mts East of the Gimnacio Nacional at the SE corner of Sabana Park.  Warehouse - Avenida 12 (buying things in bulk).  Curridabat  (2-234-8282) and Lincoln Plaza


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KILO GANGAS
facebook.com/KiloGangasSanJose
2-225-1275 • 2-222-4163? • 2-221-2611 • 2-257-6770

They even have fabulous fabric for Costumes•Carnival • Dressy Dresses • Holidays • Flannel•for Blankets • Lycra • Lace!
HOURS:
Monday-Friday - 9am-6pm - Saturday - ??
LOCATION:
San Jose-Downtown, Costa Rica - Avenida Central - between Calle 8 y 10


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Telas y Colores
facebook.com/pages/Telas-y-Colores/805258949516770

They even have bright•cool colored lycra (for workout clothes and things) • Chinese Brocade • Tull (various colors) • Holiday•Christmas Fabrics • Wedding Dress Fabric
 Incluso tienen brillante lycra fresco coloreado (para ropa de entrenamiento y cosas) Brocade chino Tull (varios colores) • Vacaciones Telas de Navidad Boda vestido de tela

HOURS:
Monday-Saturday - 9am-6pm

LOCATION:
San Jose, Costa Rica - 2-233-6111 • telasyc@racsa.co.cr
Avenida Central between Calles 8 y 10 
and•y
Alajuela - 2-442-0387
75 meters Este•East of the old Tikal•antiguo Tikal


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KILO TEX
2-258-1827
They also have a NOTIONS SHOP • PASAMANERIA as well as fabric•tella
LOCATION:  San Jose - Avenida 10 around Calle 18.


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KILOTIENDAS

Paseo Colon


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FandJ
(2-289-7364)
LOTS of choices for upholstery fabric including outdoors but expensive!!!  I’ve seen many prints here for LOTS more $$ than at places downtown.
LOCATION:
Escazu (San Rafael), Costa Rica - ON Calle Vieja - 500 mts West of Mas x Menos/Scotia Split - or - about 3 blocks East of Calle Country Club - almost across from Los Antojitos Mexican Restaurant on the South side of the street (there’s a small florest kiosk in front [with great prices]).


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Fabrics Escazu
facebook.com/FabricsEscazu

2-228-7856
Fabrics • Outdoor Fabric • Area Rugs • Fabrics for Curtains • Animal Prints • Upscale Fabrics (including from Europe)
HOURS:
Monday-Friday - 9:30am-6:30pm
LOCATION:
Escazu (San Rafael), Costa Rica - across from Paco Plaza just South of Calle Vieja


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Find other lists of Fabric Stores • Tienda de Telas in Costa Rica:
1CostaRicaLink.com/eng/shopping/shop-eng/telas-387eng.htm
MueblesYDecoracionCR.com/telas.html


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NOTIONS SHOP • PASAMANERIA
(with zippers, threads++)

Pasamaneria Luisa  
(2-228-4186 / 8-355-6504-Daniel [in case you don't speak Spanish])
THIS is where I go for things like thread, zippers, elastic, etc. as Luisa is a sweetie and her son Daniel is a real cute sweetie AND speaks GOOD English (making life easier!!)
HOURS: 
Mon.-8am-noon and 1-6pm, Sat.-8:30am-noon.
LOCATION: 
Escazu (Centro) - On the road going UP/South the hill from the Scotia Split, go up to the street light and turn Right (where you HAVE to turn Right • where Toyco’s Factory USED to be and Fresh Market is now), then LEFT at the 2nd street (at Casona de Laly), go up/South 1-1/2 blocks and they’re on the right (50 meters before the light/catholic church).


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OUTDOOR FABRIC • SUNBRELLA

Orotex (above)

Almacen Casalfe (above)

Lazaro (above)

 D'Selecta  (above)


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UPHOLSTERY FABRIC

facebook.com/fabricsescazu


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Deco-Tex
Curtains, Cushions, Upholstery etc
LOCATION:
San Jose (Paseo Colon)  -  on Paseo Colon, opposite Hospital de los Niños•Children's Hospital.


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SILK FABRICS • Fashions or Decorations

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1 comment:

Lauren Weihe said...

Hi, I am in San Jose and looking for yarn to crochet with. Do you know of a good place? I have found some at Luxe Form (along avenida central near Universal), but the selection was very limited. Thanks for the help!
Lauren