- Location: Watertown, Massachusetts
Tucked away in a quiet industrial park off Storrow Drive is the lyrically named and heavily stocked Freddy Farkel's Fabric Outlet.
Its enormous warehouse contains thousands of deeply discounted upholstery and drapery fabrics — some as much as 50-70% off! A little digging usually turns up some amazing deals on designer fabrics and remnants (like the ones featured above). In addition to the fabric they have in stock, you can peruse hundreds of sample books and stock up on notions, cushion foam, and pillow forms.
You won't find the same selection of high-end luxury fabrics they carry at Zimmans, but you won't have to leave Boston or spend a fortune reupholstering that flea market find. And while they aren't necessarily known for their customer service, it's hard to complain when you snag a discontinued Marimekko print for only $25/yard.
Freddy Farkel's (also known as the Fabric Showplace at Freddy Farkel's) is located at 86 Coolidge Avenue in Watertown, Massachusetts. They're open Monday through Saturday 9:30-5:00. They don't have a public restroom, but they do have a cat and ample free parking.
Images: Ronee Saroff