I stared shopping on eBay in 2005 or thereabouts, mostly to feed my collection of turquoise-blue milk glass, but I slowly became aware that some truely incredible fabrics, and some great deals, could be found there. Since then I have made two major moves, relocating to vastly different places in the US and I've discovered that eBay us always there for me. :) My only local fabric store is a vastly inadequate JoAnne fabrics and I have almost zero chance of finding something I really want there, but....
Say I want six or more yards of smashing silk for a steampunk ball gown for about $60?
And it is so wonderful that I just have to find natural fiber lace to trim it. In fact I need enough to make pleated lace trim!
How does 27 meters of cotton lace grab you?
Works for me!
Or maybe I just happen to see a really great fabric and feel the need to transform it into a skirt.
Or I happen upon the most wonderful tapestry fabric and decide to drape a room in it?
I strategize a lot, and I've learned to hold out for a fabric I love at a price I love too, but on eBay I get access to some truely incredible things. You'd never guess I live far far away from the world of great fabrics.