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The Mannings Handweaving School and Supply Center - OUT OF BUSINESS

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We invite you to come to our weaving and spinning showroom to experience the subtle and not-so-subtle differences in various brands and models of weaving and spinning equipment. Our goal is to provide you with an opportunity to see and try the looms, wheels and other equipment before you make a purchase.


Mon - Sat:
09:00AM - 04:30PM

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The Mannings Handweaving School and Supply Center has an amazing collection of supplies for the fiber artist, but they have a long history of terrible customer service.

I was ringing up my purchases at the register at closing time today. I looked behind me to see if there were other customers behind me. I asked if I was holding anyone up. One staff member said, "Yes, we all want to go home.". She added that since I was a customer it was okay. Well, thanks for letting me know that I'm a bother.
Also today, after completing a $70 purchase, the woman at the register refused to ring up an $8 item because she said they don't normally accept charges on such a small amount. Really? You can't give a customer who has spent so much in your store a little curtsey?

Also, on a previous visit, when I asked if they could hold some of my items while I shopped, I was sharply and loudly told not to put anything on the counter unless I was purchasing it then. A friend told me she was treated in an identical manner.

I have personally witnessed staff members laughing while gossiping meanly and loudly about other customers. I could hear them very clearly on the other side of a large room which was filled with store fixtures.

On at least two occasions, including today, I have asked a question about a knitting related item and the woman at the register told me loudly (and proudly?) that she since she doesn't knit, she can't answer that question. Many other staff members were there. Why no one else could answer the question was a mystery to me.

Wow, I would hate to see how you would treat me if I wasn't a customer. I am now debating whether to contact the manager or the owner about this. I enjoy the events at the Mannings, and travel quite a distance to attend them. If I attend any more events there, I will certainly avoid purchasing anything. I will certainly never go there again when they do not have an event.


by Doris Wilson on Monday, Jan 24 2011 at 05:16PM CST

I purchased a LeClerc 4 harness loom from Mannings around 1980 I'd like to know the price of a new similar type loom and th price of the used loom. Condition is very good and it has been great weaving a great variety of items.

Appreciate an answer.


by TravelingSt on Thursday, Mar 04 2010 at 07:28PM CST

Imagine a very clean milking parlor recommissioned as a yarn shop. With more barns and sheds (still very clean) added to it. That's what this is. The site is (was?) a working farm. The buildings housing the yarn shop have an industrial feel. The staff is focused on what they do, which includes filling a lot of mail and internet orders, and all are very knowledgeable. This is not the kind of local yarn shop where you sit and get huge doses of personal attention to your own project from the owner. It has the most comprehensive selection I have ever seen anywhere. Recommend highly for a day trip. Lovely places to sit with a picnic lunch as well.


by angielove on Tuesday, May 05 2009 at 08:01AM CDT

Yes, the store is big, with a huge selection of yarn, but the service and atmosphere is seriously lacking. My sister and I were excited to make a half-day trip out to see the store, and when we got there were looking forward to experiencing THE MANNINGS. We had been walking through the store for about 10 minutes before someone finally came out from the back of the store. When we were ready to buy our yarn, the person at the register wasn't even nice, and both people behind the counter seemed put out to help customers. I would not recommend this store to others. It was not worth the trip. The store could totally be awesome, if they had any customer service. Very disappointed.


by astormorray on Tuesday, Apr 28 2009 at 02:08PM CDT

if they don't have it, it may not exist! This place is massive. Mostly focused on knitting and weaving, they also carry fiber for spinning, and have wheels for sale. The book section alone is the size of many yarn shops!

well worth the trip.


by Margie on Friday, Oct 24 2008 at 05:56PM CDT

This is like the Mecca of yarn! Amazing selection. Could browse for hours exploring. Huge book/magazine selection. Also sells wheels and looms. Lots of classes. A wonderful "knit-in" every summer.


by neagley on Friday, Mar 28 2008 at 06:17PM CDT

This place is amazing. It is my favorite LYS yet. Anyone with a passion for fiber will love the enormous selection and very helpful staff at this store.


by Anonymous on Thursday, Feb 21 2008 at 01:25PM CST

Breathe deeply outside. Once you're inside, the yarn pheromones WILL get to you. If you're on the East Coast, you should come for the Knit-In!


by Anonymous on Tuesday, Feb 19 2008 at 05:20PM CST

This is a wonderful place for a day trip. You could spend hours wandering the store looking at everything. The book section is outstanding. If you want to try spinning wheels, there are many available to test.

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