Freddy Farkel’s Fabric Showcase Closing After 92 Years, Holding Closeout Sale

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Freddy Farkel’s Fabrics Showcase on Walnut Street will be closing. The business started in Brighton in 1927. (Photo from

A Boston-area fabric institution is holding a closeout sale after losing its lease on its space on Walnut Street.

Freddy Farkel’s Fabric Showcase started in Brighton, and now has its showroom in Watertown. The store opened in 1927, and has been run by four generations.

The current owner, Freddie Farkel, has been in the business for more than 75 years, and told the that he loves being a salesman, and was taught by his father to be personable and understanding, and to give honest advice. He added that he loves to answer the phone.

“I say, ‘This is Fred,’ and they’ll say, ‘Freddie Farkel?’ And I say, ‘yes,'” he told in 2017.

One of the first customers he served was Cardinal Cushing who was looking to upholster some pews, and he also did work for the Kennedys, reupholstering furniture sent by Ethel Kennedy in Virginia.

Freddy’s Fabrics has been know for its deals, and Farkel said they would sell a fabric that retails for $60 a yard for $35 to $40.

The Freddy Farkel’s Fabric Showcase website is advertising a big closeout sale. The website reads:

“Unfortunately, we lost our lease and our store is closing, but that means you get to save big on all our inventory in stock. Get 50% – 75% off on everything, from SUNBRELLA to VELVET, ORGANIC COTTON to VINYLS and everything in between. We have SHEERS, LINENS, WOVENS, CANVAS, EMBROIDERIES, REMNANTS, LEATHER, TRIMS, SAMPLE SQUARES, and more. Shop early for the largest selection, and come back often for more fabrics being rolled and priced. Whether you’re an Upholsterer, Draper, Slipcoverer, Stitcher, Crafter, Decorator, Designer, Costumier, Art & Sewing Teacher, Seamstress, or just love to sew, you don’t want to miss this sale. Winter’s coming time to build your stash.

“After 92 years and 3 generations, we’ll be joining forces with a NATIONAL HOME DECOR RETAILER to continue to offer you Fabulous Fabrics for the Fanatically Frugal. Stay tuned for new store info! Please come visit us NOW for great buys!!”

3 thoughts on “Freddy Farkel’s Fabric Showcase Closing After 92 Years, Holding Closeout Sale

  1. I had Janet Shapiro, owner of Freddy Farrell Fabric Showcase, reupholster a sectional which the cost was over $8,000. There was an issue with the workmanship, which she observed and agreed that it should be fixed. She stated that she stood behind her work and it would be repaired. It has been 5 months and nothing has been done.

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