Although I would love to live out in the boonies on a few acres or at least far away from all the L.A. traffic, there are times I am thankful to live in this sprawling metropolis full of great vintage resources. I wandered into M & L Fabric hoping to find a simple vinyl upholstery to match with my 1949 golden yellow linen formica dinette table and chairs. Back in the days when I used to make a lot of costumes, I frequented M & L fabrics on a some what regular basis, but I had not been in there in years. This place is amazing with a giant warehouse sized store with both discount, discontinued, and new fabrics, including a large selection of interesting upholstery and vinyls, like Naugahyde.
As far as know, they don’t do orders online, but if you are in the L.A. Orange County area, it is worth stopping by. However, their inventory constantly changes, and what is in there one week, might be gone the next. On my most recent trip in there, the coolest items I found in the vinyl section in the back room were the a couple dozen almost full rolls of sparkle vinyl, perfect for recovering chairs for a 1950’s diner table, especially for anyone looking for a substitute for cracked Ice vinyl. All the rolls were under $14 a yd. They also had some neat mid century modern patterns and 1960’s looking vinyls that had roses, leaves, or swirly patterns. Most of the mid century vinyls were either gold, burgundy, copper, or silver. I took pictures of all the ones I liked, but they had many more weird and wild ones to look at, as well as plain shades of blue, green, beige, yellow, red, and brown. This is the place I bought the yellow and dark red vinyl naugahyde to recover the chairs for my 1949 Howell dinette set.
While I was in there I also browsed through all the quilting and home decor fabrics. They had a few that had retro designs, but I already bought a vintage kitchen fabric off ebay last month.
The store is located at:
M & L Discount Fabrics 3430 West Ball Road, Anaheim, CA 92804. 714-995-3178
If you have any other great sources for vintage fabrics online, please leave a comment to let me know. Thanks! – Lianne