oh, I know exactly how you feel, it's the same here in Germany. I have to import minky from the USA to get some and the prices for one metre are twice as expensive as the most expensive velvet fabric which I get here in town. But I heard, fabric.com has some great sale offers at the moment, maybe that's interesting for you too. they have even a coupon code (thx1212) where you get -15%. now the prices are fine with me - even with international shipping costs. just a little hint, maybe it's useful for you. best wishes!!