I love sewing. I love making it, planning it, finishing it, picking out cloth. But to pick out cloth you have to have some. When I was little someone gave me a huge bin of cloth. I loved it, using it, seeing it. Now family members give me cloth, and I never let anyone throw away cloth, I always save it for projects. For years there has been a huge bin of cloth in the corner of our basement, waiting to be used. Most of what I get is hand me down, so it is not all wonderful. You can make wonderful things out of it, but sometimes you just want nice cloth. This is where thrift stores come in. You can buy sheets really cheap, and they have a lot of cloth on them. I got these three sheets for less than 5$! More money to spend on patterns!
Of course sometimes you will want to buy cloth, but it can be useful to know where to get cheap cloth.