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Thread: Best way to sell my fabric?

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    show us some pictures and prices.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nborthwick
    show us some pictures and prices.
    Sorry,
    I'm a new user too and not permitted to post any items for sale yet.

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    You mentioned/asked "what prices should you ask for the fabrics?"

    I think the answer to that depends on several things:

    Are you trying to recover the cost of what you spent on the items?

    Are you "trying to get rid of it"?

    How attached are you to some of the pieces?

    What do you think the people are willing to pay? Or more accurately, what would YOU be willing to pay?

    (There are some people that think you should pay THEM to take the fabric - - I was at a garage sale yesterday, and the seller had most pieces marked at LESS than $0.50 per yard and she told me that someone had complained that her prices were too high)

    My personal opinion - and mine only - is that I consider it "fair/reasonable" to ask for what it would cost to replace a piece with something similar.

    Examples: Most VIPs - I think it's reasonable to ask $4 to $7 per yard for them.
    Most Hoffmans, Kaufmans, Alexander Henrys - $8 to $11 per yard.

    There are exceptions. Right now, Dr. Seuss fabric is frequently going for very high prices on e-bay.

    I also think it's fair/reasonable/sensible to recover the out-of-pocket cost of shipping.

    What you choose to ask is entirely up to you. When I read the classifieds, it varies from people giving things away (postage included) to asking $5.00 for a 10 x 10 inch square of VIP fabric.

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    If you can remember approximately what you paid for it, I think fair and reasonable would be 50% of that. Before I would sell good fabric at a garage sale, I would just give it to fabric lovers.

    Someone on here had their deceased mother's fabric. They took it to the local quilt guild and sold it for $1.00 per yard. I'm sure those were some might happy quilters.

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    Hi,
    I am new here too, but oddly enough, I am thinking
    about selling off a good portion of my stash, as well
    as 20 years of magazines, books, and patterns. I
    am mainly posting so that I can become a 'regular'
    so that I could post my things when I'm ready.
    Marciacp

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    Quote Originally Posted by marciacp
    Hi,
    I am new here too, but oddly enough, I am thinking
    about selling off a good portion of my stash, as well
    as 20 years of magazines, books, and patterns. I
    am mainly posting so that I can become a 'regular'
    so that I could post my things when I'm ready.
    Marciacp
    Oddly enough, I originally stumbled upon this site when I was looking for a place to sell my fabric. After being here for a couple days I find I really like it here and needed to be a part of kindred souls again. I've found some interesting ideas to continue some aspects of my sewing. I still plan on selling the largest portion of my collection when I am permitted to list it, but I will have plenty left to work with and plan to stay on this forum. You might too!

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    I have been lurking around for several weeks now.I love reading about what everyone is working on. I need to seriously think about downsizing my sewing stuff. I have been quilting for over 20 years now and have accumulated a great stash of fabrics (including feedsacks), books, magazines, patterns and notions. I am 48 years old and just have one son, I don't know what he would do with my life time collection of quilty stuff. I will try to post often so I can become a "regular" on the boards!

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    Selling your fabric at the garage sale you mentioned may, in my opinion, be the way to go. Since you mention storing your stash in plastic bins, even tho good quality, it may be damaged unless you've drilled many holes in the plastic for air to flow, and have re-folded from time to time. You may want to check for a local quilt guild and ask for their advice; quilters are very helpful, friendly people for the most part.
    Good Luck

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jude
    Selling your fabric at the garage sale you mentioned may, in my opinion, be the way to go. Since you mention storing your stash in plastic bins, even tho good quality, it may be damaged unless you've drilled many holes in the plastic for air to flow, and have re-folded from time to time. You may want to check for a local quilt guild and ask for their advice; quilters are very helpful, friendly people for the most part.
    Good Luck
    Actually I had thought of that. The fabrics were on shelves in my sewing room until just recently. That's why I am selling them; I can't see any point in storing them.

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    There is a yahoo group called SewItsForSale - go to yahoo groups and put that title in where to look. A great site to sell quilt goodies. Where in Ohio are you? I'm near Cincinnati
    good luck
    Quote Originally Posted by katied772
    Hi,
    I am new here and have some questions. I was an avid quilter for 20+ years. Over the years, like many quilters, I became a fabric addict. In recent years I accumulated a huge stash and was involved with machine quilting. Now, I have not quilted for several years and have come to the realizaton that I probably won't begin quilting again. So, with encouragement (hounding) from my husband, I have decided to sell my stash. I have many rubbermaid tubs full of quilt shop quality fabric, all new. Not sure how to sell it. I'm having a garage sale next week and thought I would just put it in the sale but most people probably won't appreciate it. Is advertising on this site a good idea? And how is it best to do that (by the piece, etc)? I am in Ohio. Don't know if this is a national site or not. I know there used to be an Ohio quilt forum but can't find it now. I also have a large Grace quilting frame, never used. Got it just as I went into machine quilting. I really need to clean out the room I have this stuff in. Any ideas? I had even thought about cutting it into squares and selling on ebay. I did that with vintage chenille pieces last year and it sold well. Thanks for any tips. Linda

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    It's very addictive. If you come here once, you figure out how much you can learn and you keep coming back. But it's a good addiction. :-)


    Quote Originally Posted by katied772
    Thanks everyone. I've looked at some other areas of this site and am realizing how much I miss quilt talk. Feels like home.

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    DonnaJean Look at your picture and your name you say you are a regular. Go to the classified read the directions and go by the rules

    Sally

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    you go girl i want your material lol good luck

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    Not to take away from our Classified section but if push would come to shove, there is always " www.quiltersauction.com".
    I have gotten some very nice fabrics in larger sizing for a very good price. It's pretty decent to get like 3.75 yards and it works out to like $4.00 a yard. This is all new fabric and being able to have enough for a pretty backing, even if it is only 44" is a pretty good deal IMHO... Just a thought in hopes of helping only.

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    I've read only about half of the other answers you received about selling your fabric, so someone else may have already given this suggestion. EBay is a great place to sell fabric. I know this because I can't even guess how many fabric purchases I've made on eBay. Measure each piece and offer it as an auction or a buy-it-now for a set price. Most of what I've bought has cost the same as or close to the price at JoAnn's or any other online fabric sellers. If it's any certain brand, such as Moda, that helps to sell it. Go to eBay and do a search for "fabric" to get an idea of how other sellers are listing theirs. Good luck!

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    LOL!! It is amazing how much quilty stuff that can be accummulated!!! I am such a fabriholic! My tastes have also changed quite a bit over the years and fabric trends do change too. I should really downsize but don't know where I would start :)

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    If you do decide to sell you stash at your yard sale, I would like to suggest that you put an ad on Craigslist (if you have one for your area), specifically for fabric - who knows what that might draw in.

    Of course, as others have suggested you can list it here as well. I see know that you have more than 20 posts but "new user" is still showing under you name. You've hung on to it this long, what's another month or so and you know everybody here would appreciate your stash!

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    Where are you in Ohio? I am in Columbus.

    Am looking for small red and white Christmas prints.

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    I'm new here also, so I can't advise about the rules other than for you to read them. I do buy fabric on eBay quite often and have never had any problems. Just bought 1 yd of Nancy Crow fabric a couple of days ago for $5.00 + $1.51 for shipping. Just a thought for you. Depends on how fast you want to get rid of your stash.

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    Sorry I don't know all the rules but sister and brother quilters do sell things on this forum. Check out the rules to be fair to yourself and us.

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    What is a Grace Quilting Frame?

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    When trying to sell on eBay one must always consider the cost of shipping, either by knowing what it will cost and adding it as a shipping cost, or including it in the beginning asking price. As for blaming the USPS for high cost - how short-sighted! You & I are using the internet as are millions of others. The USPS has fixed expenses too numerous to mention, including a workfoce from whom we demand much and retiree benefits that don't quit. Give them a break....mention other businesses like FedEx and UPS along with them, to name a few.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sjguen
    DonnaJean Look at your picture and your name you say you are a regular. Go to the classified read the directions and go by the rules

    Sally
    I am uncertain how to tell if I am a regular-please explain a bit about finding the picture and name--or is it just what is seen when one puts in a post? Thanx

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    I think USPS is wonderful for service and the price! Our system in Canada does not have the service level the US has and is 2 - 3x the cost for any type of shipping. The other private shipping companies are much more expensive - you really pay for their services.

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    Something to consider: Critics of the USPS don't consider the differences in the services the USPS provides compared to FedEx and UPS. USPS picks up and delivers cards and letters for less than 50 cents each. Junk mail, delivered for even less, is a service to American businesses and in various ways generates jobs for American workers. Cards, letters, and junk mail are dropped into a box on the East Coast and delivered within days to a destination on the West Coast for less than 50 cents! A soda pop, a candy bar, a pack of gum, or a bag of chips costs at least two or three times as much. (Cost of cigarettes? Cost of a can of beer? I don't know, but more than 50 cents.) USPS provides pick-up and delivery service to the front doors (or close to) of all residents of the USA, no matter where they live, no matter what the weather. FedEx and UPS deliver only the "cream" off the top--packages, which are easier to sort and handle and more profitable than any other type of mail.

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