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Thread: Best way to sell my fabric?

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    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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    check this topic outlining rules for selling at this site:

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/s-6-1.htm

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    You better real our forum rules before you post any fabric for sale!!! It's not allowed as long as you have the "new user" title under your name. You need to make 20 or more posts in a couple of weeks or so(I think) then it'll say a regular here and then you can sell your fabric. It'll definitely sell here, but do it the right way or you'll be kicked off the board and not allowed to rejoin!!! It's happened to several other people. It seems like alot of people are joining just to sell items. I know times are hard for everyone, but follow the rules!!!

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    i don't know how to sell your fabric,but i do have a White serger to sell,just wasn't sure what the board rules are.pm me for questions?if anyone knows how to go aboutthis,i'd appreciate the info. thanx,dar

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    Quote Originally Posted by dar627742
    i don't know how to sell your fabric,but i do have a White serger to sell,just wasn't sure what the board rules are.pm me for questions?if anyone knows how to go aboutthis,i'd appreciate the info. thanx,dar
    Read the reply by PatriceJ and it'll show you how to post an item for sale.

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    Hi Linda,

    (please note that I would love to buy your stash, I'm sort of on a spending moratorium because I have no room for more fabric right now)

    anyway, I think there are rules about how long you have to be here to post in the clasiifieds, but maybe the mods will make an exception? You'd have to ask them. People do sell fabric here. We are INTERNATIONAL, and you'd have to ship stuff around.

    If there is a quilt guild or 2 near you, tell them about your yard sale and people will come by and clean out your stash - one of our old guild members decided to concentrate on doll making rather than quilting and sold off his stash in a yard sale - I enjoyed this because I picked up a trunkfull of fabric for between 1 and 2 dollars a yard (and it was really good stuff!). Our guild pretty much cleaned him out.

    anyway, if you have any HOFFMAN CELESTIAL fabric - I will buy it all. (even though my husband will kill me)

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    Sorry,
    Everyone is right. Should have read the rules. I know better but am always in a hurry. Please just remove this post if wrong. Thanks.

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    You can sell it here, as long as you abide by the rules, which aren't too terribly stringent. I think this is a great place to sell, you get a lot of exposure, and there is no fee to sell.
    Another option would be to contact a local quilt shop, to put fliers up there. There is a quilt shop in my area that had a huge "stash busters" sale last year. Basically, you rented a table from them, and sold your fabrics. They did all the advertising for it. There were about 15 different people last year that sold their stuff. (there was no room for more) I think they had a bigger turn-out than they expected, as there was barely room to turn around with all the shoppers.
    Anyways! That would be another option for you. You could talk to a LQS about that to see of they would be willing to help you do something like that.
    Best of luck!

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    Stick it out here. It is not hard to post 20 replies nor is it hard to sell your stuff. Just abideby the rules. It is not that hard.

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    You can post 20 replies really quick on this board. There are a lot of people that will be interested in purchasing your stash. You will benefit by looking at other postings for selling fabric etc. to see how others have done it in the past.

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    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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    If you stay on here long enough to make 20 posts, you may getted hooked again and decide to keep your stash! You will get a big turnout at your yardsale if you advertise fabric, but you wont get much for it. People at yard sales are looking for a deal. I would try to sell it here first to get at least a portion of what it is worth. Good Luck!

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    I've been reading & replying to posts on the Quilting Board for a while now, but don't exactly understand how to become a "Regular" member. Maybe it will happen someday for me as I am trying to cut down my stash as well. There are many great quilters & sometimes it's hard to keep up with the posts.

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    If you joined in '07 I can't imagine that you're not considered a regular. I just joined in March this year and am a 'regular'. If it has to do with the number of posts I guess that would explain it. I'm so addicted to this board. Anyway, you can contact board administrator with questions.
    Quote Originally Posted by donnajean
    I've been reading & replying to posts on the Quilting Board for a while now, but don't exactly understand how to become a "Regular" member. Maybe it will happen someday for me as I am trying to cut down my stash as well. There are many great quilters & sometimes it's hard to keep up with the posts.

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    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.
    Welcome to a quilter's dream home! We all love it here, share and learn from everyone. Who knows you may decide to stay a long time and get back into quilting. Or at least be part of the sharing and fun we have.

    If you follow the rules, it doesn't take long to become a regular. Read the Classified section of this board and you will see how others have sold fabric.

    Good luck no matter which way you decide to sell it.

    I'm sure several of us will be watching for your sale posts.
    In the mean time, sit back, relax, enjoy the home feeling.

    :thumbup:

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    20 posts in a two week period will get you regular status. I have been in and out of the shed with this status. Sometimes life does not allow me to post 20 posts even in two weeks. and I don't see a point in posting just to have a "title"!

    BTW! welcome to the board and I am just wondering why you stopped quilting? boardum? Loss of time? What happened? Maybe hanging out here a little bit will change your mood!

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    I had to sell my logarm machine and can't hand quilt anymore because of carpal tunnel/arthritis in thumbs.

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    Regardless of whether you will be a regular or not. Welcome. I do suggest that you give us a try and see if you enjoy our company....birds of a feather and all. Being part of the forum won't take up any more space than you've already used for the computer :).
    Enjoy, and welcome.
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    You could also try posting on Craig's List -

    not as a "garage/yard" sale, but as a "fabric collector's" sale - along with the prices you want to charge - perhaps with pictures.

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    It is a very sad day that you will be giving up your sewing. maybe you could peice tops and maybe machine quilt or send them out. I think that if you are here long enough you will become addicted again. if you don't want to be, then stay away from the pics people post. they will get your quilting juices flowing agian. hehe

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    You could Yard Sale your fabric but you're going to get pennies on the dollar. The kind of buy we all want to find but not so much when we are the seller. LOL. Ebay and Etsy are good places, Craigslist too for locals. Wish I was closer, I'd love to spend time going through your stash! Good luck with whatever you decide and Welcome to the Board! Waving from Arizona!

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    Any ideas on what to charge for fat quarters and yardage?
    Think I will hang around. Like I said, it feels like home already. I still do sewing with home dec and vintage fabrics, just not as obsessively as I did with regular quilting. I think if I can clear out my space of the stuff I don't use I'll enjoy the sewing more. My husband converted two stalls of our 4 car garage into a sewing room for me a few years ago when I got the longarm machine. Now it is so packed with stuff I no longer use that I can't really enjoy it. I love fabric, the colors and texture and went through so many phases including: florals, jewels, primitive, retro look..... But there is no reason to keep it around just because I love it. I also got to thinking, if i were to die, my daughter would be so in trouble. She is so very sentimental that she would not be able to part with it because it belonged to her mom but she is totally not into sewing at all. So, I would probably be responsible for her becoming a packrat and unhappy. We had our family business in Ohio's Amish country for about 10 years and I knew the shortest distance to every one of the quilt shops (which were plentiful) and how to stash my purchases in the trunk so my husband wouldn't notice till I got it home and stashed safely in my sewing room. Most of my lunch breaks every day were spent in the shops. I know you all understand!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sahm4605
    It is a very sad day that you will be giving up your sewing. maybe you could peice tops and maybe machine quilt or send them out. I think that if you are here long enough you will become addicted again. if you don't want to be, then stay away from the pics people post. they will get your quilting juices flowing agian. hehe
    I may still do some smaller collage type things.

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    Well, if you keep looking around this forum at the pics and the tutorials, you may get re-inspired! Plus encouragement abounds here!

    Also, if you mention the nearest town in your state, there may be a member close by that would want to help ya out. :)

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    Take a look at the beautiful purses people are making. Maybe you would like to dabble with that for awhile.

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