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    save your fabric and sell it here. you will get more for it and it would be sold to quilters.
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    One of our guilds had their quilt show and a huge room was devoted to quilt items for sale including fabric. It was all $2 per yard and flying out the door.

    I dont mind paying $3-4 per yard at a garage sale but it has to be what I will need for a particular project or some collection of fat quarters that are just wonderful. I have been to 3 in the last few weeks.

    1. Sold all fabric by the pound. Needed to do this because of all the sizes and lack of room to lay out and cut. Worked well for everyone and was easy to check out. I think they priced too low but still had fabric left over. $4 per pound. Did not matter if 6 yards or a box of scraps.

    2. Not priced or ready to sell "wife ran out" sale. We could only agree on the prices for some really good kits and I actually spent 50% off retail for one kit I wanted. Got another one for $40 that was missing one month (but I can easily make it up from leftover fabrics and got the pattern from the company) that sold for $250 on ebay at the same time. If his helper had properly organized it, there was a couple of thousand dollars she could have made from the items.
    3. Fabric saleswoman was selling excess stash. Got 62 coord. fat quarters for $36 with the ribbon still around them. Fabric was $3 per yard and well worth it. Spent $200 and was happy to do it.

    I always remember that I can get fabric from Eleanor Burns at her sales in Paducah for $5 a yard (minus any special daily discounts) and consider this when evaluating garage sales.

    Older fabrics or "Walmart type" fabrics I will only look at for charity quilts or their backs and would only spend about $1 per yard on a good day. Once I filled the back of my Accord from side to side with well stored vintage cottons for a total of $75. They had finished selling fabric on Ebay and this was perfect for quilt backs. Just a garage sale we stopped at.

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    As for shoplifting, I would have absolutely said something very loudly! Like "I can not believe that you just stuck that in your purse. Are you actually stealing at a yard sale?" I'm very vocal when I see someone doing something so wrong, like stealing from another person.
    And I think your prices are reasonable. Like you said, we pay at least that here on the board and then we have to add in shipping and we don't have the chance to really look and feel the materal here. I think yard sellers just want to spend very little for as much as they can. I had someone tell me at a yard sale of mine once that my prices were out of line, but I sold most of everything by the end of the day. And my yard sale was from 9 am to 2 pm. But I understand how people think that a yard sale is suppose to be a real bargain. Some times people don't know what they are selling and are "giving" expensive things away for next to nothing.
    I quit going to yard sales quite a few years ago because I don't need another thing in my house and it seems like I always find something at a yard sale that I can't live without. So I don't go.
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    If I liked it I wouldn't mind paying that at all---in fact, I'd been happy to only have to pay that small amount.

    Some people will always steal no matter what, others won't steal even if you try to let them by charging them less than they new they were supposed to pay. That happened to me at a garage sale just yesterday. The lady told me that I owed her $3.50. I told her that she needed to add me up again because I new that wasn't right. What I actually owed was $5.25.
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    Just this weekend, I had an interesting time at a garage sale. 6 yards of beautiful yellow fabric for 6 dollars.
    I still feel bad, I did not have enough money on me to buy it! I will carry more cash next time!

    Your price is reasonable!

    As far as the "stealing" I have no tolerance at all for this behavior!

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    Quote Originally Posted by athenascooter View Post
    I am having a garage sale and have priced my fabric (most of it is quilt shop $9 - $12 A yard) at $2 - $3 a yard and have had alot of quilters complaining that it is too high priced. What do you price it at? I was also shocked to see a women about 70 shop lifting. Her husband put movies in their bag with purchases from next door and she was putting Aida cloth in her purse. If they were hard off I would have given them it if asked but they were dress to the high and driving a newer car. Would you have asked for payment of the items or as I did not say anything.
    The quilters want you to give them the fabric absolutely free. Even though they probably have the money to buy your stuff with ease. As for the older people, shoplifting is a game to them. Not only they want something for nothing, they want to see if they can get away with the stuff. That is why I don't have yard/garage sales.

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    The sad thing is that the folks who have so very little always make sure they pay, while those who seem to have a lot try to steal. I think a previous poster was right when they said, "It's a game." And you were so shocked that it was hard to find the right words. We just had an auction and the folks were supposed to take everything from their lot away...whether they wanted it or not. They didn't and we've spent the last month cleaning the left behinds. I think TV shows are leading to some of the bad behavior. in MHO.
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    Quote Originally Posted by athenascooter View Post
    I am having a garage sale and have priced my fabric (most of it is quilt shop $9 - $12 A yard) at $2 - $3 a yard and have had alot of quilters complaining that it is too high priced. What do you price it at? I was also shocked to see a women about 70 shop lifting. Her husband put movies in their bag with purchases from next door and she was putting Aida cloth in her purse. If they were hard off I would have given them it if asked but they were dress to the high and driving a newer car. Would you have asked for payment of the items or as I did not say anything.
    Regarding the fabric prices if they are not willing to pay at least $2-3 a yard tell them to move on. It's ridiculous for folks to think they can go to a garage sale and get something for a few pennies on a $10-12 a yard fabric.

    As for the couple shoplifting I would have challenged them to pay and if they made a stink of it and took off I'd have gotten there car tag number and called the police and had them charged for shoplifting or theft by taking. There is no excuse for there actions. Someone needs to stop them. If they did it at your sale they are doing it elsewhere.

    Don't know why folks think they can come to a garage/yard sale and get things for free by taking it or thinking they can get it for a quarter.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Scissor Queen View Post
    I think your price is fine. My general take on garage sales is, it's my stuff and if you don't like my price you don't have to buy it.
    My sentiments exactly.
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    Did you sell much with your prices the way they were? Unless traffic was light at your sale, the market will tell you what the right price to move the fabric is. The larger question is this -- what price are you ok with? Selling our good fabric involves our emotions.

    And shoplifting at a garage sale (or anywhere) is deplorable! It is awkward to confront people when there is a crowd and you are busy with the sale. But even if you aren't successful in getting them to pay, calling attention to them and letting them know that you saw it will be an embarrassment to them and may put a damper on their shoplifting.

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    People want really cheap at garage sales.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Scissor Queen View Post
    I think your price is fine. My general take on garage sales is, it's my stuff and if you don't like my price you don't have to buy it.
    DITTO! It's not up to buyers as to how much you charge. Either pay it, or or counter-offer. If you feel your price is fair, and it truly is, too bad if they don;t want to pay it. This is why I HATE having yard sales. Folks offer you 50 cents for a dining table and chairs then get huffy if you don't jump on it... And as for the thieves I would have marched right up to them and told them I saw them stealing.... They probably get away with it all the time.... sad...

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    I gave up on doing garage sales years ago. People practically expect you to pay them to take it away. If it isn't worth any more than that, I throw it away. Otherwise, I give it to charity.
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    I put a bunch out at 1.00 yard. Sold some kept some. I refused to lower prices unless they were buying a lot of other things. Fabrics I didn't want to return to stash I donated to chairity like Angels of Mercy they do Pillowcase dress projects, Schools also looks for stuff like that. Quilt stores often collect fabric for linus project. Also your local animal pound can use it. You will at least get more on your donation as a tax write off. Make sure you list what you donate. IE 3 yards of yellow cotton valued at 12.00 and so on in case of an aduit.
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    I don't sell stuff I don't want any more. I take it to the Goodwill, ask for a receipt, and turn it in on my taxes. I get some credit off what income taxes I have to pay, hopefully someone needy gets what I don't want/need any more, and I don't have to fool with people bargaining on what I think my stuff is worth. I only have to sort it and carry it out once, unlike the last yard sale I had many years ago where most of it didn't sell and I had to haul it all back inside. It's all good.

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    sounds fair to me, can't believe people would shoplift at a garage sale... argggg!

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    Sounds like a lot of us have given up on having garage sales!
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    Your prices are good for your fabric but when I go to yard and garage sales I have never paid more than 50 cents a yard.

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    garage sales is usually by the piece not the yard and persinallly I look for cheaper prices as you would have done vetter selling on the board

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    I've found that garage-sale buyers have an unreasonable urge to negotiate. I had a glass that I had marked 10 cents. He wanted to know if I'd take 5 cents.

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    I think you are too low, people just want something for nothing and when they don't get they complain, i think $4.00-5.00 was a great price
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    I paid $1.50 to $2.00 per yard at the last garage sale I purchased fabric this spring.

    I paid $1.50 for fat quarters about two years ago - because I wanted those prints for a project that I was contributing to.

    I will sometimes try negotiating with the seller - there have even been times I've paid more than was asked!

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    I think it's a good price but you will get those who scoff at it. a real quilter and stash builder will jump at it if they like the fabric.

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    Quote Originally Posted by athenascooter View Post
    I am having a garage sale and have priced my fabric (most of it is quilt shop $9 - $12 A yard) at $2 - $3 a yard and have had alot of quilters complaining that it is too high priced. What do you price it at? I was also shocked to see a women about 70 shop lifting. Her husband put movies in their bag with purchases from next door and she was putting Aida cloth in her purse. If they were hard off I would have given them it if asked but they were dress to the high and driving a newer car. Would you have asked for payment of the items or as I did not say anything.
    I would have said sorry but those are not in the free box.
    your prices are fair but as others said they are looking for good but cheap. good luck
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    Quote Originally Posted by Scissor Queen View Post
    I think your price is fine. My general take on garage sales is, it's my stuff and if you don't like my price you don't have to buy it.

    EXACTLY my take....now I won't pay $3yd for OLD walmart fabric, and I know my fabrics, but would expect to pay that and more for newer 1999 and up fabric from quality makers!

    as for the shop lifting...yep...the older and nicer the more they are hurting and will steal it all!

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