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    Let's face it -

    Some people want items cleaned, repaired, delivered, and installed - all for free!!

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    Knowing the prices of good fabric, I would definitely buy it at a yard sale for $2.00 or $3.00 a yard! I just had a yard sale myself, though, and realized that people come there with a different mindset than they would have somewhere else.
    Hopefully you can find someone who knows it's value and won't have to sell it for pennies. Good luck!
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    I had a quilting cleaning out, and sent notices to all the quilt guilds in the city, letting them know I was cleaning out my stash, I priced my fabric at $5.00 a yard, and sold out fast.
    and I would of just told that couple to unload their purse, and said the police are on the way!,

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    Quote Originally Posted by bearisgray View Post
    Let's face it -

    Some people want items cleaned, repaired, delivered, and installed - all for free!!
    AMEN!!!! Especially at a yard sale...they figure you don't want it anymore, might as well GIVE it them! So they can in turn sell it on board, or a in their junk shop!

    I had a sale this weekend...had a brand new still in the package Olipfa ruler, 5" x 24" and was asking $8...a lady said " that is the stupidest price I have seen on "USED" ruler...you need to just donate it"! Really???? It is a $16 ruler if you walk to the store...I thought 1/2 price was a bargain!

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    I hate thieves! I would have gone to them and let them know they needed to put it back on the table or pay for it. Also, I would have said it in a loud voice so everyone in the driveway/garage would hear it! If you steal, you deserve to be embarrased.

    I think your prices for good quilting quality fabric is fair - I would have bought it. I might have asked for a little discount if I purchased a large amount. I always love to buy books for $2 or $3 each - they are so expensive new that I think any price that is less than 75% is fair. We all get those 40% coupons in the mail for brand new books so I never want to pay more than I would with a coupon at the store.

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    People are going to complain if you give it away...not the right color, width, length. I think having a "quilters" sale helps as they are going to be glad to get 1/2 price fabric and know quality, so don't mix it with normal garage sale items, i.e., pots, pans, clothing, etc.

    As for the shoplifters, shame on them. Dressed nice and nice car doesn't always mean they have money (maybe a lot of bills), but I would have called them out.

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    People expect you to "give" your things away at yard sales.

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    I would think $2-3 a yard is a bargain for quilt shop quality fabric. And the shop lifters: I would have hollered "I know you are about my age, and I know what I'm selling. Did you forget to pay for what you put in your bag?" I have no patience with stealing.

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    I did sell alot of the fabric and we are having it again this weekend but my grandson is helping to watch as I have more to add. I did have some walmart fabric but that was priced lower. My good fabric was higher. The quilters that did buy thought my prices were reasonable and a couple spent over $130. I did throw some in free to those. Hopefully this weekend will do as good. I didn't realize that you could sell on the QB. Will have to check it out as I have tons of fabric and won't be able to sew it all before I go to the great beyond. The sad part is I see more fabric or kits that I like and have this stupid habit of buying more. Thanks you all your input.

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    Be sure to read the guidelines for selling before posting any ads:

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/items-s...g-t165381.html

    There had been some misuse and abuse of the privilege at one time - so - that's why these rules/guidelines were put in place.

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    I depends if I want it. I tend to pay a little more so $3 a yard for nice fabric would be it for me and then I would only buy what I really want and like. If it is $1 I would get way more like $50.
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    Thank you for asking about garage sale pricing. Now that I am retired, I have a storage shed with fabric that goes back to 1990's (?) if not earlier. I worked at House of Fabric, Fabricland, and now Beverly's Fabrics and Crafts. I promised my husband that I would clean out my "sewing shed" along with my sewing room and part of the garage this summer. I was contemplating have a "Sewing Garage Sale" but now I am not sure I want to do that. Is there any restrictions on posting my fabric on this site?
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    I would be glad to buy it for 2-3 dollars a yard. Bring it on.

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    Ironically, I went to City Wide sale this weekend. I bought stuff at one place and carried it with me to the next, since I had parked some distance between them all. I was SO worried they would think I had "lifted" something from their sale.

    I also wonder, since it was an older couple, if they had put it in their bag, intending to pay for it, and forgot.

    I digress.... I agree that you would get a better price for your fabric here. I know when I go to a garage sale I "dicker". I never intend to pay the listed price.
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    I agree with Grannie Annie. Actually, the traditional garage sale price for anything in good shape is 10 cents on the dollar of current retail. This has been the case for generations (remember "Second Hand Rose"?). The concept is that people are really eager to get rid of their stuff and don't want the bother of selling some other way (newspaper ads, eBay, Craigslist, etc. - or how about right here on the QB?!). Most methods of selling provide category sorting, or even, in the case of things found via computers, very specific search responses. When you go to a garage sale you have invested gas and a lot of your time gambling that there might possibly be something you'd want at a big saving.

    That said, if I found your fabric at the price you were asking I would have snapped it up and been quite delighted. That's because I'm a quilter and a fabric fiend. The chances are pretty good that people who spotted the fabric at your garage sale are neither. They were just looking at it as having some possible purpose maybe. They're not invested in the idea of getting good fabric in the same way that we are and may not know what it's worth, and so they want it dirt cheap.

    I had a few garage sales but got discouraged because - although the vast majority of people are honest - every time there was at least one rotten apple. One time I was having a sale with a neighbor and someone pulled the price sticker off a cheap item and put it on a much more expensive item of hers. They came up when I was very busy and distracted (possibly by someone working with them, interrupting me with a question), and I messed up and sold the item before I realized what happened. That was my last garage sale.

    It can be quite dangerous to confront strangers who have already demonstrated for you that they do not respect social norms. They just might be crazy enough to pull a gun. I would have done as you did and chalked it up to experience.

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    I have had some very RUDE comments when I sold fabric for $5/yd - good LQS fabric.
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    Athenascooter, it sounds like you had a very successful sale this weekend. Your fabric must have been priced well. Best wishes for the follow-up sale this coming weekend!

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    As a prospective buyer - if I don't like the price, I walk away.

    I might do a "would you consider $ for some item?" and see what happens - especially if it's something I'm only somewhat interested in. I consider "negotiating" part of the shopping experience - as either a buyer or seller. If the seller doesn't like the offer - he/she can say no, give a counter-offer, or agree to my offer.

    It's your stuff - if you want to charge $100 a yard for something, you can.

    Like my Mom used to say - Fabric doesn't eat much (except space) - and usually doesn't have to be taken outside for potty breaks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rose_P View Post
    Actually, the traditional garage sale price for anything in good shape is 10 cents on the dollar of current retail. This has been the case for generations (remember "Second Hand Rose"?).
    Perhaps in the 19th and 20th century it was like that in some places but certainly does not hold true in the 21st century. I have held hundreds of yard sales over the last 40 years and in various parts of the country and have never sold anything for 10 cents on the dollar.

    Around here you will be lucky to find anything at yard/garage sales or flea markets that isn't closer to be at 50% retail.

    Before I sold anything in a yard/garage sale or flea market for ten cents on the dollar I'd donate it to charitable organizations.

    I haven't held any yard sales in last decade because our city now has an ordinace that you can't hold them but twice a year and must get a permit to do so. If you get caught doing so without a permit or more than twice a year you will get a ticket and pay a fine. It's just not worth it anymore.
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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltingcandy View Post
    I have not had the luck to find a yard sale with fabric, but would be thrilled to find good fabric @ $2.00 a yard. I see it here on the board for $5.00 + a yard with postage on top of that, so $2.00 - $3.00 @ least gives you some bargaining room for those folks that love to barter.

    As for the shop-lifting not sure what I would do. It seems hard to believe they both did it by accident, but I would hope that I would say something to them just to let them know it was not okay to just take the items. It's one thing to ask if the prices were negotiable it's another just to take them.
    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.
    I feel the same. When my kids were little, I had a garage sale. I priced some of my DD's adorable baby dresses at $1.50. They were practically brand new as she had so many that were shower gifts that she outgrew them before she wore them more than once or twice. A lady came in and asked if I would take less. She said she had seen some at another garage sale for 10 cents each. I said, "That is really a bargain! I think you should go back and buy them." She left in a huff and I sold the dresses to someone else that thought $1.50 was a bargain. lol

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    Yardage is a different animal than scraps or leftovers and are priced accordingly - with cotton fabric going retail for between $10-$12 per yard, $2 & $3 a yard for fabric in good shape is still a great deal. Complaining about pricing is either a sales tactic or an annoying trait, both of which I blow off.

    I always have a masterlist of the full inventory of what I am selling with the correct price, and each item has a pricetag with a code and price. When I see someone switching pricetags it gets "corrected" at checkout when I pull out the master list.

    I handle shoplifting straight on: I quietly take the items from them (they're not their until it's paid for) and ask them to leave immediately or I will call the cops with their license plate and full description of them and the car. (This is, of course, after watching them "long enough" to be certain they're doing what I wish they weren't.) I am not afraid to offend thieves (who aren't in need), and anyone else contemplating the same moves knows I am watching.

    (By the way, I have VERY successful garale sales!)
    Last edited by Wunder-Mar; 05-17-2012 at 04:08 AM.

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