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Old 05-11-2012, 06:19 PM
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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.
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I would of in a loud voice have said" So what goodies did you get from next door that your putting in that lovely bag of yours? Can I see what I missed out on??"

As for the garage sales prices, most- including me- are looking for pieces $.10 up to $.50...
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Old 05-11-2012, 06:36 PM
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I know most people are looking for a huge bargain . . . but I'd rather give the fabric to a charity, than sell it for a few cents on the dollar.

As for the thieves, I'd have loudly said something like, "Oooops! I believe you forgot to pay for that!"
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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.
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Old 05-11-2012, 06:49 PM
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I think quilt shop quality should be priced $4-5/yard. Shopping at a Guild sale a few years ago quilters were complaining about expensive quilting books being priced at $3-4! There's bargain hunting, and then there's just plain cheap. You can sell fabric in the appropriate section here following the rules.
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id be interested in seeing what you had.. Who knows you may be able to sell it here..
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id be interested in seeing what you had.. Who knows you may be able to sell it here..
Me too , please think about selling some/all here
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Old 05-11-2012, 07:48 PM
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If yhour fabric is from quilt shops your price is very reasonable. Was to a rummage sale where the fabric was from Walmart and they had it marked $5.00, what she paid for it. Thought that was terrible.
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Shoplifting at garage sales: I like luvTooQuilt's reply: "I would of in a loud voice have said" So what goodies did you get from next door that your putting in that lovely bag of yours? Can I see what I missed out on??"

Prices: I'm happy to pay $2 - $3 yard for high quality fabric .... but I was wondering why you didn't offer it here first with buyer paying shipping. QB people appreciate good quality.
A lady offered fabric on Craigslist with advertised prices of $1 - $2. I drove 50 miles only to discover her prices were actually $4 - $5. I did buy one piece but was disgusted with myself for driving that far for so little and with her for misleading buyers ... and then, when I went to use the fabric the finished project was wonky !
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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.

IMO, a garage sale is not the place to be selling good fabric, UNLESS you simply want it gone. Your prices are decent for the fabric, just not low enough for a garage sale.
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