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Thread: How do I downsize my stash?

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    Man, I'm in Illinois and that is so tempting. I agree, when you sell here, wait till money is received and then ship. Is it because of transportation to ship? Maybe a friend can help.
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    Wow, that is a lot of fabric. We had one gal in our guild who rented a table in our quilt show and sold her stash that way. She enjoyed talking with everyone and she sold a lot of her stash. I think our tables went for $20 or $40 for two days. My guild also had a yardage sale, we had the fabrics wrapped up in bundles on 1/4 yd 1/2 yd 1 yd 2 yd and wrapped each bundle with a piece of yard to signify the cost. It was labor intensive but really made it easy at our sale. We made about $650 and plan on doing another one next month!!

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    Oh how I wish you could sale & ship some, I only started quilting this past November, and could use a bunch and I would be willing to pay the shipping. Please give it some thought, and PM me if you do decide to sale & ship. Thanks Donna
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    I suggest start sewing like mad!!!!! lol

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    you can dontate some to the centers that have quilting classes or the rescue i make dog pillows and send them in i have to use my own material and batting so there are plenty of places you can give you material to and it would go to good use as far as selling maybe a church flea market fill some clear bags and put a price on it there are still people that sew

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    Select a weekend to sell your stash, then announce it at all the local guilds, you'll be surprised how much you can sell quickly. I've known several that did this. I went to one where fabrics were divided by color, then Asians, 1930's etc. Pieces were then also organized into FQ's, 1/2 & full yrds for pricing. You'll make a lot of people very happy.

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    I didn't read through the whole thread, so hopefully I am not repeating someone. Ok, first thing you do is go on the USPS website and order a bunch of Priority mail flat rate shipping boxes. They are free and come in a cases. Pick the sizes you think will work for you. Then fill up the boxes with coordinates or similar colors, however you think is best. Then get a paypal account, super easy to do. And maybe an Ebay account, although if you can sell here that would be good too. You could even sell on Craigslist and just specify that you are shipping. You will need to take pictures of the fabric in each box. I would not give choices, that just complicates things.

    If you sell on Ebay, they are having a thing right now where you can list 50 items a month for free. They also let you use lots of pictures. There is still a final value fee, so consider that when you decide on a price. When you list the shipping price just give the amount for the flat rate box. Ebay has simplified the selling part a lot so it should be quick.

    Ok, after the boxes have sold and you are ready to send them out, just tape them up and go to paypal to print out the labels. You can pay for the shipping out of your paypal account. So no money out of actual pocket. Then when that is done, go to the USPS website and ask for pick up. You never have to leave your house. Your post man will come and get them for you.

    Depending on how much you are thinking of getting rid of, you could make some good cash.

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    I enjoyed reading all the suggestions on here. I too, have a heavy load of stash, magazines, and books that I would like to sell. Like you, don't plan to make a mint but don't really want to just give it all away either. To sell on here I have to be a senior member but only a junior so far. Good luck to you.....and me!

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    i buy alot of stuff from craigs list. kiggi , ebay, they all have a security pay ,thats called pay pal. this way you don;t have to have anyone come in your house. the persom buying from you pays the shipping, a good way to get rid of your stash, good luck.

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    That's not a stash! That's a store! Good heavens you have alot of fabric. I can't imagine the money you have spent on it.
    Since you are aware you will not be able to recoup that money, I would do what Katia (who posted two or three posts above me said). Her advice was great.
    I was going to recommend opening a PayPal account, but the one poster said they are holding monies for 21 days. I don't know about that, but would check into it. Otherwise, I would not accept personal checks for sure.
    Good luck.
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    This is a Great idea..what town in NH? I am sure I will know the shop...
    Quote Originally Posted by Handcraftsbyjen View Post
    Our local quilt shops does a yearly 'quilter's stash yard sale' for customers to rent tables in the classroom area of the shop and in the parking lot (if there are a lot of people interested). You pay the shop $20 and get to sell your stash to other quilters for whatever you want. See if your local shop will do one. It is so much fun! Our shop owner's grand kids have a lemonade stand and the shop owner sells hot dogs. It's a lot of fun.

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    I am in Iowa. I would love to help!

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    I feel your pain in having to downsize. For a quilter you made a hard choise between your sewing machine collection and fabric.....I don't know if I could have done this. However, I do have a couple ideas. First- are you a member of a quilt guild? This is always a good start. Contact a quilting store in the area for other ideas. Then on the shipping thought.
    I know USPS GIVES you the boxes, and then you pay postage according to the weight - or there is one that says if it fits it- ships. Find out what size each of these boxes are, take each one home, and fill it to the brim. Take it back to the PO and have them weight it and how much it costs to ship. so you can include this in to price. Then go on Craigs list and advertize Fabric by the Box. You will know how many yards or fabric you can fit into a box and then charge by the Fabric by the BOX! In the beginning limit the selecetions to colors. 1 box of assorted reds = $???.00. and when you get low on supplies, change your add to Grab Bag and reduce the price to sell.
    We recently had a white elephant sale at our guild and two ladies were selling fabric. One sold for $1.00 a yard and another sold hers for $2.00 /yd Fat quartes were .50. Good luck.

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    You could let your local quilt shop know and local guilds know you have fabric to sell to reduce your stash. You could ask them for suggestions too.
    also people working on charity quilts might be able to help
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    I have a similar problem, but it is finding the time to put it on here. I have been reluctant to even put a pic on here of my stash, I do not want you all swooning. ( wink, wink) Quilt guild or a quilt guild show would work.
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    I think I will move in next door to You..... and you can adopt me...
    that is one big Stash.
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    She who dies with the most fabric wins. I believe you may have already won! I'm sure people would be delighted to pay postage for these beautiful fabrics, especially since you are selling them at a reduced price. I'll be watching for your sale.

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    Our Guild accepts donation fabric at our monthly meetings. It is sold there by the pound. Any that isn't sold goes to the storage locker and comes out to the Bargain Garden at our annual Quilt Show. Sells for $3/grocery bag the first day, then goes down in price the second day, to $2, then $1/bag. The last hour of the show it is free! We get rid of a whole storage locker full by the end of the show, make lots of $$ for the Guild and make lots of quilters/crafters happy!

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    What a great idea! I'll be sure to mention this in our church group. Our stockpile is growing out of the shelves.
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    I went to a sale that a lady had advertised in the paper all fabric 1.00 per yard. She stacked all the fabric she wanted to sale in her dining room. Right inside the front door. People came and bought like crazy.

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    Wow! That's a stash and a half. If you belong to a guild or know of one, I would let them know that you have fabric for sale. You can sell at so much per yard. How old is the fabric?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jean in Ohio13452 View Post
    I think I will move in next door to You..... and you can adopt me...
    that is one big Stash.
    I'm with Jean! Did you know you have a California sister who'll be happy to share the rent (and the stash)?

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    Help also with an answer to downsizing. I too, am afraid of Craig's List as I am alone and don't want strange people coming to me house. I have tried to sell here on QB but not much success except for the first time. I need to downsize because I found the love of my life at our 50th high school reunion. Moving from a big house to a very tiny one. Still will quilt.
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    Wow, that is amazing. That goes to show that it is never too late
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    Quote Originally Posted by LadyElisabeth View Post
    Help also with an answer to downsizing. I too, am afraid of Craig's List as I am alone and don't want strange people coming to me house. I have tried to sell here on QB but not much success except for the first time. I need to downsize because I found the love of my life at our 50th high school reunion. Moving from a big house to a very tiny one. Still will quilt.
    That is so awesome! God bless you both!
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