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Thread: How do so many members have so much to sell?

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    Super Member cwessel47's Avatar
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    I'm often astonished at how much is posted in Buy/Sell/Trade. How does someone find themselves with 30 or 40 yds of fabric to sell at a time?. 6 yds of this and 10 yds of that. I guess I just have to be pleased with myself for having more self control - or is that really just a far smaller pocketbook? I check it out all the time and buy frequently. But... what do the rest of you think? Is it just me?

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    No, I also wonder that.

    I am a person who buys what I need for a project. When I finish a project I select a few "nice size" pieces and put them in my ONE scrap bin. The rest go to the ladies from the Guild who make charity scrap blankets.

    So, to see all the fabric folks have ... it would stress me out.

    I guess that's the best part of quilting -there's enough room under this big, beautiful quilt for all of our differing approaches!

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    People buy large quantities for many reasons. Some yardage is purchased for projects that don't come to fruition; some is bought at a great discount and passed on, either here or via ebay, etsy, etc.

    I'm sure others will be along to tell their stories shortly, but everyone has one. I highly doubt in most cases it's a matter of self control. ;)

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    I could fill my home with fabric and be a very happy camper LOL I do try and exercise a little bit of self control though. It is nice to be able to go to my stash and pull out enough fabric for a quilt :D:D:D

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    I for one love fabric and buy much more than I need, but not to the point to sell yet. I have bought bolts at good prices and buy from the board alot.

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    I inherited my mil's fabric when she passed. She owned a quilt shop and kept some of every fabric in the shop for herself plus loads of extra stuff. I already had a room half full of fabrics for projects I plan to do. I have 3 sewing rooms complete with machines and all the stuff needed to sew in each one :) It's not a hobby, it's a life style for me :) I always feel so loved and special! Of course the word spoiled is used a lot for me too :) I don't sell anything tho. I just haven't felt like figuring it all out.

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    I don't know about anyone else with large amounts of fabric to sell but I can speak for a friend who does not post on this board, but who inherited a huge amount of fabric from a relative who had a custom sewing business and apparently routinely bought out fabric stores going out of business. She was only able to rescue a couple trailer loads of the fabric and some of the sewing machines. Most of the fabric was on the original bolts. She sold most of it in a series of sales at anywhere from $1 a yard on up to much more for the silks and fur.
    She still has a couple of armoires (sp) full but most of the 'good stuff has sold.

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    I am pleased they are selling. I now can't really afford fabric at the LQS due to the price increases. I do shop at Walmart now but there is almost no selection and some of it is of very poor quality. I do think we all come from varies back grounds and varies income brackets. I am holding on to everything I have as our income has significantly decreased over the last 3 plus years and I will not be able to replace it with the same quality. That said I have been working my way through my stash and I am happy to find $4-5 a yard fabrics here on the board.

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    some people buy lots thru craiglists sort thru and keep what they want and then sell the rest thru here.

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    When people find out I make quilts they will "unload" some of their stock pile on me. I think it is to clean out their closet because they don't need it or want it any more.

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    Ok so here is my story. I started quilting one and a half year ago and fell in love with it. It is mainly as a hobby but every now and then i sell quilts but not much (hoping now to be able to do more). Since me and my husband are thinking to go back home (Jordan) in three years, i started hunting for good bargains of fabrics especially by the bolt and all kinds of books and notions (the whole nine yard) so i can take with me since we don't have any of that back there. Most of my hunting was through craigslist and estate sales and local shops going out of business. Fabric is not cheap as we all know so to get Moda fabric for example locally (no tax and no shipping) for $4-$5/yard is a deal. I don't buy cheap fabrics because i will never waste my long hours on something that i intend to keep for a long time and enjoy, and ofcourse i can't afford the high $ priced fabric. If i make bargains for large amounts and buy the whole thing, there has to be something that i don't like (just not my taste) so i sell here because i know someone will love it:)

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    I've only bought from the sellers. I have always been very pleased on what I recieved. I look in the classifieds everyday.

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    I have often wondered too, I am more likely to give away fabric than sell it. But I do have a bad habit seeing fabric on sale that I believe will make a wonderful backing so buy 6-7 years. It has to be a great sale, but I have bought the fabric. Trying very hard to stop doing it, for no other reason it is just a waste of money.

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    I am pleased they are selling. I now can't really afford fabric at the LQS due to the price increases. I am a person who buys what I need for a project. I don't have a lot either I just get as I go and I do a lot for charitys too. So when I am on the hunt I come here and for the most part find what I am looking for for an awesome price. It does my heart good to see so many share and sell for a really good price. It makes my quilting days go futher.

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    I used to work at a national fabric store (where with sales and employee discount it was cheap) and I was sewing and not quilting so I would buy a large amount as some items could easily use up 4-8 yards for an outfit or gathered dress (Think Daisy Kingdom) and the intended child just out grew the pattern size before I got to it. Mostly it was UFO's I never got to or changed my mind. I just cut off what I want and am selling the extra yardage I don't want.

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    Well as a fabric hoarder..who doesn't sell any of it...LOL.

    I didn't understand the 10 yards at a whack either until you make a few queen/king size quits and you need backings. I used to have two totes a fabric before I started working at a LQS...and have since quit to open my own LAQ business.

    I digress...another thing is that if you get something on sale for 3$ a yard..it's hard not to buy all of it because you think you could use it for something right?
    I have gotten batter about that....unless I know I can use it for a backing. I only buy LQS material myself..so to get a good deal on it is really hard to pass up.

    But I tend to only buy 2-3 yard cuts of pieces I like..unless it is for a specific project.

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    Some people just like to shop, gather, collect. Others like to sew.

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    I have a huge stash, i dont' sell any unless i got it along with something else at a tag sale and i know i will never use it. I like being able to shop my stash to make a quilt.
    About 90% of my fabric i purchased on sale or at a garage sale,the rest i just couldn't resist.

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    I, too, am glad that members have an outlet here for their "leftovers". As I said, I am a frequent buyer. It must just be my scrappy approach that can't imagine a use for 10 yards of material at a time unless it was solid black, or white or bolts of muslin.
    For those that fall into the realm of inheritance or estate sale, or store closing, or Craig's list and Goodwill - just scoring a bargain - I say more power to ya. Passing on the score is also a wonderful thing.
    That said - I rarely buy more than a half yard at a time. I'm a scrapper. I buy rems and occasionally a 2 1/2 yard piece for borders. Hence my astonishment.
    I'm not trying to make anyone uncomfortable - just finding common ground.

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    I am just happy to be able to find things I am looking for here...

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    I buy any quilting notion that is half price or less on clearance. I have enough of the basics like rotary blades, needles, pins, rulers, and mats to last me for years. I don't have to worry about high prices later on. Now I'm buying good thread when I find it on sale. I found Isacord thread on sale today for $3.59 for 1000 m spool. This is excellent thread for machine quilting and embroidery.

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    I really enjoy checking out what people have to sell, its very interesting to see, I have purchased the end of the bolt a lot because it is at a discount if you buy it that way, thus, I end up with more yardage that what I had intended to get

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    I haven't sold yet but do have plenty to sell if I so choose.
    When my aunt passed, my uncle asked if I wanted some fabric. When I went to get it there were 11 large totes. I
    have purchased full bolts at store closing sales. Two years ago, I went to I went to an estate sale of a lqs owner. Fabric was $1.00 a yard. I bought several bolts of moda.
    I don't feel guilty if I still buy more. I work hard, have a good job. This is my hobby, my passion and my only vice.
    All of my stash is now organized in a glass front cabinet. I smile everytime I walk in that room.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mcdaniel023
    I haven't sold yet but do have plenty to sell if I so choose.
    When my aunt passed, my uncle asked if I wanted some fabric. When I went to get it there were 11 large totes. I
    have purchased full bolts at store closing sales. Two years ago, I went to I went to an estate sale of a lqs owner. Fabric was $1.00 a yard. I bought several bolts of moda.
    I don't feel guilty if I still buy more. I work hard, have a good job. This is my hobby, my passion and my only vice.
    All of my stash is now organized in a glass front cabinet. I smile everytime I walk in that room.
    You could not have said this better. This exactly how I feel.

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    I have a lot of fabric because i am ADDICTED to it!!!! If i see one i like, i get as much as i can. I have gotten quite a bit that is on sale, some at 1.00 yd! You never know when you will have just the right fabric for that special project.

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