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    Quilting books and magazine Question

    Trying to reorganize my sewing room. I have several Quilting books and many years worth of quilting magazines all organized by what magazine and what year they are. I no longer use them and all are in new like condition. Would like to sell them all very cheaply to be ale to buy more quilting supplies. Does anyone know of a place that buys them, or what do you with them? They are whole years volumes. thanks in advance.

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    You can look up your quilting books on Amazon to see the "Used - Like New" prices. You can decide if it's worthwhile to sell them there. It's pretty easy to list them, but there tends to be a lot of competition so they may not sell.

    Magazines are expensive to mail because they cannot be sent media rate (because of the advertisements in them). You can try eBay or the SewItsForSale group on groups.yahoo.com, but I'm not sure how well they sell. I ended up giving mine to thrift shops and the local library. The library might keep some of them, but mostly I think they sell them at their annual used book sales.

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    ebay At least that is where I buy them. You can also sell them on this board. I am interested.
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    My guild's free table is full of magazines every month. Most are new rarely over a year old. All the older ones are never taken so they are bundled up every three months and taken to thrift stores. When I find them at yard sales they are usually .10 each. Quilting books are in a big box and always .50 each or .25 for the thin booklets. I found one very rare quilt book and told the owner of it's worth. She said she didn't want it. I sold it on Ebay for $85 and donated that to the guild's fund for our MSQC trip. Check the book titles for worth before selling really cheap.
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    If you want to make any money don't go to Half Price. They give you nothing. I took a ton of quilting books but I didn't care about the money. I just wanted them gone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Prism99 View Post
    You can try eBay or the SewItsForSale group on groups.yahoo.com, but I'm not sure how well they sell.
    SewItsForSale is now a group on Facebook. I sell lots of fabric and sewing stuff there. Great place to destash.
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    Thrift stores.....beware!

    I gave a 3 foot high stack of quilt magazines to a thrift store only to find out later that they threw them away, as they do with all magazines! I was heartbroken, since they were still in great shape and could have found good homes. So....Beware!!!!!!!!
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    As others have pointed out, there's not much demand for quilt magazines. I've started just tearing out any patterns that I like and throwing the rest away. I'm discontinuing almost all magazine subscriptions, but I still find myself buying too many books.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Onebyone View Post
    My guild's free table is full of magazines every month. Most are new rarely over a year old. All the older ones are never taken so they are bundled up every three months and taken to thrift stores. When I find them at yard sales they are usually .10 each. Quilting books are in a big box and always .50 each or .25 for the thin booklets. I found one very rare quilt book and told the owner of it's worth. She said she didn't want it. I sold it on Ebay for $85 and donated that to the guild's fund for our MSQC trip. Check the book titles for worth before selling really cheap.
    Onebyone - Would you share the web sites that give the values for quilt books?
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    I list books and mags I don't want on ReUseIt, a yahoo group that facilitates giving away practically anything. You could see if they have one in your city. After looking into it, I didn't think it was worth the time to try and sell used books and magazines on line. Or, you could have a garage sale.
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    I use Freecycle to get rid of unwanted quilt magazines and bags of fabric scraps. Books I give to a local quilt guild.

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    I buy old quilt magazines at the library's sale. It's usually $1.00 for a stack of 5 or 6 magazines. I keep the ones I want and donate the others back to the library sale.

    You usually don't get enough money for books at Half-Price to be worth the trouble.

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    Facebook also has selling sites for books/ fabric/sewing items. Be sure to check out which sites sell what...some only will advertise your fabric. Of course you have to supply a PayPal account and be willing to ship to a customer which can be expensive.

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    All thrift stores in our area sell them. Call and ask if they will sell them or throw them away.

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    My guild has a "used" book and magazine table at our biennial quilt show. As long as magazines are complete, meaning you have not torn out a pattern and directions, they are added to the table. Sold for $.10 to $.25 each and amazingly the table usually nets $600-$700 dollars. Books are generally sold for $1-2.

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    I have found magazines just do not sell for very much money. It was not worth my effort to sell them. I donated mine (not a huge amount) to an assisted living place. They were very happy to get them.

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    Try Half Price Books if you have one near you.
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    I use to sell on ebay but these days nothing is selling so everything goes to Goodwill when it comes to books...I rip out patterns in Mags and throw the rest away.

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