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    Hi, I am wondering why no one is selling their quilts here on the forum? I have a few of my handmade quilts that I need to sell due to a family financial crisis and am wondering the best way to go about listing them. I've looked on Ebay and found many for sale but what they've sold for wouldn't even cover the cost of the materials used. Do any of you know of someone looking to buy or should I go ahead and list them here in the for sale section? Thanks for your opinions!

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    I have found thru years of watching ebay for a good bargin that quilts rarely sell for much more than the costs of making them if even that. Unfortunately that has been the case with handmade items for years. There is a site called Etsy you an use. I'm not sure what the costs is. I know several friends have tried Craigslist.com as you can post for free. Only one has ever sold one that way though.

    Good luck on the sale. Hope it sells quickly and helps out.

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    maybe try a consignment shop?
    you will have to google "where to sell quilts"..i know there are on line shops that cater to quilters/quilts.

    before you can sell anything here, you need to be a "regular".
    explains it more here:
    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-651-1.htm

    people just don't understand what it takes to make a quilt, time,money for fabric,batting,batting,thread etc. unless of course they are already a quilter! good luck and blessings!

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    I am watching this post as I really don't understand if you can post quilts for sale for what you should get for them. I think the rules say that you can only sell items at 60% of their retail value. So, I don't know if & how that applies to handmade items. I have a number of hand embroidered quilt blocks & don't know if I can post them as who determines the "retail" value?

    I do see someone posting table toppers for sale on a regular basis, but her prices are very low.

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    Quote Originally Posted by donnajean
    I am watching this post as I really don't understand if you can post quilts for sale for what you should get for them. I think the rules say that you can only sell items at 60% of their retail value. So, I don't know if & how that applies to handmade items. I have a number of hand embroidered quilt blocks & don't know if I can post them as who determines the "retail" value?

    I do see someone posting table toppers for sale on a regular basis, but her prices are very low.
    you can always ask patrice (moderator) what she thinks..

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    Ebay is not a good place to sell quilts unless they are really vintage/great conditon etc.
    I've bought them but never sold any.

    Good luck to you and hope things look up soon. It's bad all over :(

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zhillslady
    I have found thru years of watching ebay for a good bargin that quilts rarely sell for much more than the costs of making them if even that. Unfortunately that has been the case with handmade items for years. There is a site called Etsy you an use. I'm not sure what the costs is. I know several friends have tried Craigslist.com as you can post for free. Only one has ever sold one that way though.

    Good luck on the sale. Hope it sells quickly and helps out.
    Thank you so much for this info! I just signed up for Etsy and it was painless! So many handmade items to choose from and it appears that they are selling at great prices too. I will give it a go there and see where it takes me. Thanks again for your help!!!

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    I see people sell their quilts on here. I think you should try it. You need to look at all the rules first though, be a regular and such or your post will get deleted.

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    Quote Originally Posted by donnajean
    I am watching this post as I really don't understand if you can post quilts for sale for what you should get for them. I think the rules say that you can only sell items at 60% of their retail value. So, I don't know if & how that applies to handmade items. I have a number of hand embroidered quilt blocks & don't know if I can post them as who determines the "retail" value?

    I do see someone posting table toppers for sale on a regular basis, but her prices are very low.

    This means the retail value of your raw materials only. You can not ask for any reimbursement for your labor. Basically Patrice will guesstimate a rough estimate of raw material based on a retail value of fabric, yardage most likely used in the quilt top and back and cost of batting. If she feels the asking price is over the 60% of cost of goods the ad will be pulled.

    It really is difficult to sell quilts or quilt tops unless you find the right venue. Quilts rarely bring what they are worth because value of the labor is usually based on the percepted value of overseas labor which is pennies on the dollar. People see hand quilted quilts for sale in big box stores and department stores for $50. We could not purchase the fabric for a quilt that cheaply, let alone the batting, thread and our time. Quilt making is a labor of love and a hobby, not a viable business. One can make money in quiltmaking, like professional LA quilters but even that is very difficult to make enough to live on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by watterstide
    maybe try a consignment shop?
    you will have to google "where to sell quilts"..i know there are on line shops that cater to quilters/quilts.

    before you can sell anything here, you need to be a "regular".
    explains it more here:
    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-651-1.htm

    people just don't understand what it takes to make a quilt, time,money for fabric,batting,batting,thread etc. unless of course they are already a quilter! good luck and blessings!
    I am aware of the "regular" title. I did have it but am not always able to get on here everyday to post. I am a stay at home mom of three, two of whom are "special" so they do take much of my time. :) Am working on building my postings back up. Thanks for the info!

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    I have seen quilts for sale on the following site. Don't know how it works though. http://www.mysewingbooty.com/index.aspx

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    Quote Originally Posted by sewing4kix
    Hi, I am wondering why no one is selling their quilts here on the forum? I have a few of my handmade quilts that I need to sell due to a family financial crisis and am wondering the best way to go about listing them. I've looked on Ebay and found many for sale but what they've sold for wouldn't even cover the cost of the materials used. Do any of you know of someone looking to buy or should I go ahead and list them here in the for sale section? Thanks for your opinions!

    Plain and simple, people here make quilts. Why would we want to buy them? Occasionally someone here will sell tops, but most people here make quilts. That's why we're here on the board.

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    Keepsake Quilting sells on consignment. Some they are selling are over$1,000.00

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    There is also a site called Quilt Broker where you can sell.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sewing4kix
    Quote Originally Posted by watterstide
    maybe try a consignment shop?
    you will have to google "where to sell quilts"..i know there are on line shops that cater to quilters/quilts.

    before you can sell anything here, you need to be a "regular".
    explains it more here:
    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-651-1.htm

    people just don't understand what it takes to make a quilt, time,money for fabric,batting,batting,thread etc. unless of course they are already a quilter! good luck and blessings!
    I am aware of the "regular" title. I did have it but am not always able to get on here everyday to post. I am a stay at home mom of three, two of whom are "special" so they do take much of my time. :) Am working on building my postings back up. Thanks for the info!
    There is a bit more to it than just being a "regular" :wink: if you read the rules, it explains all of the qualifications, another one is that you also need to be a member for 90 days I believe :D:D:D

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    Quote Originally Posted by Candace
    Quote Originally Posted by sewing4kix
    Hi, I am wondering why no one is selling their quilts here on the forum? I have a few of my handmade quilts that I need to sell due to a family financial crisis and am wondering the best way to go about listing them. I've looked on Ebay and found many for sale but what they've sold for wouldn't even cover the cost of the materials used. Do any of you know of someone looking to buy or should I go ahead and list them here in the for sale section? Thanks for your opinions!

    Plain and simple, people here make quilts. Why would we want to buy them? Occasionally someone here will sell tops, but most people here make quilts. That's why we're here on the board.
    I understand that and feel the same...just looking for suggestions on different venues from others who may online more than myself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by amma
    Quote Originally Posted by sewing4kix
    Quote Originally Posted by watterstide
    maybe try a consignment shop?
    you will have to google "where to sell quilts"..i know there are on line shops that cater to quilters/quilts.

    before you can sell anything here, you need to be a "regular".
    explains it more here:
    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-651-1.htm

    people just don't understand what it takes to make a quilt, time,money for fabric,batting,batting,thread etc. unless of course they are already a quilter! good luck and blessings!
    I am aware of the "regular" title. I did have it but am not always able to get on here everyday to post. I am a stay at home mom of three, two of whom are "special" so they do take much of my time. :) Am working on building my postings back up. Thanks for the info!
    There is a bit more to it than just being a "regular" :wink: if you read the rules, it explains all of the qualifications, another one is that you also need to be a member for 90 days I believe :D:D:D
    I've been a member for over a year but I will look into the rules eventhough I think I will list elsewhere :)

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    my husband is a computer programmer and web designer. He's almost done withe my website, so if you know enough about computers you can make your own website, or hire someone to do it

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    My daughter put my quilts on Facebook so far just 1 person who wants me to make a quilt for him out of a box of flannel shirts he has. I showed a quilt at the fair, (blue ribbon), and someone asked for name and phone # to have me make one for them. I guess I'm saying, exposure, helps. I sold 3 table toppers too, also from exposure.

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    there is also Quiltsforsale.ca, costs $10 to list one quilt. Might be worth it. Although I have one quilt on there and it has not sold yet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sewing4kix
    Quote Originally Posted by Zhillslady
    I have found thru years of watching ebay for a good bargin that quilts rarely sell for much more than the costs of making them if even that. Unfortunately that has been the case with handmade items for years. There is a site called Etsy you an use. I'm not sure what the costs is. I know several friends have tried Craigslist.com as you can post for free. Only one has ever sold one that way though.

    Good luck on the sale. Hope it sells quickly and helps out.
    Thank you so much for this info! I just signed up for Etsy and it was painless! So many handmade items to choose from and it appears that they are selling at great prices too. I will give it a go there and see where it takes me. Thanks again for your help!!!
    Yes, Etsy is easy to use but it works best if you have enough items that you can post frequently- at least a few times a week- to keep your listings at the top of the search results. As I've found with my shop- knitted baby items. My shop gets plenty of activity when I post something, but seeing as I could only list something once a month or so it doesn't help in between, unless I want to relist it for the 20-cent listing fee. Though if you're selling a quilt for hundreds of dollars, spending a dollar a week for a few months to keep it at the top of the search results would be relatively painless, I guess.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Granny Quilter
    My daughter put my quilts on Facebook so far just 1 person who wants me to make a quilt for him out of a box of flannel shirts he has. I showed a quilt at the fair, (blue ribbon), and someone asked for name and phone # to have me make one for them. I guess I'm saying, exposure, helps. I sold 3 table toppers too, also from exposure.
    FB is a great idea! just make sure you get paid right! people have no clue! i did a t-shirt quilt for someone and it still cost a lot in border,backing and batting! the best way..have them get the fabric! at least that way, you will know if they are serious!

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    If you have a man friendly or red, white and blue patriotic quilt top that is at least 55x65 inches and suitable for a Quilt of Valor for wounded soldiers I would be interested in buying for a reasonable fee. Realize that I have to supply the batting and long arm quilting and many times the binding as well. They must be reasonably priced to be able to do this for our soldiers.

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    I do a lot of work for friends and family and word of mouth customers. I also do a lot of donations for Quilts for Kids. But at the moment I need to sell some of my "keepers" to help keep my family going durring a tough situation. Not something I usually do. I like to quilt for fun!

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    Selling any handmade item is very tricky. guessing popular colors, quilting skill level, point of purchase of fabrics (LQS designer vs JoAnne's or Walmart), pattern style - modern vs traditional. Since these quilts do not seem to have been made for sale it will take careful thought on pricing. Unfortunately what we ourselves love maynot be another's. A small ad in your local paper might bring calls, or even a sign by the road that there are quilts for sale.

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