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Thread: Places to sell books and patterns?

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    Places to sell books and patterns?

    I used to sell my books and patterns on various sites, but many are gone! Any suggestions besides etsy? I am going to move soon and it is time to clear out.
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    Gerrie

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    I sold tons of books to Half Price but they give you so little for them. But the truth was I just wanted them gone.

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    i'd just as soon give them away than bother trying to sell for the little I would get for them. I put some on the Free table at guild meetings.
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    I always check ebay and Amazon when I'm looking for a book or pattern.

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    I have a used book store that will take my books.
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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltnLady1 View Post
    I have a used book store that will take my books.
    I use a used book store also. I probably wouldn't be able to afford my reading habits without used book stores. I've found some good out of print sewing books too.
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    There are great stash selling sites on Facebook. They are "groups" so you have to join them which may involve waiting a day or so to be approved. You can always unjoin whenever you want.

    Look up Sew It's For Sale Everything, Quilter's Market and Quilter's Classifieds... on Facebook. There are more. I sell fabric there.
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    Join one of the Facebook sites for quilters who want to destash what they have. Quilters Mart, or Quilters Classifieds is another is one of them. At least check out the ads there to see what yours could sell for.

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    I'm surprised no one mentioned here. There is a thread on here to sell things. Right now there are few things available.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KwiltyKahy View Post
    I'm surprised no one mentioned here. There is a thread on here to sell things. Right now there are few things available.
    Maybe no one mentioned (here) because she is new (2 posts) the rules here require you to be a little bit more active/ established.
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    Used bookstores may buy them... not much $$ in it but better than giving it away
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    Quote Originally Posted by nwm50 View Post
    Used bookstores may buy them... not much $$ in it but better than giving it away
    I get 1/4 the original price (which isn't normally the price I've paid) and then get half off on books I buy so I consider that pretty good. I read a lot of hard backs and at $20+ original price I get a bit back. Plus, I get 1/4 original price on the garage sale books I pay a quarter for.

    Half price books gives you nothing at all. I don't go there except to look for books about once a year. I did find some good OOP sewing/quilting books there.
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    Wow, Patrice, that's great! And yes, Half Price gives you nothing!

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    I have some beginner books I am saving incase oldest Granddaughter changes her mind and decides to start quilting.
    Not likely to happen, I also believe in Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny.

    I would just donate mine to Goodwill, someone would get some use out of them. Maybe they couldn't afford others.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SusieQOH View Post
    I sold tons of books to Half Price but they give you so little for them. But the truth was I just wanted them gone.
    We took some excellent books over to Half Priced Books and were shocked at what they gave me. Not worth the drive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KwiltyKahy View Post
    I'm surprised no one mentioned here. There is a thread on here to sell things. Right now there are few things available.
    Years ago it was great to buy and sell things here. But they have added so many rules and restrictions, price controls, etc. that not many people bother with it anymore.
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    I sometimes take my to a used book store. I used to love the "For Sale Items" forum on this QB but the rules have really changed and don't see too much on there anymore. I got a lot of fabrics and books from this QB and was sad to see the changing rules come out.

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    You can always donate them to the public library and request a donation slip for your taxes.

    I am downsizing and took a bunch of my books to my local one and they were really happy to get them - said they are always getting requests for quilting books.

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    Be sure to check prices on Amazon. Some quilt books go for a LOT of $$, others, a few cents. Ones from American Quilter's Society seem to hold their value well. Ones from That Patchwork Place, no.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sewbizgirl View Post
    Years ago it was great to buy and sell things here. But they have added so many rules and restrictions, price controls, etc. that not many people bother with it anymore.
    it's important to remember that we are not a marketplace with some quilting-talk on the side.

    we have a not-for-profit Thrift Shop in which qualified members are allowed to offer their excess, presumably used fabric, tools, etc. at thrift shop prices.

    all the rules became necessary because too many people were joining for the sole purpose of selling. they had no interest in posting anything meaningful, useful, or interesting to genuine members. most of them wanted to make a profit. and - most unfortunately - far too many were hoping to take advantage of all our beginner members. they tried to sell discount grade fabrics at hard-wall quilt shop prices assuming we'd be too stupid and gullible to know the difference in value.

    when our thrift shop was started, there was nothing like it anywhere else on the internet. now there are countless sites at which folks can sell whatever they want for whatever they can get somebody else to pay. there's nothing wrong with that as long as you shop as carefully as you would anywhere else. options are usually a good thing.

    our thrift shop is still "open for business" to any qualified member who wants keep the spirit alive in which it was created.
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    I'm moving, too, and I have had a couple of yard sales already but you really don't get anything worth what they are valued. I started giving mine away to quilting friends who I know will cherish them and create wonderful items. The rest I'll take with me because there are guilds where I'm going and perhaps I can trade items etc. I Don't have many so it's not an issue for me like it may be for you, tho.
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    I sold books through Amazon. If I could not get at least $5.00 I just gave it away. When I did this there were not Facebook groups. You can have some luck grouping them together on Ebay sometimes. They can be shipped Media rate at the PO.

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    I second the giving to the local library. They sell books to support the library's programs they provide for seniors and kids. At the end of the year, if they are overstocked and the books haven't sold, the books are gathered to one location and they have a sale of five dollars a bag of books. I have found some great quilting books in that sale. If I take them to the thrift shop called assistance league, all of the proceeds go to the many food and assistances they provide for the local needy year round.
    On both accounts, I feel that I have done something to help my community.
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    I give mine to a library near me that has a small used book store in it. What they don't keep, they sell to benefit the library.

    I have tried selling on eBay and Half-Priced Books but didn't get enough for the trouble and I'm happier helping the library.

    Now, I have bought some great quilting books at Half-Price Books.
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