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OakTree
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Date: 2/16/12 3:15 PM

What is the best way to resell expensive fabric? I'm downsizing and moving shortly, but I'd rather sell it before my move. I'm also selling moderately priced and inexpensive fabrics but am willing to sell those for a lot less so I'm less concerned about finding the perfect place to sell them.

I've considered Ebay, Amazon, Craigslist, PatternReview, and a local auction house.

Ebay and Amazon sound too complicated to manage during a move. Craigslist has security risks but could put me in touch with local buyers who would buy in bulk. Patternreview has the right market all in one place, but I'm not sure I want to sell it all piecemeal. The local auction house would probably get me the least money, but it would be the easiest solution.

Anyone have the voice of experience for me?
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Date: 2/16/12 3:17 PM

See above.
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Date: 2/16/12 3:42 PM

I have sold books through amazon.com and it is the easiest thing in the world.

Seems like you could list your fabric on Amazon or eBay and link the listings to PR and/or CL.

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Date: 2/16/12 3:52 PM

I'll look into that, Racehorse. Did you sell them as final sales or did you allow returns? Any problems with returns? j

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Date: 2/16/12 4:00 PM

I do allow returns, however, it turns out to be easier to refund money in most cases. Many of my books are pretty cheap though.

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Date: 2/16/12 5:08 PM

Thanks!
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Date: 2/16/12 9:00 PM

If you want to sell locally I'd go for craigslist - you can always plan to meet people at a cafe or other public place instead of at your house if security is a concern.

Otherwise I would say use the Classifieds here - you could specify that you want to sell in lots. Or there's a Yahoo mailing list, SewItsforSale, which is very active and would be worth a try.

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Date: 2/16/12 9:44 PM

I would try here at PR, Stitchers Guild sewing board and the Yahoo Group, Sew It's for Sale. None of them have commission. You might also contact your local ASG group, the ladies there always want to buy fabric.

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Date: 2/17/12 6:20 PM

If you are short on time, or in not a very busy place, craigslist may not be great, especially for expensive fabrics. I halved my stash a year ago before moving, but I couldn't sell anything through craigslist. Granted, I did it in a short time, so by the time I got an inquiry to my posting, I already sold (a tiny bit) and gave away to friends (most of it).

I did manage to sell some of my more valuable pieces: a few through ArtisansSquare and a batch to a gal from a yarn store to whom I mentioned by chance that I am getting rid of my fabrics -- and she happened to sew.

Anyway, good luck in your task.

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