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Michelle T

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Date: 11/29/12 9:52 PM

I met Nicole about a month ago when she posted quilting magazines and books on a local online classified site.

She told me she had other people contact her but people did not follow up. She said she would give me first dibs on her fabric and tool stash.

I got an email yesterday inviting me over this weekend.

Nicole is retiring from quilting due to failing eyesight, so she is motivated to move the stash out of her house.

My question is what should I offer for tools or yardage? I am new to quilting, but a long term clothing sewer. I do not want to insult her if she asks me to make an offer, but I also have a budget. I am not sure of the value of rulers and other tools.

I have my own cutting mats, but only have a couple rulers 6X24, 12.5X12.5 and 8x8.

Please help me with working out a fair offer? What would be fair for yardage? $5.00 per metre, less? Tools? I do not know the cost of quilting rulers, I just know when I look at them in my LQS they are over my budget.

I have maybe $200.00 to spend tops.

If you are on Southern Vancouver Island and fancy a trip to the Cowichan Valley this Saturday, send me a reply, Nicole said to invite other quilters.

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Date: 11/30/12 9:36 AM

For yardage, it's going to depend on the quality, and how dated any of the prints may be. I'd offer no more than $2 a yard for out of date prints or solids that are not the likes of Moda, etc. If it's too shabby of quality, you don't want it anyway, unless you make dog beds or something like that.
$4 a yard would be a good price for the really nice stuff that you'd pay $9-12 a yard for from the LQS. I think she'd be happy with that. I know I would.
Rulers. You may need to gently remind her that if these are commonly found at Joann's, they are frequently 50% off, or you can use coupons on them. So, I would go online, get some prices from say Omnigrid rulers, June Tailor, etc, and offer her a little less than half so it's a bargain for you. You're still saving tax money too. Be careful of thread being very old. I'd try to break some before buying to ensure it's not rotten.
Do post photos of your finds! How exciting is this? I'd be so thrilled.

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Date: 11/30/12 9:55 AM

I brought a Bernina 1630 in mint condition under similar circumstances. Older woman failing eyesight. She only wanted $200. I even asked her are you sure about the price and she said yes. It's an older machine. She could have gotten 4 or 5 times more for it on ebay. I almost felt like I was robbing her but I got the impression she was more concerned about it going to a good home.

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Date: 11/30/12 10:19 AM

When I sold/gave away the stash I inherited, that's exactly what I cared about. Granted, it wasn't stuff I'd bought, so I didn't have a sense of investment. But I really like fabric, and I wanted all that fabric to become something beautiful, even if I couldn't be the one to do it.

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Date: 11/30/12 1:27 PM

I pick up the odd bit of quilting yardage at the thrift store for $2-$4. per meter. The price depends on if the piece is whole or someone cut a bit here or there.

Are you familiar enough with this type of fabric to know what more current designs look like compared to say designs from the 90's? (Much was good quality!)

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Date: 11/30/12 11:23 PM

I am a senior going through my sewing stash in preparation for a move. I have come to the conclusion that I will never have time left in my life to sew all my fabric and have acknowledged that I do not and likely wont likely to have the lifestyle to wear some of the luxury fabrics I have. While I went through a number of boxes this week I thinned out to only 2 pieces I may sell, and if they don't sell they will be GIVEN away. I hope all of my fabrics will go to someone who needs them, but one does get to the point that is not worth the energy to distribute them. I expect the elderly lady is the same way. Depending on the amount of fabrics I suspect, knowing you are a sewer you could offer a sum ($. 25 - 50) for the lot. If you don't want some of the fabric you could donate it somewhere (Freecycle ?). It will relieve her of sorting and energy, especially as her eye sight is failing. If she seems to need funds, you could offer more, but she may not take it.

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Date: 11/30/12 11:33 PM

That was $25 - 50 for the lot, not cents. When I said I only had 2 x I would sell, I have 2x big rubber maid containers that will go to GoodWill or some such place - actually any where that will pick up the fabric and many boxes of other things. Getting rid of material things is a bit of a mind set and a grieving process - once the decision is made I just want things gone - and after they go, the space they maintained is wonderful.

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Date: 12/1/12 12:17 PM

Thank you for the advice.

I have no idea how she may have sorted the fabrics. But I think I will first look at longer pieces, then seasonal/holiday fabric (I could use it right away to make table runners), lastly fabric I can use for quilts for my two nieces and nephew.

For rulers and tools, depending on what she has I will probably make an offer for the lot. That is how she sold the magazines to me. I paid $5,00 per book that I bought, which I thought was fair.

She does plan to advertise what I do not buy, so there is no pressure on me to buy all of it, or on her to give it away for nothing.

I will post photos when I get home.

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Date: 12/1/12 5:14 PM

At our sewing guild's yardage sale near Seattle, we sold cottons for $1/yd. Silks and wools for $3/yd.

We made over $4000 !

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Date: 12/1/12 5:31 PM

Wow. We were considering an auction or sale of some type in our guild. That's an encouraging figure indeed!

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