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Susan C
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Date: 1/2/10 10:19 PM

My fabric stash has gotten, um, well, it's quite large...overwhelming...totally out of control. Basically, what was once a source of enjoyment for me has now become an albatoss around my neck and IT MUST GO, one way or the other. I've ceased and desisted buying fabric but I also have not been sewing very much. And even if I were sewing I have enough fabric to sew forever. So I've decided to go through the stash and get rid of fabric that I don't absolutely love. I thought of selling on ebay and wonder does anyone have any experience with that? It seems to me people might want to know more about the fabric than I can remember. I mean I can say whether it's a woven or knit, polyester or silk but that's about it. The other thing I noticed is that people on ebay seem to have "ebay stores" and I was wondering if that is a requirement? Secondly, I thought of donating fabric but am not sure to who? High schools don't offer sewing anymore so I'm not sure where I would donate it. Does anyone have any suggestions? Thanks Susan
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Date: 1/2/10 10:30 PM

You could list it in the classifieds here. People sell their fabric that way all the time. Make sure you have good photos and descriptions. That way you would most likely have to ship so keep that in mind.

Recently a member listed her fabric free but required pick up. I know that went very fast! I also believe it went to a charity foundation.

Of course craigslist is a very good venue but you have to be willing to let total strangers into your home or be prepared to meet them somewhere.

This is a good way to start!

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Date: 1/3/10 2:22 AM

I have to ask--where in California are you located? I'm in the SF Bay Area, if you are close, you can attend a locale BABES meeting and bring your unwanted fabrics for adoption.

Other options are posting it in the PR classifieds. Or you can send a message out on your local Freecycle network or Craigslist.

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Date: 1/3/10 10:45 AM

Also if you donate your fabric to an organization, look up the price allowed for the donated goods. This is deductible up to $500 off your taxes each year! If more value than that, you should have it appraised according to the IRS. Good luck!

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Date: 1/3/10 12:03 PM

Try selling on Etsy.com and tag it as supplies. There is amazing amounts of fabric on there, although the tone of the site is geared towards 20 something "hipsters", anything can sell. The fees are lower than eBay. You'd need a paypal account.

(I have fabric older than those 20 something hipsters, and apparently vintage is now anything older than 1990 ! )

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Date: 1/3/10 12:11 PM

I've used a local Freecycle for some unwanted fabric. For good quality items I'd look into Etsy.

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Date: 1/3/10 1:28 PM

I donated a bunch of fabric to the local high school drama department. They were so happy! They have used the fabrics in several productions, which is really wonderful.

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Date: 1/3/10 1:44 PM

Susan,
When I want to donate sizable stacks of fabric, I donate to one of the following: Girls (and Boys) Club, local chapter of Girls Scouts, one of the large Churches in the area, or to the local School District. Although most of these organizations no longer teach sewing, each often has an annual fund-raising sale where fabric sells well to the sewing public. Now the downside is that if the organization lacks storage facilities, they may ask that you to hold onto the fabric until their Annual Sale approaches.

Two years ago, DH Keith drove an entire van (heavily) stuffed with fabric and notions to the main offices of the Girls Scouts chapter. About a month after the week long sale, I received a handwritten note saying that my fabric and sewing doo-dads had created such a big stir in one corner of the building that on the second day and thereafter, they had to call in two more volunteers to measure, cut and price the goods. That felt great! --Lily

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Date: 1/3/10 4:00 PM

I did some selling on ebay and it isn't very hard. You don't need a store front for that. What you could do is put a collection of fabric together and ask a straight price. I think this month you can advertize five items and you wouldn't be charged for advertizing. Just for the comission part. Thats handling the money. I would try and see what happens. hope this helps

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Date: 1/3/10 4:04 PM

Another type of charitable donation option not previously mentioned is the American Sewing Guild (ASG). Each year there is a charity project that fabric is needed for. This year, ASG members are making U. S. Troops Drawstring Bags for troops in the Middle East. These bags could be made out of 100% cotton, sturdy broadcloth, duckcloth, or any other sturdy fabrics such as these. Drawstring (1 yd./bag) yardage and cord locks are also needed, although the cord locks are optional. ASG members draw from their own stash if there is no donated fabric available. There are 12 ASG chapters in California. I'm not sure if you have one in your local area, but the website address is:

American Sewing Guild Home Page

Under Membership click on "Chapter Locations", enter CA and the two page list will appear.

Good luck with getting your stash under control again.

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