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PortlandMaine
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Date: 9/22/12 4:52 PM

Last summer i bought a pile of fabric - and with the fabric came a pile of old - medium old - and new ish clothing patters.

Im not a clothing sewer - and dont have any idea where to learn about patterns in an effort to be a good seller .. I havent ever looked inside the patterns to even see if they have been used --

having been a vintage home stuff dealer in the past I often would buy things in bulk that held a promise of one or two good things inside from a person who did not know what they might have -- sometimes I hit it good other times I did not -- are there places to sell patterns in a lot like that without really knowing what Ive got -- just to get rid of them?

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Date: 9/22/12 5:01 PM

Use the classifieds here. Since you are a paid member, that option is available to you.

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Date: 9/22/12 5:13 PM

I dont know how people even sell patterns and wanted to put out feelers first to see what types of things I need to look for b-4 I try that.

This is a pic of about 50% of what Ive got.

I think its a combination of crap - more crap but some goodies -- and I dont know if even the goodies are worth having to anyone.

I know I cant keep them anymore. They fit nice under my bed -- but I moved back into my loft and dont have an "under the bed" anymore



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Date: 9/22/12 5:31 PM

WOW!!! That's a lot of patterns!

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Date: 9/22/12 5:43 PM

There are several things you can do! Just sell them all as a lot on e-bay. You might only get a few dollars for them this way. Next would be to start sorting! Then sell them individually or in smaller lots. If you choose to sell them individually you will need to check each envelope to see if the pattern is still in factory folds and has the instruction sheets, or has been cut. If it has been cut, you have to be sure it is all there and at what size it was cut, this is not your best option! Another option is to contact one of the used pattern sellers and see if they are interested in the lot. Just google used sewing patterns and you will find a bunch of people! Used patterns sell for anywhere from cents to many dollars, but you have to photograph them and know the condition of each pattern to sell them as anything but lots. Good luck, some of them certainly look interesting.

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Date: 9/22/12 5:46 PM


Let me try to help.. at least I hope this will help somewhat..

I noticed some Vogues.. now for the most part Vogues will sell for a lot of money on the resell market. As well as some odd patterns.. or those by designers Portland.

To see the approximate values of what you have.. go to ebay.. look thru the listings there.. put the ones you have in your wathc list and see what they sell for.
Different decades sell at different prices.. anything pre 60s sell for big bucks.. 60s are popular.. but then it kinda dwindles in value.. except for patterns such as Vogue.
In any case.. ebay prices can guide you as to their value.

List them here on PR.. or on your Craigslist etc. . as you would any other goods. IT MIGHT help move more all at once if you say put all the sizes that are the same in one grouping. . Some people only want to buy their size.. or say only want childrens patterns..
CRAFT patterns out of date remain pretty popular too and should sell for a decent price.

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Date: 9/22/12 5:49 PM

Thank you Nan those are just the sort of tips I was looking for --

I thought there was a "used + used size" thing to know about.

I would not have thought about the bulk idea on ebay --

The few patterns I have made are such a mess when they get stuffed back into t8 0m8he pattern folder -- hers are all so neat they seem like they were never used .. but, im sure they have been.

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Date: 9/22/12 5:51 PM

Thank you pig -- also great tips -- I would not have known the brand/kinds thing at all!

Thank you.

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Date: 9/22/12 6:30 PM

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The few patterns I have made are such a mess when they get stuffed back into t8 0m8he pattern folder -- hers are all so neat they seem like they were never used .. but, im sure they have been.


Ha! You'd probably think that about my patterns, too. Don't ask me to fold your linens , but give me cut pattern tissue, and I'll get it back in the envelope so's you'd never know it was used. Bwah-ha-ha-ha-ha!!

One thing you might keep an eye out for are specialty sizes, like women's plus or men's big & tall. I've found that those patterns tend to be discontinued more quickly, and consequently command higher prices on the secondary market.

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I think your choices come down to either chucking them together in big lots OR something that's going to take a bit of time. How much time do you want to put into this? Keep that in mind when you make your decision and price them--you might make back the money you spent, but the time you invested? Eh.

Good luck!

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Date: 9/22/12 6:53 PM

List very cheap on EBay in lots that will fill one of the "if it fits, it ships" containers.

You can sort the lots into home, children, women and men or just mix them up.

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