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Subject: CRAFTERS....
Date Posted: 2/20/2009 6:07 PM ET
Member Since: 2/13/2009
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I'm somewhat new to PBS, but, like most of you, I have MANY other hobbies. My question is simple, lately, I have begun to drown in my little room I refer to as my "office". The contents of this room is everything you wouldnt want your toddler to get into. I have everything from books to crafting items in there. I'm honestly sick of selling online, and dont know what to do with some of the stuff I have that I've given up on. So, what do you do with all the "Stuff" you have amassed? Is there a place to swap that stuff? (Sick of garage sales/flea markets too!)

Sewing Patterns, Scrapbooking Supplies, Yarn (OMG the yarn I have), Fabric, Artificial Flower Heads & Floral Supplies, Beads, Baubles, you name it, I probly have it. I havent got the time to craft anymore, and DH is complaining about my "hoarding" of these items. Most of it I get on clearance, or buy for a project I dont complete.

Any suggestions? Anybody looking for a hard to find item? Help me out here!

Date Posted: 2/20/2009 6:35 PM ET
Member Since: 6/15/2006
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I use Craigslist to get rid of stuff. You can sell it without all of the fees like ebay. I request cash only and it really seems to work. I have also brought yarns, and other crafting supplies to nursing homes and to day shelters for the homeless. The donations are tax deductable.  In a few phone calls I bet you can find new homes for lots of your stuff.

You could also see if the Linus Project has a chapter in your area. Their knitters will always take yarn donations. www.projectlinus.org/

If you have wool yarn to donate

Warm Woolies
5572 E Mansfield Ave
Denver CO 80237

The Knitting Connection, Inc.
c/o Sue A. Manning
PO Box 560065
West Medford MA 02156-0065

If you have acrylic yarn you want to get rid of, here’s another charity I found:

Many Arms Reach You (M.A.R.Y.)
37 Kendall Avenue
Binghamton, NY 13903

Charitable Crafters
4407 Jay St
Duluth MN 55804Good luck mucking out. I so need to do that too.

 

Date Posted: 2/20/2009 6:57 PM ET
Member Since: 5/22/2007
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You can also sell crafting supplies on Etsy.

Date Posted: 2/20/2009 7:28 PM ET
Member Since: 3/10/2007
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I am a quilter and would be interested in any fabric you may have, or quilting, sewing, or cross stitch books.  PM me if you have stuff to unload, and what you would like in return.

Date Posted: 2/20/2009 9:26 PM ET
Member Since: 8/31/2008
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I've given away a lot of things via Freecycle.  I've also received some neat stuff that way.  It's kind of online recycling.  Go to www.freecycle.com to see if there is a group in your area.  You place an "Offer" post and if someone wants it they will respond, and generally they come and pick it up at your house.  If you are not comfortable with someone coming to your house you can arrange to meet else where.  I like Freecycle.  It can help in the decluttering process.  Of couse, you can always try CraigsList to see if you can get some money for the stuff, but if you just want it out of your house Freecycle is great.

Date Posted: 2/20/2009 9:28 PM ET
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Some churches have knitting/sewing/etc groups that make items for charity.  If there is one in your area you could donate some yarn and fabric there.  This eliminates mailing.

Date Posted: 2/20/2009 9:34 PM ET
Member Since: 10/23/2008
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i donate and make stuff for online angels charity

Date Posted: 2/20/2009 10:19 PM ET
Member Since: 1/1/2009
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Normally I give them away on local freecycle. Some people do great on mothering.coms forum boards in a certain area, don't remember what one, they do reverse swaps. They put boxes together worth about $25 I think and them people switch and swap, but that would give you more stuff... might be able to swap for books thought! diaperswappers.com has a forum and they have a crafting are where you can sell crafting things, specially yarn without any fees!

Date Posted: 2/21/2009 12:39 AM ET
Member Since: 1/1/2006
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Please consider either Newborns in Need or Project Linus with your fabric and yarn.  Every bit goes to good places.

Also check with your local schools.  Especially, the art rooms and the special needs classrooms.  These teachers often don't receive enough money to outfit their classes for the entire year.  In the current economic times, they aren't going to have as much personal money to supplement their classes and extra funds for the classes are drying up too.

Also check with local Girl Scout troops and Nursing homes. 

When you have tapped those ideas, you might find yourself ready to sell again or with an empty room.

Kerry

Date Posted: 2/21/2009 2:39 AM ET
Member Since: 2/5/2007
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If you are willing to mail some things, it would be great to list a few on the thread ROAK over in Club Member Thoughts.  Senior citizen groups would probably use a lot of the yarn and other fabric craft supplies.

Date Posted: 2/21/2009 10:36 AM ET
Member Since: 1/16/2008
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I'm really good at organizing ;) ROFL -Actually our tight living space has kept me in check mostly, but I do have 1/2 the storage space in our walk in closet filled with crafting stuff, most of which I haven't touched in almost 4 loooong years.  This past fall I finally started to get back into the swing of some craft stuff, but that just made me add more supplies!  Other thanmy sewing machine & candlemaking supplies most of my things are small &/or squish easily for storage.  If I ever manage to get going on the blanekts for my daughters I'll clean out my yarn in no time & that'll clear out 1/2 my storage right there.