I am in a clean-out-closets-and-other piles kind of mood today. Maybe it’s the start of the new year. I’ve also been thinking about “Quilt Studio on the Move,” an article Carol Newby wrote for the February TQL. Carol is a veteran of many a household relocation, and she has lots of good advice for moving your most precious cargo—the contents of your quilt studio. As you may have guessed, one of the first things Carol suggests is going through the whole studio and deciding what to keep and what to discard.

Now, I’m not planning to move any time soon, but the idea of clearing out excess fabric and the other supplies I’ll never use sounds really good to me today. I’ll donate the stuff to a local nonprofit that has a sewing program for kids. Sooner or later, I predict, you’ll get the same cleaning-and-clearing-out bug.  So what will you do with your stuff?

You might look at your pile of discards and wonder if there’s any way to recoup some of the money you’ve spent. While researching the article, Carol discovered a couple of online sites you might consider in as alternatives to the familiar Craigslist.com, eBay.com, and Etsy.com. One option is Second Chance Fabrics (SecondChanceFabrics.com), which accepts fabric and gently-used, complete quilting patterns for store credit.

There is also the SewItsForSale mailing list (SewItsForSale@yahoogroups.com). This list was created to allow individuals to sell personal items and is not intended for business use. Carol cautions that the list is very prolific, with a subscriber-base of over 16,000, so items tend to move quickly.

Happy clean studio, whenever it happens, and happy new year to you right now…Jan Magee, The Quilt Life

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Art teachers are another great place if you don’t want to try to sell things. I have moved several times and am always giving things to the art teacher at my daughter’s school. With limited budgets they are always grateful for most anything you have.
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