I am looking to pick your brains really - I have loads of fabrics originally designed for curtains/upholstery that I want to sell. There is a real mix of patterned and plain - most are remnants left over from jobs but some are fairly decent meterage. I have had a quick look on ebay ... I just wondered where else arts and crafty people go to buy such things? Anything that doesn't sell will go to the local school or children's play centre but I obviously want to sell where possible. I have considered a stall at a car boot sale but I think it needs to be somewhere more art specific. Any ideas would be gratefully appreciated!
TBH I generally buy from remnant bins at fabric shops - especially ones which specialise in furnishing fabrics as their remnants tend to be larger. I have bought from eBay shops, but not from individuals.
I have to admit to having a trunk full of hoarded kept for future usefulness fabric at home, so DH would kill me for buying more (if he knew, which he would if I bought it on ebay as he would see the parcel arrive )
I suspect eBay is your best bet, though - if you put them all up in one go then people will realise that you are serious.
That is true I guess ... I noticed that there were an awful lot up there with buy it now prices ... some obviously (such as Romo) selling better than others. I was surprised how expensive they are! I am not looking to put them up anywhere near cost .. I sold some to a lady yesterday for £5/m when it cost £45.00/m!
In Linlithgow there are three craft shops, one specifically for cross-stitch which is my main addiction! But there are also a couple of really good fabric shops, selling lots of fat quarters and scraps as well.
I always look at car boot sales for craft stuff but never find any so it might be worth your while as I know I am not alone. It depends on what kind of market you live near though. (I once bought a whole stack of old cross-stitch magazines off of someone and wish I'd bought the whole lot now!)
thank you ... still not too sure which way to go - I have just been in our basement and I have tonnes of remants and rolls to get rid of as well as fabric books. I noticed some ex display fabric books were on ebay which was quite a surprise so perhaps I can give it a go. There are so many though.
thanks ... am not trying to sell it as a business though - more a perk of the job as the owner of the business just wants rid of them! He said I could just have them ... and it is criminal to see them go to waste!
Ah, sorry - I had misunderstood and thought it was your business. Have a read of the selling pages - it looks as though you could start off selling as an individual and then move to the smallest sort of shop if/when appropriate.
If you decide to use ebay, link to your lots and I will go and betempted have a look.
I don't suppose you have a large 'remnant' (6m+) of something stripy, do you ? I have just remembered a project I was planning....
Sorry my fault for not explaining myself properly - I run the place but its not mine! I will have a look when I am back in on Monday to see if I have anything stripey at 6m+ though I think the fabrics I have of decent quantity are largely plain. Any idea of the sort of thing you are after GentleOtter?
Have you thought about opening a shop on folksy/coriandr/misi or any of these kind of shops? A bit of promotion via twitter and you'll probably have people biting your hand off for your fabric. I'm always looking for cheaper sources!