Sunday Stash #119 – The Highest Bidder
Last week as I was cleaning up the fabrics of my life, I rediscovered the yards of out of print Tula Pink fabric that were gifted to me from Grandma Sparkles. They’re not totally my scene, so I’ve never really thought about using them all that much. Plus, Grandma Sparkles had originally purchased them after devising a quilt plan with the help of Tula Pink herself, so I never wanted to disrespect those intentions. At the same time, I didn’t really want to make that quilt. So they have sat.
And now I’m all like: Sell? Keep? Trade? Make? Honestly, I’ve been feeling the need for some fabric cleansing (and some diamonds) so I’m leaning towards selling. There are so many ways to go about this, but #thegreatfabricdestash on Instagram seems logical. People get fanatical when purchasing, and I love it! There’s nothing like frothing at the mouth over fabric–it shows your true dedication to the craft, no, the art of quilt making. There’s a lot of commerce in the quilt world, so it makes sense there would be a lot of divisive opinions about what is the appropriate resell value for fabric.
Let me make myself crystal clear, I don’t have a problem with anyone making a profit off anything they decide to sell. For better or worse, it’s called capitalism. What I do have a problem with is people shaming others for doing so. Is it ridiculous that some out of print designer fabrics resell for $50, $75, $100 per yard on Etsy and Instagram? Yep, it sure is. I’d be an unlikely customer in that market. However, the market is there (ironically created by the very people boo-hoo-ing it), and a seller shouldn’t have to “play nice” in order to cater to the sensibilities of the sewing world. Girl, get yo money! It’s simple supply and demand, so don’t be jealous because you didn’t have the foresight (or luck) to store supplies until the demand rolled around.
If I do decide to sell my Tula goodies, you bet your hard earned dollar that they will be going to the highest bidder. Am I ashamed to admit that? Not at all, and you shouldn’t be either! I applaud your ingenuity and savvy pragmatism! To that end, I went to my LQS, The Remnant Warehouse last week for Fat Quarter Friday. Lo and ten thousand Tula’s below, but what did I find? Oh, just four fat quarters of out of print Parisville. Three. Dollars. Each. And that’s how you werk a fabric shop!