|Yarns by www.sarastexturecrafts.com|
This month we have been talking about stash and the balancing act of a well kept and well curated collection... Today I wanted to cover ideas on how to Downsize your collection without throwing any away.
So... you've had a sort out and decided what stays and what you should use up, or probably get rid off... but where to start?
Well here are a couple of ideas that might help...
Using It Up, or Changing It Up;
Craft Alongs - One of the best ways to work through projects is to join in Craft Alongs, like the one I have going on over on Ravelry.
Working with other people to help motivate you to your goal makes a project, or set of projects much more enjoyable.
You will find several different types of Craft Along out there and they can be either; craft specific, project specific, or downsizing the stash generally. They can also include prizes for reaching a goal!
It's also a nice way to meet people while you are doing it too.
|My BigKnit 2014.|
Or you might come across charity drives for certain projects to go direct to the beneficiaries, like; Knit for Needs.
All of these are great ways to get involved, have a sense of achievement and free up some stash.
|Simple Fingerless Mitts - Free Pattern|
Free Patterns - Sometimes working through stash is something you want to be as inexpensive as possible. A good way to help cut costs is to look for free patterns, or tutorials.
There are plenty of ways you can search for these;
- Use Google search, by using keywords like, 'Free Knitting PDF'
- Explore forums like Ravelry.
- Explore shopping sites (like Etsy etc.), designer websites, or blogs.
You'll be surprised what is out there for Free!
|Fibreshare Package I sent with my yarn. Webite www.sarastexturecrafts.com|
Swaps - These can be a great way to meet people and feel a bigger sense of on-line craft community.
I've not taken part in many officially organised, large group swaps, but I have tried Fibre Share twice, which I talk about here. On both occasions I enjoyed it immensely.
You can of course search for others... usually they are forum based efforts, so check Ravelry, Facebook, or Google.
You could also swap with a friend, for a really simple way to liven up your collection.
If you decide that you'd like a little money back... Selling It On;
Forums/Social Media - Forums can be a great place to advertise items you might have for sale. My best advice is to be realistic and honest with your pricing... if it's something you have had for a while, then it may not be worth as much as you originally paid for it. Also check your shipping prices and be clear where in the world you are prepared to ship to.
Selling Sites - Places like Etsy, eBay and even Amazon in some cases are good ways to 'destash' and get paid for your efforts... they can however be hard work to get right in terms of listing and photography, so check out how others are doing it before you spend money advertising your sale.
If you decide just to give it away, here are some useful tips... Giving It Away;
Charity - Many charity shops will accept craft donations.
Local Groups and Care Homes - Local groups and in particular those that are run for the elderly (including at Care Homes) might be particularly interested in craft bits and pieces you may wish to give away.
Beginners - Do you know someone who is starting out in a craft you have too many materials for? If so, they might benefit from trying new materials to learn with, or sample.
I hope this has helped you finish your stash Spring Clean.