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Tue Jul 29, 2014, 02:23 PM

Need ideas for selling a LOT of vintage fabric

When my mother died, I got her fabric. She was a bit of a hoarder, so I have fabric from the '50s, '60s, '70s as well as '80s through this decade, but not as much from those years. The yardage I have is between 6 yards of each pattern to full bolts. I think I have around 4K yards total, maybe more.

Are there buyers who are looking to buy an entire collection such as this? How do I go about trying to find them? Heeeeeelp!!

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REP Jul 2014 OP
dballance Jul 2014 #1
REP Jul 2014 #3
dballance Jul 2014 #9
sinkingfeeling Jul 2014 #2
REP Jul 2014 #4
safeinOhio Jul 2014 #5
northoftheborder Jul 2014 #6
REP Jul 2014 #7
northoftheborder Jul 2014 #11
TeamPooka Jul 2014 #8
REP Jul 2014 #12
grasswire Jul 2014 #10
REP Jul 2014 #13
Natbug Oct 2014 #14
sandor13 Jul 2015 #15
mbg2943 Nov 2015 #19
Dreymac Feb 2016 #21
Dreymac Feb 2016 #23
Newmrmber Oct 27 #37
midnight1111 Jul 2016 #25
Sheelah Jun 2017 #26
herding cats Jun 2017 #27
Newmrmber Oct 27 #40
Newmrmber Oct 27 #38
warwickkk Aug 2015 #16
REP Aug 2015 #17
Name removed Nov 2015 #20
Dreymac Feb 2016 #22
TexasBushwhacker Feb 2016 #24
Fabrichoarder Jul 2019 #28
fleabiscuit Jul 2019 #29
Fabrichoarder Jul 2019 #30
BumRushDaShow Jul 2019 #31
samnsara Jul 2019 #33
EveHammond13 Sep 21 #35
Newmrmber Oct 27 #39
Name removed Nov 2015 #18
samnsara Jul 2019 #32
EveHammond13 Sep 21 #34
Newmrmber Oct 26 #36

Response to REP (Original post)

Tue Jul 29, 2014, 02:31 PM

1. That is kind of interesting. As a person who likes to sew fabric does interest me.

 

As a person who likes to sew my own garments I'd have to tell you that I'd need to know what kind of fabrics are in the collection from your mom.

Are they fabrics that one could sew into garments or are they fabrics that would make great curtains, pillows, comforters and such?

At times I've used all those different sorts of fabrics.

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Response to dballance (Reply #1)

Tue Jul 29, 2014, 04:37 PM

3. Mostly clothing weight textiles; mostly cotton; all in perfect condition

One bolt I'm definitely keeping for myself: peacock-blue silk embroidered with pure gold thread.

I'm not selling it piecemeal ... There's just too much of it.

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Response to REP (Reply #3)

Tue Jul 29, 2014, 08:00 PM

9. That bolt of peacock-blue sounds lovely.

 

You should most definitely keep it.

I hope you can some day have it made into something that befits your mother.

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Response to REP (Original post)

Tue Jul 29, 2014, 02:36 PM

2. I'd sort it into lots. Maybe by decade and fabric type. Like '60s cottons. '50s wools. Etc.

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Response to sinkingfeeling (Reply #2)

Tue Jul 29, 2014, 04:38 PM

4. I want to sell ALL of it to one buyer

There is so much of it.

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Response to REP (Reply #4)

Tue Jul 29, 2014, 04:45 PM

5. I'd go to a couple of malls and

look for booths that carry that sort of thing..You could have the desk leave them a note to call you.

When I go to look at stuff, there is always things I don't deal in. I have lots of friends that are dealers and I give their number to the folks with it for sale.

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Response to REP (Original post)

Tue Jul 29, 2014, 04:48 PM

6. I was in a similar situation a few years ago. It seemed like 4,000 yards, but really a lot less.

My mother passed away leaving boxes and boxes of fabrics, many old, mostly cottons and natural fabrics, not many decorator fabrics. She didn't have bolts, though, which would be much easier to handle; I had scraps and small amounts usually. I sorted through every piece (she also had yards and yards of ribbon and lace, rick-rack, thread, a button collection, and assorted buttons.)

Since I sew and craft, I saved all the natural fabrics: cotton, linen, silk, wool, and the trims. Anything polyester or rayon I gave to charity.

If you do not plan to keep any of it, I would sort according to fabric type (wool, silk, poly, etc..) then weight, if possible. Denim, burlap, canvas, would be used for different things than sheer organdy. I think most people who sew or craft are looking for a particular kind of fabric. If you live in a city, there are groups and clubs who quilt, make hooked rugs, decorator items, etc.. Advertise in Craig's list, or EBay, or Etsy. Be able to provide pictures if asked. Good luck!

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Response to northoftheborder (Reply #6)

Tue Jul 29, 2014, 04:53 PM

7. I may be grossly underestimating; it may be far more than that

I'll be taking some for myself but I'll still be ass-deep in fabric. I'd much rather sell it to a specialty vintager than dick around with eBay. She bought very high quality yard goods; much too good to give away.

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Response to REP (Reply #7)

Wed Jul 30, 2014, 08:59 AM

11. Please move to my area and start a store! Please! Good fabric is nonexistant except online.

Seriously, consider Kendall County, north Bexar County, IH 10 corridor (San Antonio suburbs) Very rapidly growing, MANY high dollar spenders who would appreciate nice things. Although hot in the summer, rest of year pleasant. Your stock would be unique and special! Also more Democrats badly badly needed!!!!!

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Response to REP (Original post)

Tue Jul 29, 2014, 07:49 PM

8. This is a location based issue. The closer you are to LA/NYC the better off you will be.

That's where your material will be looked at as hip and vintage and you can get a premium price from vintage clothing stores..
The center of the country is a tougher sell.
They just thinks it's old.
If you are near LA then you need to look up costumers and costume shops in Hollywood and Burbank especially that service the studios.
They prize your material and they need it in bulk when they need it.
Good luck.

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Response to TeamPooka (Reply #8)

Wed Jul 30, 2014, 10:35 AM

12. Thank you!

I am a short 5 hour drive from LA. Well, 6 if I take the fabric since I'd need to rent a truck. I'm in Silicon Valley.

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Response to REP (Original post)

Wed Jul 30, 2014, 01:48 AM

10. sure would like to see a f ew photos nt

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Response to grasswire (Reply #10)

Wed Jul 30, 2014, 10:37 AM

13. Right now it looks like a pile of boxes

I a also have vintage couture 50s shoes and clothes as well as Victorian clothing and shoes ... and the fabric.

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Response to REP (Original post)

Wed Oct 1, 2014, 08:44 PM

14. Buyer!!!

Hi I collect and sew with vintage fabric and would be interested in buying all... Message me pls

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Response to Natbug (Reply #14)

Wed Jul 8, 2015, 12:13 PM

15. I've got fabric! Lots of fabric.

I know this is an old post, but I figured I would give it a try. Any chance you are still interested in purchasing fabric? My mother passed on and she has at least 10-15 LARGE boxes of fabric from her mother's generation. 40s/50s and more current to 80s/90s. If you are, please send me a DM. Unfortunately I don't have enough posts to contact you directly. Thanks!

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Response to sandor13 (Reply #15)

Thu Nov 19, 2015, 03:39 PM

19. Re: lots of fabric

Hey sandor13,

If you've still got lots of fabric, I'd be interested in taking some of it off you hands. Let me know if you're still looking to unload it!

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Response to mbg2943 (Reply #19)

Tue Feb 9, 2016, 04:29 PM

21. I have the same problem - loads of vintage fabric.

My 84 year old mother-in-law was a fabric hoarder for the past 50 years and I have 4-5 pick up truck loads of vintage fabric in plastic bins and perfect condition. There must be thousands of yards. I have pictures but I'm not sure how to attach them.

If anyone is still interested in large quantities of vintage fabric let me know. I was planning to haul it all out to Hollywood and try to sell it in bulk to a studio or costume designer. That is still a possibility.

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Response to Natbug (Reply #14)

Tue Feb 9, 2016, 04:39 PM

23. I have a lot of vintage fabric for sale.


My 84 year old mother-in-law was a fabric hoarder for the past 50 years and I have 4-5 pick up truck loads of vintage fabric in plastic bins and perfect condition. There must be thousands of yards. I have pictures but I'm not sure how to attach them.

If anyone is still interested in large quantities of vintage fabric let me know. I was planning to haul it all out to Hollywood and try to sell it in bulk to a studio or costume designer. That is still a possibility.

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Response to Dreymac (Reply #23)

Sun Oct 27, 2019, 12:06 AM

37. Vintage fabric

Hi. Iíll buy any and all. Iím a buyer for a shop in nyc and vintage is always in demand

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Response to Natbug (Reply #14)

Sun Jul 10, 2016, 06:09 PM

25. Mom has 60 years of accumulated fabric

My mom has collected fabric over 60 years. She is getting old and wants to sell it.
Would you be interested? How would this work?

Thanks

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Response to Natbug (Reply #14)

Wed Jun 28, 2017, 10:01 AM

26. Are you still interested in fabric?

Hello! I have a very large amount of mostly high end fabric. Are you still interested in buying? Thank you!

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Response to Sheelah (Reply #26)

Wed Jun 28, 2017, 11:37 PM

27. Hi, I have a question if you don't mind?

I monitor this forum and I was just curious how you found this post in an obscure part of a political site? I'm only asking since the post you're replying to is from 10/2014 and it seems odd to me that you'd see it normally if you were browsing the site.

Not that there's anything wrong with your query, it's perfectly topical, I'm just curious how you landed here. Was it an internet search that drew you here, or how did you wander across this post?

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Response to herding cats (Reply #27)

Sun Oct 27, 2019, 01:04 AM

40. Vintage fabric lots

Not many posts online by people looking to sell large lots of vintage goods. For those in the trade thatís a compelling a good lot is a compelling prospect. I expect itíll remain active for the foreseeable future.

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Response to Sheelah (Reply #26)

Sun Oct 27, 2019, 12:46 AM

38. I am interested!

Please send me a message to discuss

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Response to REP (Original post)

Wed Aug 26, 2015, 11:02 AM

16. keen

hey im keen to purchase vintage fabric i run a clothing label and always looking

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Response to warwickkk (Reply #16)

Wed Aug 26, 2015, 11:12 AM

17. It's a lot of it

About $30K worth.

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Response to warwickkk (Reply #16)

Tue Feb 9, 2016, 04:34 PM

22. I have the same problem. A Lot of vintage fabric.

My 84 year old mother-in-law was a fabric hoarder for the past 50 years and I have 4-5 pick up truck loads of vintage fabric in plastic bins and perfect condition. There must be thousands of yards. I have pictures but I'm not sure how to attach them.

If anyone is still interested in large quantities of vintage fabric let me know. I was planning to haul it all out to Hollywood and try to sell it in bulk to a studio or costume designer. That is still a possibility.

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Response to Dreymac (Reply #22)

Tue Feb 16, 2016, 12:06 PM

24. That's a good idea

I would look online for vintage fabric dealers and see if you can find someone to buy the lot. There are dealers on EBay and Etsy as well.

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Response to Dreymac (Reply #22)

Tue Jul 9, 2019, 09:08 AM

28. Interested

I collect/sew with vintage fabrics and would be interested in purchasing! I like 80ís novelty(Care Bears, Rainbow Brite, Strawberry Shortcake, etc), and vintage fabrics in pastel/rainbow, fruits(strawberry/cherry/similar), seersucker, cotton/sheer with raised floral patterns, or anything really pretty and feminine. Please send me a message if you might have something!

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Response to Fabrichoarder (Reply #28)

Tue Jul 9, 2019, 06:51 PM

29. Welcome to DU. Check the date on the messages you are replying to. nt

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Response to fleabiscuit (Reply #29)

Thu Jul 18, 2019, 11:17 AM

30. Thank you!

I know itís a really old thread. I thought Iíd reply just in case anyone was still selling.

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Response to Fabrichoarder (Reply #30)

Thu Jul 18, 2019, 11:29 AM

31. Hi and welcome to DU!

We also have a "Crafts" Group here - https://www.democraticunderground.com/?com=forum&id=1032

And you might be able to search through there to see if there are any other quilters (or similar crafty folks who use material) who may be able to help!

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Response to Dreymac (Reply #22)

Sat Jul 20, 2019, 02:38 PM

33. i will ask some of my quilting friends..

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Response to Dreymac (Reply #22)

Sat Sep 21, 2019, 02:51 AM

35. try Etsy - I know there are sellers selling vintage stamps, for example

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Response to Dreymac (Reply #22)

Sun Oct 27, 2019, 12:53 AM

39. Vintage fabric

Did you ever sell it? If not Iíd love to have a look

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Sat Jul 20, 2019, 02:37 PM

32. wow lucky you! i inherited the same stuff..I ended up donating it but..

...mine wasnt AS vintage as yours! Compare similar items $ on Ebay. Get on Strange Inheritances. I can get the word out to some of my friends who do sewing and let you connect with the if they are interested..?

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Response to REP (Original post)

Sat Sep 21, 2019, 02:50 AM

34. Etsy?

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Response to REP (Original post)

Sat Oct 26, 2019, 11:58 PM

36. Vintage fabrics--would love to buy them.

Hi, Iím a buyer at a large shop in nyc an would love to buy (or at least look) your fabric. Send me a direct message. Thanks

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