Stash Sale starts May 16, 2019

Stash Sale starts May 16, 2019

Once a year, it is a good idea to take a fresh look at your collection of yarn, the beautiful skeins that tug on your heart strings, the projects that you started but set aside to start something else and whatever you have inherited from well meaning friends and relatives.

Stash is not a four letter word

I believe that your stash should be treated as a finely curated collection.  People collect all sorts of things (wine they will never drink, antique hangers, bottle caps…) so go ahead, collect yarn.  I would even suggest you take a couple of your favorite skeins and put them in a bowl on your dining room table, to make you smile when you walk through the room.

But I bet you can also find a few things that no longer belong in your collection. Whatever the reason, they just aren’t quite right. It is time for you to pass those along to someone else who will cherish them.

This is why we have an annual Stash Sale.  (You figure out which of your yarns no longer “spark joy”. We sell it at the Stash Sale.  You get store credit for what sells. You use the store credit to buy something new.)

“Asking a knitter what he or she plans on doing with the yarn he or she just bought is like asking a squirrel what it plans on doing with that nut it just buried under a pile of leaves.”
Clara Parkes, A Stash of One’s Own: Knitters on Loving, Living with, and Letting Go of Yarn

New Date

This year our sale is in May, during the Taste of Glen Ellyn.  Sometime, in the next few weeks, take a look at your yarn.  Keep what you love and package up the rest for the sale.

Stash Sale: Thursday May 16 – 19


Prepare your Stash (read this twice, just to be sure)

  1. Package yarns in clear ziplock bags: combine yarns by type, color or weight. Make sure the bags close so that your yarn stays together.
  2. Yarn and needles only – no printed material, no bags, no gadgets
  3. Put a price on your bags (think garage sale, about 1/2 of the original price). The minimum price for any item is $1.  If you have things that you feel are worth less than that, package them together.
  4. Put a description on your bags (approximate yardage, fiber content, project  suggestions…) or write this information on an index card and stick it in the ziplock bag.
  5. DO NOT put your name on every item. We will add an individual barcode to track what  is yours
  6. Bring your stash (already packaged and priced) to String Theory May 7 – 12.
  7. You will receive store credit for whatever sells, minus 10% for processing.

We ask that you spend whatever credit you earn before the end of the year.

Items that have not sold will not be returned; we donate them to local charities.

Need some inspiration?  Check out what Kay and Ann have to say about tidying your stash on their Mason Dixon Knitting blog. Or this discussion of stash by Marie Greene.

Comments (2)

  1. Hello,
    Could you please tell us the times for the Stash Sale? Will it still occur if it rains?
    Thank you.

    Karen Childs
    May 11th, 2019 Reply
    • The stash sale runs during regular store hours: Thursday 10 – 9, Friday 10 – 5,Saturday 10 – 5,Sunday 12 – 4. If it rains, we will move the sale inside. We REALLY hope it doesn’t rain!

      May 11th, 2019 Reply

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