Hello there and welcome to The Crochet Circle Podcast and the show notes for Episode 58 – Declutter, Destash & Simplify!
My name is Fay and this is my audio and video podcast for those that love fibre crafts, particularly crochet. It’s a community for people that like to support their fellow humans regardless of race, gender, sexuality, ability, size or age. I hope you feel the welcome embrace and love of the Crochet Clan. Come on in and stay awhile.
In this episode, I cover: Old Dog New Tricks; Yarn Review; Final Destination; En Route; feeding the Habit; Quick News Beats and J’adore.
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1 – Old Dog New Tricks
I have been having a good old sort out these last few weeks. One of the rooms to be sorted was my Stash Palace…
It is the smallest room in our house but it is absolutely crammed full of all my crafting materials and equipment. These have mainly been collected in the last six years and my tastes have changed. They haven’t changed drastically ‘cause British breeds and proper woolly wool have always been part of my crafting DNA, but I have things in my stash that I know I’m never going to use.
If you are in a similar position, the chances are that you have spent hard-earned money on those items and you would quite like to get some value back for them.
So here are some ways that you can deal with your stash based on three levels of stash love:
1 – You bought it/were given it and you aren’t that fussed about trying to get money back for it.
This is ideal for passing on to charity shops. All of my local ones love having crafting things passed to them so long as they are good quality. They don’t want ratty balls of tangled yarn. They may also be interested in partial projects, so long as the pattern/instructions are in the bundle and ideally the equipment required too.
I have also just passed a load of my commercial wool onto a friend. Her daughter crochets blankets for charity and is going to make good use of that bag of yarn to help keep someone warm in Manchester.
2 – You want to at least try to get some value from these mid-range items if you can.
This is the kind of thing that I try to sell on Ebay. Lots of commercial yarn is sold on Ebay and it’s a great platform for selling it on because the chances are that the buyer already has a knowledge of that yarn brand, so have the confidence to buy from that platform.
3 – These stash babies can’t be given away, you really need to try to recoup some of the money you spent on them.
This is the level where you are best off going to a specific platform to sell it. Whilst I see more hand-dyed skeins of yarn appearing on Ebay, I still think that Instagram or Facebook Groups are a better option for resale.
If you have a large enough following, doing a destash on stories can be a great way of selling your unwanted yarn and equipment.
Your other option is to join some of the many Facebook groups for reselling yarn. They can be country-specific, so if you don’t want to pay high postage costs, try to find a group in your country. I am a member of the Yarn Snobs – hand-dyed yarns FSOT group on Facebook. It is mainly made up of UK folk and it’s easy to work out whether the yarn is available from the UK or elsewhere.
In non-COVID times, I would also recommend hosting a yarn swap at your local crafting group. I usually hold one twice a year at Woolgathering Sandbach and it gives you the chance to ref