I've been working hard the last 2 months, preparing for a major de-stashing sale. I culled all the fabrics, kits, notions, tools, thread, embellishments, fasteners, and patterns from my stash that I no longer had the desire to work with (or that were duplicates). I set the sale date as March 17th... a Saturday which was also National Quilting Day (or is it Worldwide Quilting Day - depends on which website you check)... Anyway... most of January was spent thinking about what I did and didn't want any longer. February was spent starting to sort fabrics for the most part. The last week of February and the first two weeks of March were spent advertising the sale and gearing up with final decisions on items and sorting more fabric. Here's a couple of pics of a small percentage of what went into the sale:
The day of the sale was supposed to rain, but we set everything up indoors (in the garage). I was afraid rain would keep people away. But Lo! the day dawned bright and clear, with only a few remaining small clouds. Crowds showed up right on time and it was almost overwhelming! I was floored by the response, and much fabric and other items walked out with new owners... My husband was a great help because I was overwhelmed a bit by the response!
We made it through the day and closed up a bit earlier than expected (about 2:15 instead of 3pm), but everyone who wanted to come was gone by then, and we were tired. We figured if anyone came late, they'd knock and we'd open up for them, no problem... there were no late comers though.
I sold my featherweight and LOTS of fabric and other items.
After the sale, I bagged up ALL the fabric into 12 yard-sized trash bags... four bags FULL for each of three charities - Project Linus, Simi Valley Quilt Guild and Camarillo Quilters Association. I made sure each set of bags got about equal amounts of each color grouping so no one got stiffed on anything good. Project Linus came by today and picked up their four bags. The others will get theirs later.
My big promise to myself was that NOTHING would come back into my stash. I broke that promise for one (and only one) piece of fabric, which should never have been in the sale in the first place... I'm actually surprised it didn't sell, to be honest, but I'm glad it didn't because I would have sold it, reluctantly, but still would have. I even sold most of the plastic bins that held so much of these items! It feels great to be rid of so much 'stuff'.
I'm free of SO much burdensome crap... Feels wonderful! To give you some perspective, here's what remains of my stash.. as you can see it is still quite ample... I'm not gonna run out of fabric in my lifetime!