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Tips for decreasing your stash in an eco-friendly way

28 Jan 2010
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  • Sell it. Yard sales, consignment stores, craigslist, eBay, and Etsy, are all avenues for making some cash from your stash.

  • Exchange goods for publicity. If you have a blog, hold a giveaway to pull in traffic. Ask readers to leave a comment and draw a winner after a set amount of time (usually within a week). Be sure to announce the giveaway not just on your blog, but on the blogs of your like-minded virtual friends (ask them first) or through emails. Offer two chances in the drawing for people who mention your giveaway on their blogs or e-newsletters.

  • Donate it. Schools, theaters, senior centers, community and spiritual groups, and other organizations often have a need for fabric and craft materials. However, don’t just show up with the stuff. Call first to find out what they need. Many larger groups, like the Salvation Army, will pick up materials from your home or studio. To connect with people who might want your stash, try

  • Scrap it. SCRAP (Scroungers' Center for Reusable Art Parts) in San Francisco is celebrating its 30th year of taking clean, reusable materials that might otherwise be thrown away and making it available to artists and schools for little or no money. Check out the links page at for similar organizations across the U.S.

  • Use it up! Commit to making art from the stuff you have and you’ll see the clutter diminish in no time.

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DreamrKate wrote
on 2 Feb 2010 11:34 AM

Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU!  You were just the vote that has gotten me to finally see that if I'm not USING it, GET rid of it!  I am a self-confessed art/crat/cool supply junkie and I've got way more than I'll ever need. .....So much more to say, but I think I'll save it for my blog.


MarshaH@4 wrote
on 3 May 2010 1:59 PM

Bored with your stash? Trade it with a like-minded friend, you might have just what they need.

morgs wrote
on 29 Feb 2012 2:56 PM

take it to your nearest school, lots of secondary schools have textile deptartments, they all have art depts, ive never known a school, primary or secondary (and ive worked in both) to turn away art and fabric stash!

raziyaswan wrote
on 7 Mar 2013 5:21 PM

I donated boxes of art supplies to Art community centers and it seems that somehow they have all come back to me!!! LOL!!!