Don’t Let This Happen to You

Oh my gosh, you guys. I follow a local thrift/vintage shop on Facebook and yesterday they posted some photos of someone’s fabric stash that is now sitting in their shop.

This is what they said about the fabric stash:

We have a MASSIVE lot of fabric for sale! It’s 68 boxes & tubs full! It’s about 1,280lbs!! (I actually weighed them!)   It ranges from vintage to modern, and there’s every type of material imaginable! We’d really like to sell this as one big lot, so we can move it on outta here! We’re asking $1,200 for the whole thing. Trust me, you won’t be disappointed! It’s insane.

And it is. Insane. The idea of all of the once-loved fabric in sad busted boxes just seems so depressing to me. I don’t ever want to amass so much fabric (or anything!) that it ends up like that.

Destash. Destash, Destash.


17 thoughts on “Don’t Let This Happen to You

  1. Jennifer says:

    Oh gosh. I destashed when I had to move it all from Dallas to Sarasota, Florida but this makes me want to destash again! How do they find anything?? My memory is not that good – even with those labels…I’m sure it cost that woman more that $1200 too. Wowzer!

  2. Sarah Marie says:

    I can’t bear to throw away pretty fabric either! But I have a chest of drawers and a wire basket that everything must fit in. No more buying more until there is space 🙂

  3. Marci Girl says:

    Well at least it ended up in a thrift shop and not a dumpster. My husband is an apartment manager and one time he was helping some tenants move their deceased mother’s items. Well needless to say they were tossing all her sewing stuff in the dumpster, which my husband rescued and brought home to me. So sad…..

  4. melissa says:

    That’s insane but I think a lot of the photos I see on blogs, etc. of the fabric quilters have is ridiculous. Stacks and stacks and shelves and shelves. What’s the point? To just look at it? To keep it because you like it? Get making! Honestly, when I see those photos and they’re like “look at my stash”, I think it looks more like hoarding. Well, that came out really harsh, didn’t it?

  5. marcella says:

    That is really sad. We’ve had several guild members pass away and have been left with huge fabric stashes like this. It’s not fun to deal with (or store until the group decides what to do with it all!)

    Having had to organize a couple of stash sales I’ve learned that that quilting cotton weighs about 3 yards to one pound so if all that is cotton she has over 3,700 yards of fabric sitting there. If the shop is selling it all for 1,200 then that’s less than 30 cents a yard.

    What a lot of wasted money.

  6. marcia says:

    Which is why I am having a no fabric 14(2014). Yes de stash, the CEOs if fabric companies are doing just fine without my purchases.

  7. Cheryl says:

    That is scary, I am running out of run in my shelving and I am trying to use what I have and not buy each new line (I will break this for April Showers though).

  8. erin says:

    Terrifying… and very sad, indeed. A good reminder to us all! I am still relatively new to quilting, so my stash is quite small, but there are so many beautiful fabrics out there, I can see how it could get out of control.

  9. Sarah says:

    Oh no! It reminds of the saying, she who dies with the most fabric wins. It is sad for us to see it all left like that, but I think the lady (I assume) who left it all behind was happy in her hobby and had that unquenchable thirst to make things with beautiful fabric. I can relate to that!

  10. Joy says:

    What is the local shop? I’m in Dallas and would love to see if they would sell off just some of it. No way I could use it all!

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