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Barbara shared her 10 Ten Tips on How To Get FREE YARN (or really cheap yarn) in a Facebook group (Shoe Boxes Through the Year). I’m so excited that Barbara said I could share all of them with you! JOY with Purpose is all about bargain shopping and crafting to be able to frugally donate to charities around the world. Think of all the special items you can make that will be so cherished by those in need. Here are some free tutorials I’ve posted that can definitely use all your new found yarn! Colorful Dolls, Tossing Rings, my “Aunt Ida” simple hat pattern, and my 10 Washcloth Patterns!
Here are Barbara’s Top Ten Tips to get FREE YARN:
“I donate well over 100 items a year to various charities (including Operation Christmas Child) and I pride myself on never paying more than $1 a skein for yarn, often less than 50c, and usually nothing at all. I thought I’d share some of my methods. Hopefully this will help somebody out!
1. CRAFT/CHURCH GROUPS: Many churches, libraries and non-profits have knitting/crocheting/craft groups. They often have bins full of donated yarn. (I know our little church has at least four bins full.) Usually if you ask, they will tell you to take whatever you need.
2. GARAGE SALES: Visit church and school garage/rummage sales on the very last day. If you go in as they are closing up, you can usually find yarn for 50c a skein or less. Tell them about your charity and they may even lower the price or give it to you! Church sales particularly are eager to get rid of everything at the end.
3. TELL YOUR FRIENDS: Tell all your friends and co-workers that you are looking for yarn. Put up a notice in your church bulletin. Often people purchase way too much (not me of course! lol) and are only happy to clear out their closets and attics!
4. ESTATES: Occasionally someone passes on and leaves a large amount of yarn that no one in the family wants. They are blessed to think that Grandma’s yarn is being put to good use. I am always astonished at the sheer volume of yarn I get this way.
5. ONLINE FREEBIE GROUPS: Go to Freecycle, Craig’s List or local Facebook Free Groups and request yarn. (Note from Mary – I’ve gotten carloads of yarn this way! One piece of advice – for safety reasons I never go alone and I never go inside a house. They can leave items on the porch.)
6. RAVELRY: Join Ravelry Not only do you get access to thousands of free patterns, but they have a bulletin board called Random Acts of Kindness where you can request (and offer) yarn. (Out of courtesy, they do ask that you be a member for month before asking for anything).
People love to donate if they know their items will be put to good use. Tell them about your charities. Show or post pictures of the ministry and how socks, gloves, scarves etc. are so desperately needed. Send them pictures of your finished items!
7. THRIFT STORES: Pop into your local thrift store on half price day and poke around. Sometimes they have yarn, sometimes they don’t. I have picked up great bargains at thrift stores.
8. BARGAIN STORES: There are a couple of surprising bargain stores where you can get yarn. Tuesday Morning stocks yarn (mostly higher-end). It’s too expensive for me at regular price, but there may be some in the clearance section for less than a dollar. Some Big Lots stores carry yarn (you have to look for it!). It is never on sale, but several times a year the entire store is 20% off. That is the perfect time to pick up a few skeins.
9. LOCAL YARN SHOP: Check the ones in your area (especially if you patronize it). You can ask if they have any partial skeins that have been returned that can’t be resold. Some yarn shops need samples knit up for display purposes. Often they will let you have the yarn. They might even give you the pattern if you agree to let the finished item be on display for six months or something.
10. BIG CRAFT STORES: Hobby Lobby, JoAnn Fabrics, Michaels, etc. Shop the sales and use coupons. Often JoAnns and Michaels sometimes have mill ends or “Fashion Plus” bags of yarn for $8.99 regular price. Usually you can use coupons and/or sales to knock the price down more than half that, and there’s usually the equivalent of 4-5 large skeins in a bag. Another tip – often the yarn on sale is more expensive than if it was not and you use a 40 or 50% off coupon. However Michaels has 10-15% off every day discounts for teachers, military and seniors on top of sales – CHECK HERE for info. JoAnns, Michaels and ACMoore also accept competitor’s coupons – make sure to bring the highest value.
Here are 2 extra TIPS:
Tell your loved ones that you would love some really pretty yarn for Birthdays or Mother’s Day. It doesn’t have to be your main gift, lol! But a skein in a fun color is a lovely little extra surprise gift.
As you might expect, I have more yarn stashed than I will ever use in my entire lifetime.
Thanks Barbara! Hopefully if you follow her tips to get FREE YARN – your stash will be overflowing as well! Again here are some free tutorials I’ve posted that can definitely use all your new found yarn! Colorful Dolls, Tossing Rings, my “Aunt Ida” simple hat pattern, and my 10 Washcloth Patterns!
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