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Selling sewing related items

suesew | Posted in Equipment and Supplies on

Does anyone know of a better site than ebay to sell sewing related books and items.? I am trying to downsize.


  1. Cherrypops | | #1

    Hello Suesew,

    If you are after online auction sites, this link will give you the top20.


    Where are you located? This link is for United Kindom sites:


    I personally use EbayAustralia but am thinking of going to another because of their rising fees. I am also considering my own webpage to sell my craft/sewing items.

    1. Lizsews | | #11

      I like your idea of having your own web page to sell things.  That way you can keep it up as long as you want with no fees. 

      1. Cherrypops | | #13

        I'll keep you posted. One of my pet projects for later this year.

        I also sell on Ebay. I don't make a fortune but it gets the goods out of my house! I have been lucky, I haven't had a bad sale or purchase.

        Edited 2/19/2007 6:40 pm by Cherrypops

  2. lovestosew | | #2

    Have you tried patternreview.com? They have a section for people who want to sell their sewing things - it's a great site & only takes minutes to join. Good luck with your downsizing.

    1. Teaf5 | | #4

      Thanks for this information.  I asked earlier about getting rid of patterns I no longer need but didn't get any specifics.

  3. fabricholic | | #3

    Can't you sell on Amazon.com? I buy a lot of sewing books there.


  4. HeartFire2 | | #5

    What books are you selling???

    1. suesew | | #6

      I have about l50 books sewing, craft, knitting, dolls etc. I am going to have to make up a list since I have had other requests. This could take awhile. Thanks for asking

      1. samsmomma | | #7

        somebody mentioned bidville.com on another forum so maybe that is one to check out too?

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    TwilaTee | | #8

    Why don't you try Craigs list? It's for local sales but I buy stuff off of that site often. E-bay is really terrible for the seller. I sold some vintage patterns on there and really got reamed. Good Luck!

    1. lilah | | #9

      I'm sorry to hear you've had such a bad experience with ebay.  I buy lots of things from there and have considered selling, but haven't tried it yet.  What do I need to look out for?

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        TwilaTee | | #10

        Well my experience was a comedy of errors. I should have set a "reserve" price. Because I didn't my auction went for less than what I had really wanted. Also I didn't check exactly how much it would cost me to ship it, including the BOX, so I got reamed there as well. I didnt' require the buyer use paypal, so she sent me a cashiers check that I had to struggle to have cashed. With all that and the added FEE to actually have the privelge to sell on E-bay, I think I end up in the hole on the transaction like $5. I'll NEVER do that again. I think it's better to just have a garage sale, or donate stuff to charity. Donations can be used as a tax examption, or reduction, or whatever its called. :) - I hope that was helpful and not too much of a jaded experience! :)

        1. Lizsews | | #12

          Sorry to hear you had a bad experience on eBay.  I've gone through the same thing.  One thing you can do is say that the seller is responsible for the postage.  You'll have to take the item to the post office to see how much it would cost to ship it or you can calculate postage at home by looking on the post office's web site to see how much they charge for the size package you have.  I still marvel at people who seem to rake in money on eBay hand over fist.  I've never been that lucky.   

        2. lilah | | #14

          Thanks for that information. It will be very useful to me if I ever do sell on e-bay. I buy lots of stuff off of e-bay and have never had any really bad experience. Probably the worst one was the packaging on a pair of shoes I bought. They were new, still in the box and with tags attached. The seller shipped them via USPS with the shoe box stuffed inside a paper grocery bag. The bag had ripped open and the box was starting to come apart. The shoes weren't damaged or anything, but I felt that the seller's shoddy packaging was a kind of bad attitude thing. Maybe they were upset that the shoes went so cheap. It was a pair of Doc Marten's for $8, but there was no reserve. Still, I have bought several sewing machines on e-bay and they have always been beautifully packaged and shipped by Fed-ex or UPS. And I'm always buying collectible and vintage sewing stuff. I'm sorry that you had such a bad experience.

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