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Ashling
« on: October 09, 2013 08:35:35 PM »

I recently inherited a stash of patterns, many I will likely not use, most at least 10-20 years old.  I've been checking sites like Etsy and Ebay to see what they go for, and some of the go for super cheap.  So cheap I wonder if they even make up the shipping cost.  Is it worth the time and effort to try to sell them individually, or are there places I can sell them in bulk to, like a used book or video store?  I could really use some cash now, but I'm concerned that trying to sell them is a losing battle.  Any advice?  Thanks.
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« Reply #1 on: October 16, 2013 05:19:20 AM »

I would sell them in a lot on ebay, and try to load them off onto someone else who sells used patterns on a regular basis.
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« Reply #2 on: October 16, 2013 12:43:36 PM »

I agree, selling them all at once sounds like a good idea.

I don't think selling them individually would be worth the effort or shipping cost, like you mentioned.

It's always better to focus on a few expensive items, rather than lots of cheaper items.

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« Reply #3 on: October 16, 2013 07:50:27 PM »

What's a good number for a lot?  I think I have about 30.  Is that good, or too many?  How should I price it?
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« Reply #4 on: October 17, 2013 06:08:06 AM »

I buy a lot of old patterns, so I have some thoughts to add.   Are any of them uncut?  Are they all uncut?   Are they all for the same type of articles (craft items, women's clothing, kid's clothing, costumes, etc.).  Group together like items and if possible like quality.  Also think about shipping costs, will the lot fit in a flat rate shipping box/envelope? 

30 is probably a little big for a lot (although there are lots out there that big).  10ish is probably great.   

One other thought, check some of the pattern numbers on ebay/etsy to find out if they are patterns that sell individually because some will sell quite well (certain costumes, doll clothes, timeless formal wear, things like that).  This should give you an idea about pricing. 
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« Reply #5 on: October 17, 2013 06:09:12 AM »

I hit post too soon... Good luck with the endeavour, I always chicken out and just send my old patterns to thrift stores, so I would love to hear how it goes for you.
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« Reply #6 on: October 17, 2013 08:14:38 AM »

I hadn't thought about flat rate boxes!  I sold a pattern once years ago to someone I met online, but the shipping killed me.  The post office's website gave me the wrong price for international shipping, so the shipping cost as much as she paid me.

Some of them are uncut, and the majority of them are women's clothes.

I did look at Etsy for pricing.  It seems like the higher priced ones are all the ones I want to keep!  I guess there's a reason for that!  That's a good idea though, I'll separate out the few that are worth selling on their own and lot the rest.
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