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« on: October 13, 2011 12:56:10 PM »

I've been crocheting for a while now, but I only buy a skein or two of yarn whenever I'm in the mood to crochet.
Well, I've decided to stock up on yarn, but I'd really prefer not to pay full price.
Does anyone have any tips on how to save money on yarn?
« Reply #1 on: October 14, 2011 12:15:01 AM »

I always buy yarn fro, the charity shop (I give it the sniff test first), usually it's 50p a ball, but recently I got 5 balls of chunky for 1.99, 7 balls of nice varigated black and purple yarn for 1.99 and 7 balls of expensive wool and acrylic mix for 25p each, so I think it's definately worth it!  Also ebay...if you search yarn/wool job lot or similar you can get loads of wool for cheap prices Smiley

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« Reply #2 on: October 16, 2011 12:11:39 PM »

I don't find charity shops in my area have wool for a low price; sometimes they're more expensive than a store!

A good place to buy wool (sometimes) from is car boot sales, when they're on. Takes luck, though. Sometimes there is a ridiculous amount of wool, sometimes there isn't a ball to be found.   Undecided

Oh, and check to see if there's a market near where you are. There might be a stall or two that sells cheap wool.
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« Reply #3 on: October 16, 2011 06:32:30 PM »

There are a lot of wholesalers on Etsy and Ebay, if you've got the time to shop around.  Also, if you're into recycled crafts, you can make rag, t-shirt, or plastic yarn, or use all kinds of other materials.

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« Reply #4 on: November 14, 2011 03:36:25 PM »

I never buy yarn full price! lol I always wait until the brands I use go on sale, some times it takes a while but I am greatly rewarded. Becuase of this I tend to buy a lot at once, and when I randomly need just one or two skeins I bring a few 40% off coupons with me (The stores I shop at usually have one weekly) and make several transactions, or go on multiple days since I don't live too far from the stores I go to.

If you don't have chain craft stores like Michael's, Hobby Lobby and Joann's you can always shop online. Though if you buy from the makers it's going to me more expensive, so I would stick with ebay or something like it. My only issue with ebay is most sellers sell several of ONE color in each listing, I have hardly ever seen a mix of colors that are brand new and not partially used.

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« Reply #5 on: November 14, 2011 04:25:04 PM »

I just bought 6 skeins of yarn at michaels. Theres a sale on this week, I got the craftsmart value- 1.99 for a skein. Its medium worsted weight yarn. Red heart is on sale too for 2.49 but there isnt much of a difference besides colors. (they both give you the same amount of yarn [yrds])
« Reply #6 on: November 24, 2011 08:58:57 PM »

I pick up yarn from thrift stores I can usually find Red Heart Brand there all the time usually 3 skeins in a bag for $1.99-$2.99 sometimes I find smaller size brands .99 cents a skein it just depends...
« Reply #7 on: November 25, 2011 06:29:32 PM »

The chain stores typically run coupons every week.  I also check out mill ends.
« Reply #8 on: December 04, 2011 08:21:01 PM »

I just went to the Dollar Tree Store today where I found 2oz skeins of yarn for $1.00. I nabbed about 24 of them (even though I really don't need to add to my stash), but $24 for 24 skeins of yarn? Yes please! I also check out Ollie's if you have that near you. They sometimes have full skeins anywhere from $1.00-$3.00. I can't pass that up either!
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« Reply #9 on: January 08, 2012 07:51:26 PM »

Another thing you can do is become a member of your local freecycle group and see if anyone has any yarn you can have. Often people will de-stash there. Also you can check out craigslist too!

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