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« on: March 16, 2012 11:19:13 AM »

I have. Been going through my mums patterns and have found lots of old patterns and lots from magazines.

Any ideas if I could sell some patterns and give the ones from magazines to a charity or something,any money I do make will go to a memorial for my mum.

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« Reply #1 on: March 17, 2012 12:24:59 PM »

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Either way, I think that if you already have an avenue for selling things (craft fairs, Etsy, or a bustling local Craigslist), then I think you should go ahead and try to sell them. I don't know much about selling vintage knitting patterns, but you will need to decide whether you want to get the amount of money they are worth, or just sell them all so that you'll have some money. For example, maybe sell individual patterns and magazines for a dollar or two, and the books of patterns for three. Then again, there are people who will be willing to pay as much as $15 for a booklet depending on it's age and the patterns in it, so it's a trade off on waiting for the right buyer or selling them quickly.

I think mentioning that these were your mother's patterns and that proceeds of the sale will go towards honoring her memory (in a short but heartfelt sentence or two) is perfectly appropriate.

If you decide that your mother would be happier knowing her patterns are helping charitable works, then by all means, send them to Salvation Army or St. Vincent de Paul, or even better, a small community run thrift store where the proceeds go directly into the community. For example, my hometown has a thrift shop dedicated to running a dog kennel that holds the overflow of the local humane society, and they even have an adoption board in the shop and regularly have dogs visiting at the store who are waiting for adoption.

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« Reply #2 on: March 21, 2012 09:43:16 AM »

eBay is another possibility if you want to sell the patterns, plus I think they have a way to donate the proceeds of the sale to a charity. They aren't free, though; there may be a listing fee and there is usually a fee after they sell too. But it's a thought.


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« Reply #3 on: April 11, 2012 07:33:17 AM »

This website accepts donations of old patterns and booklets.  If the patterns are part of public doman, due to copy right laws, thy will post the patterns so all knitters can download the patterns for free and enjoy them.

http://www.freevintageknitting.com/  If you scroll down the page it says:

Do you have old leaflets and pattern books that are looking for a new home? Donate to us and you'll receive a surprise thank you gift! Our address for mailing is:

Purple Kitty LLC
172 Ellen St
Oswego, NY 13126

Want to learn to crochet or knit?  I have a ton of extra crochet hooks & circular knitting needles.  Will throw in some pattern books and yarn for anyone interested in a swap.
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