How to Effectively Destash Your Craft Supplies

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Posted on September 4, 2021 by Melika Jeddi
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It is a truth universally acknowledged that a crafter in possession of any amount of space and money must be in need of new craft supplies. But what about when you don’t have the space, or you’re looking to make a bit of money? Let’s face it, we crafty people tend to get a bit carried away when it comes to buying new supplies. Don’t deny it, I know about your drawer of shame. The craft paper that was on sale, and was so beautiful that you just had to have it, but that you’ve never got around to using. The gorgeous hand-dyed yarn that you just haven’t found the right project for yet. The stacks of stamps from when you convinced yourself that you’d try your hand at card-making, but you never did. It’s okay, we all have items like that.

The thing is, though, sometimes it can be hard knowing what to keep, and what to let go of, and that’s where this article comes in. There are 3 main reasons that you might want to get rid of some crafting supplies. You may be a little short on cash, and looking to boost your finances. Or perhaps your house is feeling a bit cramped, and you’d like to make some more space. Otherwise, it could just be that you want to buy some new craft supplies, but can’t really justify it with the amount that you already have. So let’s go through the best way to choose what stays and what goes for each scenario.

Craft Paper

If You’re Looking to Make Some Money

Craft supplies aren’t cheap. We all know that, and so it’s important to remember that pretty much every item in our stash was something we once paid good money for. As such, if you sell everything, you’ll be out a lot of money compared to your initial investment, and if you ever want to build up your stash again, then it’ll cost you more in the long run. As such, it’s important to consider which items to keep, and which to sell. If finances are your main priority, then you should be looking for the big-ticket items. Perhaps you have some high-quality crafting materials that you feel you either don’t need, or you could replace them with cheaper ones.

There’s also the possibility that you could make something out of your supplies and sell the finished product. Perhaps you could set aside a weekend to try and create some items to sell at a local stall or craft fair? Or you could try listing the finished items on a site like Etsy to attract buyers.

Once you’ve narrowed down which of your crafting supplies are likely to fetch the most money (and won’t be missed too much), then create listings for them on a site like eBay or Facebook Marketplace. Make sure to take clear pictures with decent lighting, so that buyers can easily see exactly what they’re getting. Write a detailed description of the item using colourful adjectives so that people will be tempted to buy from you. Good luck!

Money in a Jar

If You’re Looking to Clear Some Space

Whereas you’re looking to sell expensive items if money is your main motivator, when your main priority is to clear space, you should instead be looking for larger or unnecessary items. It’s also important to note that with this one, you should also take into account how convenient something is to store. For example, something fluffy like yarn can be stored in vacuum-sealed bags, which take up far less space than if you had the yarn just out on a shelf. Similarly, some things can be placed neatly in boxes and then stacked together. So as well as looking for larger items, also keep an eye out for items that are an inconvenient shape, and won’t easily fit into boxes.

You should also keep an eye out for supplies that you have an excess of, and consider whether you engage in that craft often enough to justify that amount. I mean, do you really need embroidery threads in every shade of the rainbow? And unless you’re spending hours a day on your Cricut machine, you probably don’t need all those hundreds of sheets of vinyl.

Once you’ve settled on what you’d like to get rid of, have a think about what to do. As money isn’t your priority, instead of selling each supply individually, it might be quicker and easier to just sell some items as a bundle. Group them into their respective crafts, and sell in one big lot. You might lose out on a bit of cash, but you’ll have that much-needed space. You could even donate items to charity projects such as Woolly Hugs, which create knitted and crocheted items for vulnerable people so that they have something to give them comfort.

Lots of Yarn

If You’re Looking to Replace With New Craft Supplies

Every now and then, you might just want to refresh your stash. Out with the old, and in with the new! For this one, the main question you should be asking yourself is “will I ever use it?” and if the answer is no, then it’s time to go. Of course, this isn’t always easy to decide, as we crafters have a bad habit of convincing ourselves that we will indeed get around to using something eventually.

So, instead of focusing on the item itself, and even before looking at your stash, make a list of all the crafts you’ve ever bought supplies for. Then, next to each of those crafts, write the approximate date that you last engaged in it, and a number on a scale of 1-10 based on how much you enjoy that craft. Anything that scored a 6 or under, you don’t need supplies for. Crafting should be enjoyable, and there’s no point in keeping things for a craft you don’t enjoy. It doesn’t mean you failed, it just means you tried it and it wasn’t for you.

For any craft that you haven’t engaged in for over a year, you don’t need many supplies. You can keep some bare basics in case you pick it up again in the future, but you don’t need very much, especially if there are other crafts that you do more frequently. If it’s been 6 months or more, then put those supplies into a ‘maybe pile’. For the next couple of months, treat the maybe pile as if you’ve got rid of those items. If you find yourself missing something, then feel free to take it out and keep it. After a couple of months, do the same process for the maybe pile that you did for items you hadn’t used for a year.

Now that you’ve cleared some items, you now have the justification to replace them with new supplies related to crafts that you’re currently interested in. There’s no rush, and you can just wait until you find supplies that you think will make you happy, and that you’ll use.

Organised Craft Supplies

Overall

It can be really healthy to declutter every now and then, and our stash can sometimes build up without us noticing. But hopefully, with these tips, you’ll be able to get it down to a manageable size, and maybe even make some money in the process! And if you’re looking for new projects to enjoy, then make sure to take advantage of all the incredible digital supplies that Creative Fabrica has to offer. You can have all the graphics and fonts that you want, without taking up any space in your home, and you only have to pay the monthly subscription fee to get unlimited access to thousands of great assets!


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