• Ellen Kardell

Selling Your Yarn—Part 2

I've had a number of inquiries, and thought I'd make a post on specifics.


1. Photos: I need medium or high resolution photos of your yarn, ideally in natural light.

Here's an example of a photo that doesn't work at all (it's too low res, badly lit and there are skeins that I can barely see at the bottom of the pile). This is some yarn that I've already photographed and am in the process of color correcting.


Below is a better shot. It's higher resolution and you can see the texture of the yarn. The colors aren't accurate at all, but that isn't as important. I spend a lot of time doing color correcting, but I don't expect you to do it. This is enough for me to get a good idea of what you've got.

2. The List: The next thing I need is a list of what you've got. Consider a format like this:


Yarn Name Color Weight Quantity

Sheldridge Farm Soft Touch Ultra Apricot Fingering 2

Noro Silk Garden Sock Green/brown Fingering 1


I don't need to know the color numbers or dyelots or other label details. I have created a pdf form for this. If you would like a copy, please email me.


3. The offer: I've been working with a business mentor to come up with a consignment agreement that's uncomplicated and easy to understand. For consignment, we will split the proceeds of the sale 50/50. As outlined in my last post, I vastly prefer to buy outright than consign. You can tell me what you need to get, or I can make you an offer based on what I think I can get for the yarn.


Here's what I'm looking for: Gorgeous yarn! Bonus points for rare, unusual, vintage yarns in natural fibers. No big box brands (Joann, Hobby Lobby, Michaels, Lion Brand), acrylics, less than full skeins, damaged skeins/balls, unlabeled skeins, "caked" yarns (unless they are manufactured that way), or easily available yarns like Cascade 220 or Lamb's Pride, or yarns that are commonly deeply discounted. I have not had success selling books, but I'm open to seeing what you have. I'm not taking patterns, needles, or notions.


I hope this helps! Let's get some yarn moving out of our plastic bins and into the hands of crafters who will use it!




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