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How to Save Money on Yarn
Where I live, 1 pound of mill ends is $7 a bag. This would be worth $168 here!
Whether you are a knitter or a crocheter, you need yarn in order to practice your craft. But depending on what you are making it could end up being quite costly. But with that said, there are some things that you can look for to help you save a bit of money.
Sales – An easy way to save money on yarn is to buy when it is on sale. If you live near a Michaels, you will get their flyers which will show you when things go on special as well as their coupons. As the Christmas holidays get closer, they put out more coupons to help you with your shopping. Many other stores that also carry yarn tend to carry sale and clearance items which can also help your pocketbook.
EBay – If you are a person who is comfortable shopping online, Ebay can be a great place to find deals. I have found some great deals through Ebay but just like anything else, you need to know pricing as some things are not as good of a deal as you may think. Keep your eye on the price of shipping as that can take something from being a good deal to being the same price as local.
Thrift Shops – I know of several people who have found some good deals by going to the thrift shops. The only problem with this is that you may not find enough yarn to make a larger project like a sweater but it can be a good way to get a few bits and pieces. I have also heard of people buying sweaters and unravelling them, but that can be a lot of work. That said, it is a great way to save money. Homemade sweaters are better for these as they tend to be easier to deconstruct.
Local Classifieds – If you have any local classifieds where you live, it can be a good idea to look on there. Chances are if people have yarn that they no longer have a use for, they will be selling it for a relatively low price. If you do not see any ads for people selling yarn, then you may want to try putting up your own advertisement stating that you are looking for yarn.
Family – Sometimes you have family members who used to craft but cannot any longer for a variety of reasons. If you ask them nicely, they may be willing to donate or sell their stash off to you. But be careful how you approach them on this as you may offend them.