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How to Save Money on Yarn

Updated on November 17, 2011
My cat checking out the new yarn - donated to me by a de-cluttering coworker
My cat checking out the new yarn - donated to me by a de-cluttering coworker | Source

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.


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    • larcaustin46 profile image

      larcaustin46 6 years ago from Austin, TX

      EBay is not only a great source for inexpensive yarn, it's an excellent place to look for discontinued colors!

    • RTalloni profile image

      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      These tips are important to keep in mind. Thanks for helping us think outside the box!

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      SKCandles 6 years ago from Canada

      Garage sales! I knew I forgot something!

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      Barbara Badder 6 years ago from USA

      I've heard of people getting entire boxes full for free on the freecycle groups. I can't believe how cheap I get it at garage sales here too. Nice hub.

    • SKCandles profile image

      SKCandles 6 years ago from Canada

      Sunnyglitter.. I recently got 3 balls of yarn for 1.99 total at the thrift shop. :)

      PageC... That works too.

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      Sunnyglitter 6 years ago from Cyberspace

      I never thought about looking for cheap yarn at the thrift stores. Thanks!

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      PageC 6 years ago

      I have many years' supply of yarn, because I stocked up on those Michaels sales. I may use your advice in reverse, and put in a Craigs List ad to sell some of it.