Finding Sources for Donated Yarn?

I work for a non-profit organization and we are currently putting together an event for Earth Day on April 22nd. One of the crafts that we want to do calls for a lot of yarn. Due to our limited budget as a non-profit sector, I am in desperate need of donated yarn.


Any ideas for me?


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March 4, 20170 found this helpful
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Put a want ad on Freecycle or Craigslist. You could also go to yarn stores or Joanne's or Michael's and ask for donations.

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March 5, 20170 found this helpful

First off, where are you? I ask because if you aren't too far away, I can send you some.
That said, go to thrift stores and ask them to donate. They also sell a lot of yarn still skeined and rolled for uber cheap. I once got a big bag of unskeined for 8.99 and it had 56.00 of yarn inside if I had bought it new.


Also, you didn't say what the craft is. If it's for pets, I suggest you repurpose yarn and buy all the mufflers, hats, and afghans in good shape you can and have a "frogging" party where you unravel everything (rip it rip it rip it) and make your crafts.
If they are for babies, this won't work. Don't over look Walmart, Micheal's or JoAnn's crafts. Offer them advertising chops for donating. Good PR is never wasted and if your crafts are for babies or's also great for them to participate.
I sure hope you do well. You can contact me through here if I can help further.
PS: I am including three shots of yarn I have to frog. Some closeups give you an idea of the prices I have paid which aren't much. I make cat mats for my local shelter so the quality isn't an issue but of course, it might be for you folks.

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March 6, 20171 found this helpful
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I guess I should have started off by including my location. Apologies! I am in Fresno, California.

We are going to be yarn bombing trees in our public park for Earth Day.


I attached a photo so you can get a better sense of what I am talking about.

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March 8, 20170 found this helpful

Wow, these trees look amazing. Please share a picture after earth day!

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March 23, 20170 found this helpful

I live in Ione, Ca I have lots of excess yarn where are you located?

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April 24, 20170 found this helpful

Hi I'm Erica and I've decided to get started on knitting hats for the homeless around my city I did it last year and ran out quick this yr it looks worst there are so many more on the street it makes me sad I'm in vista ca and can use any help

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July 23, 20180 found this helpful

What a waste of good yarn. So many hats, scarves, blankets could be made for needy people

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March 5, 20171 found this helpful

Different places (like churches, thrift stores) will usually gladly help if the cause is a good one - especially if it involves children but since we do not know where you are located (US?) all suggestions may not be available for you.


Freecycle and Craigslist are both very good sources for free stuff but there is also another site that is not always mentioned but it is very good for stuff like this. You may want to check it out:

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