Saving Money on Yarn

March 29, 2010

balls of yarnDo you like to knit or crochet? Yarn can be quite expensive and you can't always hit the sales.

Did you know you can find bags of yarn at some thrift stores? I often find big bags of yarn for very little money. I also find unused, unopened craft supplies like embroidery sets, etc.


Collect yarn this way and make pretty holiday gifts over the summer.

Happy thrifting.

By Gooby from Straughn, IN

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November 16, 2010

To save money on small knitting or crochet projects, purchase small crocheted or knitted throws from the thrift stores or yard sales. Launder the yarn items and allow to dry. Once they are dry, you can proceed to "reclaim" the yarn by unraveling the pieces carefully.

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November 19, 2008

I approached the manager of the thrift store and asked whether I could buy the odd lots at a reduced price. They wouldn't have to discard it, and I could sort through it to my heart's content.

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September 11, 2015

I was wondering if you could help me. I am in the process of teaching children to knit and crochet, thanks to my loving son. We have asked the parents to donate a ball of wool or a pair of needles, but not a thing has come in so I bought all the needles and hooks myself.

It has really cost a lot of money and I was wondering if anyone knew anywhere I can buy bulk yarn cheaply? I just can't afford to buy the wool and I so want to do this. Thank you.


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Have you tried Craigslist or Freecycle? Sometimes people have stuff they'd like to donate or just get out of their house, and if you write a nice ad about why you need it they will give it to you. Craigslist and Freecycle are free to use, and fairly easy as well.


I wish you the best in this worthy undertaking!

**If you have never done this before---please meet them in a very public place, like a mall or public library**

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Check the thrift stores for knitted and crocheted sweaters, afghans, etc. Unravel them, wrap the yarn around a jar or something similar and wet the yarn. Then let it dry and that should take out most of the kinks from the stitches.

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September 14, 20150 found this helpful
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Check with your church. I have several ladies that give me the "left overs" to make things with that I end up giving away! Other places you would have to pay for (more than likely) are the salvation Army Store or any second hand store or even yard sales.


If you don't see it, ask. Sometimes the ladies don't put it out as they think no one will want it!

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May 3, 2016

This is a page about recycle yarn from old sweaters. Old outdated sweaters of your own or thriftstore finds are a great source for reclaimed yarn.

A knitted item with a ball of yarn being unraveled from it.

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