I recently wrote a blog post for Alison Day Designs with my top 10 ways to bash your scrapbooking stash. The funny thing is… I didn’t even THINK of selling my supplies. (Maybe I AM a hoarder!)
Thankfully, to bring you the rest of the story on what you can do with those scrappy supplies my friend Dawn Stegall agreed to share her 12 ways to clear out your stash.
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EDIT: In this fast-paced world of the internet things are constantly changing. This post has been updated to reflect that.
Let’s meet Dawn…
Hello my name is Dawn Stegall and I’m a stamper, scrapbooker, and busy mom of four girls. I also previously owned a Christian scrapbooking site. After 8 years I decided to let the blog and store go and change my business to be more of a ministry. However, I was left with two questions. One, what do I do now? Two, what about all that stuff in my basement?
While there are several avenues for selling your excess scrapbooking supplies, I couldn’t find the “perfect” solution for me. In the meantime, I continued to look for a new business venture to pursue. Between my research and the need to find a good place online to sell my excess inventory (not to mention I love a good bargain) I stumbled upon an answer.
Why not start a site just for buying and selling rubberstamping and scrapbooking supplies?
And so StampScrapSold was born! ***edit: This site no longer exists, I wish Dawn all the best with her new endeavours.
While the main focus is bringing buyers and sellers together, I will also be sharing rubberstamping/scrapbooking resources including: articles, videos, product reviews and more as I stumble across something fun worth sharing.
12 Ways to Clear Out Your Stash of Scrapbooking Supplies
Do you have too many scrapbooking supplies? Perhaps you can relate to one of the following situations with your scrapbooking supplies:
- Simply purchased too much
- Your style/taste has changed over the years
- You used to be in business and have excess inventory
- You just aren’t interesting in scrapbooking anymore (gasp)
If any of the above sound like you, then here are twelve ways to clear out your overflowing stash of scrapbooking supplies. You can either give them away or sell them. First, let’s cover GIVING your supplies away.
You could always put together a small package and RAK a fellow scrapbooker. RAK stands for Random Act of Kindness. Similarly, if you regularly get together with other scrapbookers, let them look through your unwanted stash.
2. Secret Sister Swap
There are several secret sister swaps or something similar around the internet. Perhaps you could send something as part of their monthly package. Of course you don’t just want to unload your unwanted items, but if there is something that fall into their likes, why not?
You can always donate to a shelter, schools, hospitals, girl scouts, etc.
4. Your kids
And finally, let your kids create their own scrapbooks. I enjoy it when my girls scrap with me, but honestly sometimes I don’t want them using my “good” stuff. Now they can create right along side of you.
Now let’s discuss ways to SELL your unwanted or unneeded scrapbooking supplies.
Ebay is a popular choice for selling excess of anything. One downside is the cost of listing fees. Add to that the cost to relist if your item doesn’t sell and it can add up. However, they now have 50 free listings per month. Keep in mind if you have to relist and if you do 7 day auctions, you can list 12 items throughout the month. Another downside is having to wait for the auction to end. The upside is Ebay’s popularity. Most people think of Ebay first when wanting to buy and sell.
Etsy is a place for buying and selling hand crafted items. They also allow the selling of craft supplies. There is a small listing fee of .20 good for four months and a final value fee as well. You still need to drive traffic to your listing as yours could get lost quickly in all the listings.
Craigslist is great because it is free and you don’t have to deal with shipping (most of the time). However, you are limited to your local area. I’m also not sure what kind of exposure your ad will get.
8. Garage sale
You can always have a garage sale and sell your unwanted items. The downside is you probably won’t get what they are worth. Garage sales tend to price pretty cheap. If you are more interested in getting rid of the supplies, then this is a good option.
9. Facebook/Yahoo groups
There are several groups on the internet more specifically on Facebook and Yahoo created just for selling scrapbooking supplies. I personally found it difficult to keep up with Facebook. If there are several ads, yours can get lost quickly and possibly not even seen. The upside is it is free and targeted.
Some forums allow you to post ads or have special forums just for buying and selling. Two that come to mind are Two Peas in a Bucket and Split Coast Stampers. Be sure to read the rules before posting. The downside is your ad being seen by many buyers. The upside is it is free and targeted.
11. Local scrapbook stores
Many local scrapbooking stores hold sidewalk sales or something similar a couple times a year. Check with your local store and ask if they have anything. Most pay in store credit. If you are looking to get rid of the old to make room for the new, this would be a great situation for you. However, if you are no longer interested in scrapbooking, this wouldn’t be a good option.
12. Stamp Scrap Sold ***edit: this site no longer exists
StampScrapSold is a website just for buying and selling rubberstamping and scrapbooking supplies. As a seller, you can list free as many items as you would like. There are social media icons to easily promote your listing throughout your networks. StampScrapSold even promotes for you throughout their social media network.
I hope these 12 ideas will get your juices flowing and come up with a way to clear out your stash. Whether you decide to sell or give away your items, the extra space from clearing out will not only give you more room but energy to be creative!
Dawn created a great info-graphic to help remember the various ways to deal with our scrapbook supplies. Feel free to Pin this on your scrapbooking Pinterest board!
Thank you Dawn for sharing your wonderful stash busting tips. I know exactly what she means when she says that clearing out some extra space doesn’t just give you space but the energy to be creative! I hope you will check out StampScrapSold to find some inspiring new scrapbooking treasures or to list the ones you are ready to part with.
Don’t forget to check out my guest post at AlisonDayDesigns.com/10-ways-to-bust-your-stash/
Now that you have cleared out your stash of scrapbooking supplies it’s time to ORGANIZE the supplies you are keeping! Aby Garvey is the co-founder of Simplify 101. She spends her time helping people around the world get organized. If your scrapbooking supplies could use a little organization you’ll want to check out her Organize, Energize class!
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