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Garage Sale Occasional Shop

Textile Garage Sale Occasional Shops are back for summer 2022!


Are you an artist, student, maker, DIYer, or simply love a bargain? Shop donated textile and fiber art making materials at discounted prices, while promoting better care for our earth through reuse! All proceeds support Textile Center’s artistic and educational programs.

With a room stacked high with fabric, yarn, patterns, tools, books, notions, machines, and so much more at garage sale prices, the possibilities of what you can create are endless.


New sale location: Textile Center Annex (Unit #230) at the Art & Architecture building

3338 University Ave SE, Mpls, MN 55414


We are maintaining many COVID-19 protocols – as well as following the City of Minneapolis, State of MN and CDC requirements and guidelines – to keep everyone safe!


NEXT SALE: Thursday – Saturday, August 25 – 27

August Sale Details


  • Thursday, August 25, 4 pm – 6 pm
  • Friday, August 26, 9 am – 4 pm
  • Saturday, August 27, 9 am – 1 pm



  • Timed entry tickets (Prices vary by day and entry time (all fees included): Thursday, $30; Friday, $5 & $2; Saturday, free
  • Up to 2 hours of shopping time per ticket
  • Please note: There is no public restroom in the building – please plan ahead.
  • Cashless shopping experience — Visa, Mastercard, Amex, and Discover accepted
  • Masks are required (please bring your own)
  • Tickets are non-refundable
  • Bring your own shopping bag, but do not bring a cart
  • Open to shoppers ages 16+ — Sorry, no children allowed
  • Parking, entry information, and additional details in the ticket purchase link
  • If you are feeling sick, have COVID-19 symptoms, or have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, kindly do not attend


    • Show your emailed ticket on your mobile device (or bring a printed copy) at entry, and we will scan the QR code
    • Ticket price
      • Thursday: End of Summer Special – Reduced Price! $30
      • Friday: $5 & $2 ticket times
      • Saturday: End of Summer Special!  Free and open entry (No timed entry or ticket required.  All shoppers must check out by 1 pm) + Discount Day! (End-of-summer saving on purchases – details to be announced)
    • Tickets are non-refundable


  • Donation appointments have sold out, but feel free to check back in case of cancellations.
  • By appointment time, Thursday, August 11, 12:30 pm – 5:30 pm
  • Scroll down on this page for donation tips



We could use your help and expertise! Special perk for volunteers: access to a volunteer shopping day next week, before the big sale.

More info to come.

All Garage Sale Variations

Garage Sale Occasional Shop

Textile Center Annex at Art & Architecture
3338 University Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414

Next sale: Thurs – Sat, August 25 – 27, 2022

Shop fabric, patterns, tools, notions, books, yarn, and more — in a COVID-conscious environment. With timed ticketing, social distancing, and masks required, the Occasional Shop keeps safety top of mind.

World’s Largest Textile Garage Sale

U of MN ReUse Program • Spring (typically April)

Not being held during pandemic

Shop a warehouse stacked high with fabric, yarn, patterns, tools, sewing machines, books, notions and more at garage sale prices! The possibilities of what you can create are endless.

Pop Up Garage Sale

Textile Center • Fall (typically October)

Not being held during pandemic

Same great selection of textile and fiber art supplies and materials, at a smaller-scale sale! Located at our home in Prospect Park.

Did you know Textile Center members get first dibs on tickets, donation time slots, and volunteer shifts?

Join or renew your membership here!

How to Donate

Thanks for thinking about Textile Center for your donations of textiles and fiber art supplies!

          • Our Garage Sales have specified donation days, and we do NOT have storage capacity to accept donations outside of these days. We hope that donors will honor the donation times for each event.

          • Donation days are announced via our email newsletters. Sign up to receive our newsletters here. For questions regarding donations, please contact info@textilecentermn.org.

          • Reminder: Textile Center members get first dibs on tickets, donation time slots, and volunteer shifts. Join or renew your membership here!

Donating items on our donation days? Great!
Here are some donation tips:

Please box your donated goods and label with the appropriate category below. DO NOT pre-price your items — our volunteers will do that! If you know the fiber content of your fabric or yarn, please make note, as it will help us more quickly sort goods.

Click the “+” to expand a list of what items we accept and do NOT accept.

Items We Accept

Basketry Supplies




  • All fiber art topics and techniques

Dye Supplies

  • ONLY if unopened and less than a year old: dyes, paints, pigments, dye and surface design chemicals


  • Fabric must be larger than a “fat quarter,” or a one-fourth yard cut that measures roughly 18? x 21? (NO SCRAPS!)
  • Please roll and tape smaller fabric bundles
  • Mark yardage and fiber content, if known

Global Textiles


  • Any fiber art technique, new or opened

Knitting Machines

  • Knitting machines, in working condition – please include cords


  • Looms, table and small size, in working condition, with all parts
  • If you have a very large item to donate (floor loom, etc.) please contact us first. Email Nancy Gross at ngross@textilecentermn.org


  • Canvas, needlework tools, embroidery floss & materials


  • Buttons, zippers, trims, ribbons, threads, embellishments, sewing needles, etc.


Sewing Patterns

Sewing Machines

  • Sewing machines, in working condition – please include bobbins & cords
  • If you have a very large item to donate (long arm quilting machine system, etc.) please contact us first. Email Nancy Gross at ngross@textilecentermn.org

Spinning Wheels


  • Small hand tools such as crochet and rug hooks, knitting needles, hoops, scissors, cutting mats, rulers

Unfinished Objects (UFO’s)

  • Unfinished projects: knitting, sewing, quilts, kits, etc.

Vintage Fabrics & Trims


  • Skeins, balls, and cones; all yarn types
  • Label with fiber content, if known

Items We DON'T Accept

          • NO fabric scraps (Fabric must be a “fat quarter,” a one-fourth yard cut that measures roughly 18″ x 21″, or larger)
          • NO finished goods (draperies, curtains, tablecloths, bed linens, etc.)
          • NO dirty, moldy or smoke damaged items
          • NO broken/non-working machines or tools
          • NO magazines, please!

Questions? Call Textile Center at 612-436-0464 or email info@textilecentermn.org.

Garage Sale Attendee Creations

Share your photos and inspire future garage sale attendees! Email a photo and description of a project you made from Garage Sale materials to Communications Manager Mia Finnamore at mfinnamore@textilecentermn.org.