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Garage Sale Occasional Shop

Garage Sale Update + FAQ
for Spring 2023


Will Textile Center be holding Textile Garage Sales in 2023?

Yes! The plan is to have one in the spring and one in the fall.


When and where will the Spring 2023 Textile Garage Sale take place?

We thought we were set with an April event, but alas, our location has fallen through!
We are working hard to find another location, preferably for late April, or sometime this spring.
If you know of an available 3000+ sq foot warehouse near Textile Center, with at-grade load-in access and ample parking, please contact Nancy Gross at ngross@textilecentermn.org.


Should I still hold onto the fiber art materials I’ve been collecting to donation?

Yes, please! We appreciate your holding onto your donations until our donation date is announced, which will be determined once we have a location and event date.


What if I’m moving soon and can’t hold onto my items?

We understand that not everyone will be able to store their items until our events. We suggest possibly finding a friend to hang on to them for you until our donation day, or donating them to another non-profit organization that would benefit from the materials. (Unfortunately, Textile Center does not have storage space to accept Garage Sale donations on site.)


What types of donated fiber art materials do you take for the Textile Garage Sale?

Scroll down on this page to our “How to Donate” section!

What is Textile Center’s Garage Sale?

Calling all artists, students, makers, and DIYers! Shop donated textile and fiber art making materials at discounted prices to keep you busy crafting all year long.

Proceeds support Textile Center’s artistic and educational programs, and promote better care for our environment through reuse!.

Find fabric + yarn + patterns + tools + books + notions + machines + so much more!

All Garage Sale Variations

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.

Garage Sale Occasional Shop

Location TBD

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.

World’s Largest Textile Garage Sale

U of MN ReUse Program • Spring (typically April)

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.

Pop Up Garage Sale

Textile Center • Fall (typically October)

Not being held during pandemic

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.