At a Glance

Where: UMN ReUse Center
883 29th Ave SE Minneapolis 55414

Donation Day

  • Thursday, April 11, 10 am – 7 pm
  • Bring donations to 2811 Weeks Ave SE (behind ReUse Center)

Preview Sale

  • Friday, April 12, 5:30 – 8 pm
  • Admission: $30/$25 members in advance
    At the door: $35

Textile Garage Sale

  • Saturday, April 13, 8 am – 4 pm
  • Admission: $3
    (includes $1 facility fee)
  • Bag Sale: 3 – 4 pm
    All that fits a paper bag for $5!

A warehouse full of textile treasures will be sold at garage sale prices to the public–artists, students, makers, crafters, groups doing charity work, and bargain lovers! Donations are tax deductible, and all sales benefit Textile Center’s programs.


Donation Day

Thursday, April 11 10 am – 7 pm

Bring donations to 2811 Weeks Ave SE (behind the ReUse Warehouse). From Como Ave SE, turn south on 29th Ave East, then right onto Weeks Ave. Look for a large garage door and driveway on your right.

Pull up, pop your trunk, and volunteers will help unload. All donations are tax-deductible; ask for your donation receipt when you drop off. Please donate in recyclable or reusable boxes or tubs.

Are you a business with a huge stash to donate? Are you moving and need to donate your stash before April? Call Textile Center and we can try to accommodate.

See our handy donation tips!


The Preview Sale

Friday, April 12 • 5:30 – 8 pm

Beat the crowds, enjoy music from D.J. Rey, and refreshments! The Preview Sale offers first chance at all the goods the Garage Sale has to offer, including the “Oval Room” of premium merchandise such as sewing machines, looms, high quality yarns and fabrics.

  • Admission: in advance $30 / $25 members
    At the Door: $35
  • At the U of MN ReUse Center • 883 29th Ave SE Minneapolis 55414

The World’s Largest Textile Garage Sale

Saturday, April 13 • 8 am – 4 pm

The greatest textile garage sale under the sun! A plethora of fiber finds plus the “Oval Room” of premium merchandise.

Bag Sale from 3 – 4 pm. Everything must go! All you can stuff into a bag (paper grocery-sized) for $5. If it doesn’t fit, it’s 50% off!

  • Admission: $3 (includes a $1 facility fee)
  • At the U of MN ReUse Center • 883 29th Ave SE Minneapolis 55414

The Garage Sale is a zero waste event; please BYOBag!


Over 200 volunteers sort, price, and sell the donated items – we couldn’t do it without you! Volunteer Job Descriptions. Volunteer shifts will open in February 2019.

Program Partner: University of Minnesota ReUse Program

The University of Minnesota is not endorsing or sponsoring the activities conducted by Textile Center on the University of Minnesota campus. The relationship between the University of Minnesota and Textile Center is solely that of licensor and licensee.


We accept…

  • fabric (NO scraps smaller than a fat quarter)
  • yarn
  • patterns
  • sewing & fiber art notions, thread, buttons
  • needles, crochet hooks, fiber art tools
  • books related to fiber art – including sewing, knitting, patterns, etc
  • working sewing machines – please include spool(s) of thread if your machine is threaded up
  • working knitting machines
  • working weaving looms (with all parts)
  • needlework tools & materials
  • trims, ribbons, embellishments
  • felt, wool fleece
  • ONLY if unopened and less than a year old: dyes, paints, pigments, dye and surface design chemicals

We do NOT accept…

  • fabric scraps smaller than a fat quarter – NO SCRAPS, PLEASE!
  • finished goods (clothing, bed linens, etc)
  • magazines – please contact our Librarian in advance before donating magazines at 612-436-0464 or
  • dirty, moldy or smoke damaged items
  • broken/non-working machines or tools

Please price your items in advance if possible. We appreciate your time!

  • Price in whole dollar amounts only.
  • Use permanent ink to clearly mark prices on stickers or tape, and fasten securely.
  • Consider the item’s age and condition, and assign a value approximately 25% to 50% of the original cost. If you know the fiber content and yardage, include it on your label.
  • Do NOT price patterns.
  • Package or bundle your small items. Place ribbons, buttons, or fabric scraps larger than a fat quarter in a securely sealed, clear plastic bag. Then, price them all together.