3 places you may have never thought of when looking for discount yarns – and one way to get yarn FREE
When you first started knitting, did you have any idea that you might start seeing your cash disappear from your wallet as quickly as yarn disappears from your lap?
I know I certainly didn’t! But the sad truth is that if you love to knit, you’ll probably start buying yarn like crazy.
High-quality yarn can be quite expensive. And even acrylic yarn — which many charity knitters purchase because of its durability — can be pricey if you get the good stuff, or a lot of it.
The more you knit — and for those of us who love to knit, that’s pretty much all we’re doing during our free time! — the more yarn you’ll need.
And the more yarn you need? The more you’re likely to go in search of discount yarn.
Fortunately, it isn’t hard these days to find good yarn at great prices. You just need to know where to look…
3 Great Places for Looking for Discount Yarns
1. Thrift stores. The first place I always look for discount yarn is at thrift stores. Often knitters finish projects and still have yarn left over, so they donate it. Sometimes it’s still new, still with the wrappers on, and still perfectly knittable.
(Is “knittable” a word? Well, it should be!)
Check out this yarn I once found at a thrift store. This is Rowan Chunky Wool. Rowan is not a cheap brand at all… and I was able to score this ball for a cool $2! That is by far the best deal I’ve ever gotten on wool yarn.
And take a look at the super-cute boot toppers I made with it!
2. Local yarn shop. The next place to check for discount yarn is at your local yarn shop(s). Your first instinct might be to say, “Ugh, the yarn there is way too expensive!” But: most yarn shops have discount bins, or at least regular sales events – especially if it’s at the end of a season.
(And, you never know – if you mention that you’re knitting for charity, the store might discount the yarn!)
3. Garage sales. One final place I look for discount yarn is at garage sales. Again, I’ve found new skeins of amazing yarns that I might not otherwise be able to afford, just by rummaging at garage sales.
Also, if you don’t see yarn at a garage sale… ask if they have any yarn they’d like to unload. You’d be surprised at how many times I’ve heard of folks who didn’t want to bother even putting out their old yarn because they were sure no one would want it!
Finally, here’s one way you can get yarn absolutely free: just tell anyone you know of that you enjoy knitting for charity.
Knit in public. Knit among your friends. It won’t be long until everyone wants to unload their unwanted yarn off you. I’m not even kidding: at least HALF of my yarn stash has come from donations from people who know I love to knit!
So if you’re looking for discount yarn, don’t forget about those 3 places. And don’t forget to make your knitting love known. You may be surprised at how many donations you receive!
Got any more ideas for finding deeply discounted, or even free, yarn? Comment below!