Donations on April 20 - Preview Sale on April 21 - The Big Sale April 22, 2017

Donations on April 20 – Preview Sale on April 21 – The Big Sale April 22, 2017

Your Guide to the Textile Garage Sale

So much more than a garage sale … It’s a celebration of fiber & thrift!

Are you an artist, student, crafter, church group, guild doing charity work, or just love a bargain? Here’s how it works: Individuals and businesses donate fabric, yarn, thread, notions, kits, patterns, magazines, books, beads, buttons, sewing machines, tools, looms, specialty equipment – a warehouse full of fiber finds! These treasures are then resold at garage sale prices to YOU. Donations are tax deductible, & it all benefits Textile Center’s programs.

Check out the donations coming in for our Silent Auction, featuring the opportunity to “Buy It Now” during the Preview Party and Big Sale.


Donations  of Materials Accepted

When: Thursday, April 20 from 10 am to 7 pm

Where: U of M ReUse Warehouse  at 883 29th Ave SE, Minneapolis
Follow 29th Ave East, take a right onto Weeks Ave, then first right into the ReUse driveway.
We will have volunteers available to help you unload your car.

Are you a business with a huge stash to donate? Are you moving and need to donate your stash before April 7? Call Textile Center and we can accommodate! Textile Center is a 501 (c) 3, so all donations are tax-deductible!


The Preview Sale

Beat the crowds, enjoy music from D.J. Rey, and refreshments! The Preview Sale offers the first chance at all the goods the Garage Sale has to offer, including a “Buy it Now” option for the Silent Auction equipment.

When: Friday, April 21, 6 – 8 pm

The Sale

The best Textile Garage Sale under the sun!

When: Saturday, April 22, 9 am – 4 pm

  • Silent Auction concludes at 2 pm
  • $2 Bag Sale from 3 – 4
    Everything must go! All you can stuff into a bag (paper grocery-sized) for $2. If it doesn’t fit, it’s 50% off!

Admission: $2
The Garage Sale is a zero waste event; please BYOBag!


University of Minnesota ReUse Program Warehouse, 883 29th Avenue SE, Minneapolis
The warehouse will be open with great items for your art studio: desks, chairs, file cabinets, white boards, tables and more.


Over 200 volunteers sort, price, and sell the donated items – we couldn’t do it without you! Volunteer Job Descriptions
Our greatest need is for Saturday Volunteers!

Program Partner

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Thanks to:

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15th Annual World’s Largest Textile Garage Sale Surpasses Attendance & Revenue Records
April 9 – 11, 2015
Location: University of Minnesota’s ReUse Program Warehouse

The largest textile garage sale was bigger than ever this year, with 2,220 shoppers, volunteers, and donators participating in the 3-day event. For the Garage Sale, individuals and businesses donate mountains of fabric, yarn, threads, notions, kits, patterns, magazines, tools, beads, buttons, sewing machines, looms, and other specialty textile equipment.

A model of recycling, all items for sale have been contributed by the community for reuse by the community, with proceeds benefiting Textile Center and surplus materials donated to schools and other nonprofit organizations.

This yearly event provides an affordable way for artists, students, craft enthusiasts and those who create and give away fiber items for charity to purchase raw materials.

• $58,000+ worth of textile materials redistributed for reuse & kept out of landfills;
• 12,028 Garage Sale web page views;
• 1,663 total shoppers;
• 1,359 miles one shopper traveled (from North Carolina);
• 747 Facebook likes, 592 shares
• 344 individuals & businesses donated;
• 281 “rounded up” to donate to Textile Center. This $1,105 from new donors will be matched thanks to a $10,000 challenge grant from the Pohlad Family Foundation;
• 202 unique volunteers (1105 hours);
• 92 silent auction items such as looms, sewing machines, spinning wheels;
• 89.3 The Current on the radio throughout;
• 10 gallons of coffee donated by Dunn Bros + pounds of trail mix donated by Seward Co-op for the volunteers;
• 2 vast ReUse Program Warehouse aisles filled with fabric, yarn, tools, notions, books, patterns, magazines and more;
• 0 waste effort: countless bins of cardboard, plastic bags, paper were recycled, & natural materials composted.