Yarn is expensive. Even the bargain brand acrylic yarn sold at major retailers gets expensive when you are creating a large piece like an afghan or blanket. Higher end yarn—those made from animal fibers, silk, or bamboo can be too pricey for many crafters. Checking the bargain bin at a local craft store is one way to get yarn at a discount, but you are limited to what did not sell well locally. Shopping online can get you great yarn at very low prices.
Lion Brand’s website always has a clearance section. Here you will find great deals on most of their yarns. Many of the yarns in this section will be discontinued once they are sold out—so buy enough to make whatever your project requires in a single purchase. Some of their higher end yarns are discounted up to 85 percent. You will not find better deals on Lion Brand yarn anywhere else.
The Yarn Factory Outlet’s e-tent has awesome deals on yarn from Caron, Lily Sugar and Cream, Bernat, Phentex, Vickie Howel, and more. Once items in the tent sell out—they are gone. You can find 100 percent wool yarn for about the same price you would pay for acrylic at a major retailer.
Listia is a website where people list items they no longer want. It works like an auction site, but money does not change hands. Instead, bidding is done with points that you earn by listing items and completing tasks. High end yarn, like baby alpaca, is readily available. If you don’t mind putting in some effort to build up points, you can build a decent stash of luxury yarn for free.
Other websites like eBay and Amazon have yarn for sale. Know what the retail price of any yarn is before shopping at either site. Amazon rarely has a good deal on yarn—most often the price is higher than retail. However, if you are looking for discontinued yarn, both sites are a good way to find what you are looking for.
When shopping for deals on yarn online, be sure to pay attention to any discounts the vendors give for joining mailing lists or liking on Facebook. Lion Brand will give you an extra 15 percent on a single purchase if you join their mailing list.
If you decide to look for yarn at auction sites, make sure that you know what you are bidding on. Acrylic and other man-made fibers can break down over time—especially if it is not stored properly. Find out if the seller has pets. The last thing you want is a lot of yarn that is full of cat hair.
Check for shipping fees and sales tax. Sometimes what appears to be a great deal turns out to be very costly because the shipping charges are ludicrous. Sellers on eBay are known for inflating shipping charges.
If you know your yarn and what it normally sells for, great deals can be found online. You might have to shop around a bit, but the effort pays off.