Fat Quarters are the Coin of the Realm
Recently I was going through all the books on quilting
that I've bought since I seriously took up the quilting veil. Increasingly, they
were taking up a great deal of room in my small quiltery. Many of the books I had
purchased when I was just beginning to quilt with no idea as to what type of quilts
really appealed to me, so like many other beginners, I bought nearly every one I saw.
Flash forward to 2003: O.K., I've been at this for a
number of years now, and in that time I've learned which types of quilts I like to
make and which of my quilting books I use over and over. Alas, I was chagrinned
to discover that they amounted to only about 1/4 of all the quilting books that
So, I decided to have a half price quilt book sale! It
seemed a shame to just dispose of my unwanted books when the stalwart little group
of quilters here in our village, might be interested in owning one or two.
Many of my orphan quilting books still had the original
prices on them and those that did not, I checked out in the Internet, using one
of the quilt book stores as a pricing guide, and then I slashed the price of each
book in half.
Here comes the nifty part: rather than asking for cold,
hard cash, I decreed that fat quarters were the coin of the realm. I assigned a
generous $3.00 value to each fat quarter. So if a book originally retailed for
$24.95, I rounded it down to $24, divided it by two, and got $12.00, which made
the price for that particular book, four fat quarters. I then sent the following
e-mail to all of the Sew and Sews:
One /Half Price Quilt Book Sale!
No Cash? No Problem! Fat quarters are the coin of the realm!
You will be able to pick up the following gems at these threadbare prices:
Next, I listed the book titles, authors, the original price
of each book, and the current asking price in fat quarters. Everyone came to the next
quilt group meeting with fat quarters clutched in their hands. To make things even
more exciting, the name of everyone who bought one of my quilt books was entered into
a drawing for "tasteful" door prizes, which consisted of brand new quilting gadgetry
that I had picked up here and there in bursts of enthusiasm but had never even tried.
My half price quilt book sale was a huge success! Most of
my orphan quilt books found good homes, my friends were thrilled to have new additions
to their own quilt book collections, and I now have a nice pile of fat quarters to
add to my stash and pet and play with. Who could ask for more?
This same idea could be done on a larger scale at a guild
meeting where everyone brings her unwanted quilt books and a pocketful of fat
quarters. All it takes is deciding which quilt books you really don't use, agreeing
among the members ahead of time on how to set a price for each book and the value
of a fat quarter, and then you are ready to play "Let's Make a Deal!"
©2003 Patricia Littlefield