Message from Mona Jones ~ My sincere appreciation of all the hard work, time and cooperation Ujamaa Grandmas put into making the 2022 Fabric and Yarn Sale so wildly successful. The optimization of social media advertising had a huge impact on the sale. It brought new attention to the Stephen Lewis Foundation and its Grandmothers to Grandmothers campaign.
The unprecedented volume of donations made setup challenging but the record number of shoppers were ready and willing to take advantage of traditional bargain prices.
It was another Reduce Reuse Recycle Sale. A record number of local charities benefitted from the 2022 unsold products and The Calgary Boards of Education Fashion and Design Programme teachers cannot thank us enough for increasing their fabric options with no cost to their students.
The Fabric & Yarn Sale Committee plans to take the summer off but will be back in September 2022 to begin work on the 2023 Fabric & Yarn Sale currently planned to be at The Magic of Christmas location.
2022 Fabric & Yarn Sale Interviews
1. Global News
You can access the interview at: https://globalnews.ca/video/8790380/unused-fabric-up-for-grabs-at-this-weekends-fabric-and-yarn-sale/
2. CBC Radio (Homestretch) or CBC TV drop in and film the sale space at The Magic of Christmas. https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/fabric-sale-calgary-1.6436463
An unused fabric and yarn sale? Leftover bits? Who would want someone else’s fabric or yarn? Maybe it could work. Even so, who would part with the treasures in their stash? Then the idea caught on, grew and, as they say, the rest is history.
The FABRIC & YARN SALE rose from one good idea in 2008, capturing the imagination, creativity and abilities of our Members. It has gathered momentum over the years and is refined each year as the FARBIC & YARN SALE committee reflects on ways to improve and make it better.
Each spring, UJAMAA GRANDMAS puts out a call for stash raids of unused fabric, yarn, notions, embellishments, patterns, books and machines. And donations pour in from individuals and local businesses. Hundreds of volunteer hours go into sorting, organizing, displaying the donations and then the doors open and we all stand back in awe.
Gross proceeds by year
- 2008 – First F&YS
- 2009 – $12,800
- 2010 – $19,500
- 2011 – $20,500
- 2012 – $19,400
- 2013 – $28,800
- 2014 – $32,200
- 2015 – $38,100
- 2016 – $35,000
- 2017 – $42,000
- 2018 – $55,000
- 2019 – $53,000
- 2020 – $11,229
- 2021 – $17,500
- 2022 – $65,022
The sale couldn’t be successful without the support of The Magic of Christmas, its volunteers and our UJAMAA GRANDMAS Members. There is a community spirit that continues to grow around the sale that is key to its success. From our Members who volunteer long hours and enjoy the camaraderie of those pre-sale days, to our donors, both individual and business, there is a feeling of common purpose and working together to help others. And that spirit keeps growing. There are the corporate volunteers giving their annual community service and the Youth Central Volunteers who bring fun and laughter as they work along side us. We have donors who come with their donations, stay to help and become Members. Other grandmother groups in Alberta, Saskatchewan and BC have had fabric sales and we share our notes and ideas with them while they have donated leftovers to us. It is not possible to sell every piece of fabric, ball of yarn or notion and so we have partnered with a variety of agencies and charities in the city that provide and give to many both locally and abroad. We have made contributions of our leftovers to over 13 different charities. The recipients of our leftovers continue the circle of caring and community and support a charities helping charities commitment.
Our goal, to reuse and recycle to be green and to not let anything go to waste, is supported by other businesses. We appreciate all our business donors who have let us know that they feel part of the team.
Much like a stone thrown in a pond, the ripples reach out beyond our sale to benefit our African grandmothers and their orphaned children. As we work in solidarity within our community, we reach others both near and far.
Each year, as we prepare for the sale, we wonder, “Could there possibly be any more fabric and yarn out there for this year’s sale?” And, magically, it appears.