I usually do an annual purging of the studio in the summer, but we’ve been so busy around here, I haven’t gotten around to it. Meanwhile, the stuff has been stacking up in here and we hardly have any room to move. So before the year ends, let’s get some of this stuff gone!
What’s a UFO Orphan Adoption?
A UFO Orphan Adoption is basically stuff that I can no longer use that I’d love to find new homes for. It’s not junk or terrible stuff; it’s just stuff that no longer has a place in my creative life. Sometimes, these are projects I’ve started that I no longer have the will or desire to finish; sometimes I buy stuff because it looks cool and then realize I’m never, ever going to make or use whatever it was.
Often, I buy something that I already own, and then have no use for the duplicate. The orphans can also be scraps from projects I’ve made that I’ve sworn all year I would do something with, only to realize that I’m only fooling myself. It could also be something that I’ve gotten everything I need out of it, and it’s time to pass it along to someone else to enjoy (this is most common with books.)
I am a collector by nature, but I’m also one of those binge-purge kind of hoarders. I’ll keep it, and justify it, and whine and swear that I need and love whatever it is, and then in a fit of overwhelm, I’ll get rid of it all. The orphan adoption allows me to channel this behavior into something more productive and purposeful.
Adoption Event: Thursday, December 31st from 10am Central until I get tired and fall asleep before midnight
I know there are a ton of Facebook groups where you can sell unwanted craft stuff, but I like doing it this way because folks usually share photos with me of how they’ve used my orphans. It’s great to get rid of stuff, but I love that people actually USE what they adopt from me and then share that love back with me. It’s more personal that way, and it helps me to close the loop on the things I am giving up. Instead of hoarding all these beautiful things to gather dust, I can send them out in the world to shine brighter elsewhere.
I don’t purposely buy things in order for them to end up in an Orphan Adoption; each of the items included is something that came out of my head or hands or studio. I fully intended to do something with the items myself, but no longer want to. These are not things you’ll find listed in my regular store (though I love it when you shop there too!)
Here’s a quilt someone made from a bag of scraps they got from me last year (thanks for sharing Betty!!) She named it Candy Land:
I love the red stripe she added and all the little houses, and it’s so much fun to see fabric I recognize from my own quilt projects get new life with someone else. (I keep scraps like this, swearing I will make a scrap quilt, but being really honest with myself… I’m not that kind of quilter.)
If any of this sounds interesting to you and you’d like to adopt some of my orphans, keep reading.
How to Adopt an Orphan
At the appointed date and time (December 31st, 2015 starting at 10am Central) I will post a photo of whatever is needing to be adopted on my Facebook page – and it may be one item or multiples of an item – along with an adoption fee.
To adopt the item that is posted you need to do two things:
- Leave a comment on the post saying, “Mine!” or “I want it!”
- Fill out the Adoption Survey (you only have to do this once).
The first person to comment that they want the item is the adoptive parent. If you ask a question instead of indicating your desire to adopt the item, I’m happy to answer it, but if someone else comments “Mine!” after you, it’s theirs.
If you want something but someone else got there first, leave a comment anyway so you go on the waiting list. Sometimes adoptions fall through, and sometimes I end up discovering more of the same thing that I’m happy to share.
The survey collects basic information for us to estimate shipping cost and send you an invoice at the end. If you’ve adopted from me before, don’t assume I have your address. Please fill in the Adoption Survey and make sure I know how to contact you.
If you want to make doubly-sure that you see my adoption posts, you need to Like my page, and then sign up for notifications. All you have to do is go to my Facebook page, click the Like button, click it again, and then choose “Get Notifications”:
You can turn it off after the adoption is over (or leave it on – it’s up to you!) but it’s a way to make sure you don’t miss any of my posts. Fair warning though: on adoption days, there are a LOT of posts!
Paying Adoption Fees (and Shipping)
Adoption fees help me offset the original cost of acquiring the item and may also be a reflection of my desire to get rid of something. Sometimes the adoption fees are very low or non-existent, but I always try to price things fairly.
The adoption fees do not include shipping; at the end of the adoption event, I’ll group everything by parent, box and weigh it, add up your adoption fees plus shipping, and send you an invoice via PayPal. (Please note that even if the adoption fee is $0, there still may be a cost to ship the item to you, so expect an invoice.) You do not need a PayPal account to pay; you can always pay with a credit card not associated with a PayPal account to pay your invoice.
If you indicate that you’d like to pick up your items locally instead of having them shipped, then your invoice will be calculated accordingly without shipping. Please be careful with this selection; if you live in Arizona but you want local pickup, I will hold your items here until you show up. 🙂
Adoptions are not final until the fees are paid. You’ll have 48 hours to pay the invoice, or your adoption will be canceled, and the next person who commented on the item will be offered the opportunity to become the new parent.
Some Items up for Adoption (not a complete list)
- Quilting cottons
- Acrylic rulers & templates
- Books & magazines
- Sewing patterns
- Quilt kits
- Scraps & selvages (I have LOTS)
- Studio dies
- AccuQuilt GO! dies
- Sizzix dies
- Ribbons & trims
- Cross stitch kits
- Long arm rulers
- Handi Quilter Machine accessories
- Miscellaneous die cuts from fabric & felt
- Assorted crafting items
Everyone who adopts something will get a coupon to use in my store plus an extra something in their package for free. This could be anything – a new machine needle, a magazine, a pattern, a piece of chocolate – that we find as we go that we think you might enjoy. I put these extra things in as a way to say thank you and also to add a bit of fun and surprise to the adoption.
I can’t tell you how happy I will be when these adoption bins are once again empty! See you then!