Recycled cashmere is a popular material used by craft enthusiasts, just take a look on Etsy or Pinterest to find all kinds of interesting products made from the luxury fabric. Etsy stores and DIY crafters offer products like dog sweaters, scarves, teddy bears, mittens, baby outfits, shawls, and hats made from recycled cashmere. (In the video above, Martha Stewart shows how to make a hot water bottle cover from cashmere.) To make their crafts, these creative people have to get the recycled cashmere, the raw material for their product, somewhere. And they are going to eBay to find it.
Cashmere is a luxury fabric because it only comes from the Cashmere (Kashmir) goat, it is the fine silky wool from the underbelly of the goat, and it is very expensive to harvest. 100% cashmere is the most expensive type of "wool" available on the planet. Alpaca, merino wool, lambswool, or angora are not the same and are not considered a luxury material like cashmere. Savvy eBay sellers who scour thrift stores, garage sales, and estate sales know that 100% cashmere, even with holes or stains is salvageable and can be up-cycled into another product if put in the right hands. eBay sellers list damaged cashmere sweaters in lots or batches, often referring to them as "cashmere cutters," because the crafters will cut the sweaters apart to make something out of the recycled cashmere.
This idea of eBay sellers offering recycled cashmere, craft enthusiasts buying it, making a new product, and selling their up-cycled product on another site really works for everyone. The damaged sweater avoids going to the landfill (save the planet), the cashmere gets a new life, the eBay seller makes money, the thrift store makes money, the crafter gets her raw material, which she can then make a new product and sell to earn money. eBay makes money from the sale, too. Recycled cashmere is a great thing for everybody.
eBay can really be a versatile tool when it comes to making money using the resources around you. In fact, there are classes available that teach how to do more processes like described above, but with all kinds of items that are being repurposed and made into a new functional product from old, discarded, often damaged supplies. One class, The Profitable World of Selling Women's Clothing on eBay, gives some great information about new uses for damaged clothing. You may have all sorts of items hiding in your home that you can sell for cash on eBay - if you knew more about the supplies people need.
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