03/18/2020 at 1:20 pm #75268
I have two approximately 5-yard bolts of Provencal fabric. The more I research them, the more I feel lost. Here is one of them:
This is the manufacturer’s mark on the selvage
These are the care instructions which I think mean (1) Machine wash at 60 degrees Celcius (2) no chlorine bleach (3) use a hot iron (like cotton setting I presume) (4) dry clean using petroleum solvents
I have never listed fabric on eBay before and I do not want an unhappy buyer (nor to list at too high or too low a price).
At present my plan is to list this with the following title:
VTG Provencal Medium Weight Cotton Fabric BELDECOR Large Piece 48″ x 5 Yards Made in France
Price: 128.50 + shipping with make offer (expect ~$80)
My questions: How do you tell if this is upholstery fabric or curtain fabric or tablecloth fabric? It is printed on one side, feels like cotton, not as heavy as blue jeans. (total piece weighs 5 lbs 10 oz) Here is a comparable sold on French eBay that is from the same manufacturer Beldecor which is listed as upholstery fabric: https://www.ebay.fr/itm/Morceau-tissu-ameublement-imprime-Beldecor-cueillette-vintage-1-14-m-x-0-65-m/293423752193?hash=item44516b2401:g:9pYAAOSwP8leHKRx
I measured from printed edge to printed edge to get 48″ width (selvages excluded). I will measure the actual length before listing, but for now, there is a “5Y” written on an edge and I am going with that.
With regard to pricing, I did not find much help on Worthpoint or Terapeak. Here is a similar, fabric on eBay https://www.ebay.com/itm/146-x60-Les-Olivades-RAIOUN-Yellow-Print-French-Provencal-Fabric-Pierre-Deux/202823991456?hash=item2f394080a0:g:Fu0AAOSwPsBd0CT~
Please critique or offer any advice. I am a total noob and I do not want an unhappy customer. R or J, please remove if this is an inappropriate ask. Thanks in advance, Daniel.
03/18/2020 at 2:26 pm #75276antarestarParticipant
- Location: Maine
I would call it upholstery fabric and not worry about categorizing it further than that. You can include your description of it not being as heavy as blue jeans. Also include Mirelle in the title – I assume that’s the name of that fabric design. Check to see if there is any fading along the fold. In your description say that it’s a single continuous piece – unless you have multiple pieces or want to sell it by the yard. Knowing it’s a continuous piece will be helpful for someone who is looking for fabric for a large project.
I’m looking at the other listings from France and the words they use don’t make sense to me as an English speaker who knows a bit about fabric, I would guess there is something lost in translation.
Good luck, it looks like you have quite a bit of fabric, which could make someone very happy.
03/18/2020 at 2:59 pm #75283PDX_CyndyParticipant
You could say decor or decorator fabric instead of upholstery. That’s how I would describe it. This looks like nice, quality fabric. You should do well with it.
Sometimes with fabric I take a photo to try to give the buyer an idea about its drape. Especially if it is apparel fabric. Either I drape it over a mannequin or I lay it on the floor, pinch it in the middle and lift/twist. Like this, for example: https://www.fabric.com/buy/0342355/stretch-charmeuse-satin-magenta
03/18/2020 at 3:12 pm #75284RyanneKeymaster
- Location: Virginia
i agree w cyndy, it doesn’t look quite as thick as most upholstery fabric, but more like drapery or pillow making type stuff. but using any keywords printed on the selvage would be a good idea. and French Country Provincial Floral sounds good! nice stuff!
03/18/2020 at 4:25 pm #75289
Thanks everyone, I really appreciate all the input. I will post a link when I have a listing completed. -Daniel.
03/20/2020 at 3:29 pm #75319
Thanks again for your help. I measured the full length of fabric and it was north of 15 yards. I decided to sell this fabric by the yard instead of as a single piece. I also have a second piece of fabric that is identical to this one but green. I did not bother measuring the second one, as it weighs nearly 2x much as the first. I listed 20 yards available BTY, and I will measure it if it gets close to the end. Here are my listings:
Please feel free to offer suggestions. Also, should I pick up some pinking shears to cut this fabric, or is it OK to cut with regular scissors? Thanks again, Daniel.
03/20/2020 at 6:31 pm #75325SharynParticipant
- Location: Central NJ
Both of these fabrics are very nice and are sure to sell well. I think that the listings are nicely done. The only comment I have is that the price that comes up is $5, and, unless you select a yard, you don’t realize that the price is for a sample only. I wonder if there is a way to get the $22.50 price for a yard to come up first?
03/21/2020 at 8:39 am #75326
Thanks Sharyn. I see what you mean. If you follow my link above, the price displayed is for the sample, not the BTY price. When my items are displayed in search though, the price range of $5.00 to $22.50 is displayed:
I did look at the order of my variations to see if I could get the higher price to display on the item page, but it seems to be defaulted to show the lowest price. I looked at other fabric listings that have this same variation, and it was the same on theirs as well. Thanks so much for taking a look.
03/21/2020 at 3:12 pm #75336pythoneskParticipant
- Location: East TN
Upholstery fabric is usually 54 or 56 inches wide and thicker, more sturdy. I’ve sold a lot of fabric and never used pinking shears. No one has complained so you are fine with regular scissors.
03/22/2020 at 9:13 am #75350
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