Making a Textile Donation

Are you cleaning out your craft closet but don’t want your supplies to end up in a landfill? Do you have a special item at home you’d like to contribute to our permanent collection?

At this time, we are unable to accommodate donations to our textile sales and textiles sales are currently on hold. Please stay tuned for updates as we work to revive these sales.   

Donating Your Textiles to
Our Collection

The Museum is grateful for the donation of objects to the collection. However, please note that we have currently placed a moratorium on new acquisitions as we undergo an in-depth review of our policies.

Over the last year the Museum has been re-examining collecting practices in light of changed socio-political circumstances and emerging new audiences. We are developing an approach to address and adapt our practices moving forward, and will continue to form a collections development plan over the next few months which will articulate our goals for the next five years.

If you would like to support the museum by donating your fabric and other textile-related items to our fundraising sales, see below.

Please note that we do not appraise textiles. For a list of appraisers, click here.

To submit your item for consideration as a donation to the permanent collection after we have lifted our moratorium, please send images and information about the object to rshaughnessy@textilemuseum.ca

The Museum does not collect:

  • Fashion garments (ie. 20th century western clothing, Vintage wedding dresses, Christening gowns)
  • Large tools and equipment (ie. Looms, Spinning Wheels, Frames, Sewing Machines)
  • Commercially manufactured textiles
  • Archival records

Donating to our Fundraising Sales

At this time, we are unable to accommodate donations to our textile sales and textiles sales are currently on hold. Please stay tuned for updates as we work to revive these sales.

What began in a tent adjacent to the Museum has grown into a wildly popular Toronto event! All proceeds from the sale of your generous donations support the Museum’s exhibitions and programs, while helping the Museum foster sustainability practices. Donating your supplies to our sales keeps them out of landfills, and in the hands of makers who can give them a new life.

The Textile Museum of Canada’s Fundraising Sales’ team accepts donations of fabric, beads, yarn, notions, patterns, textile-themed books, and other items. Donations can be dropped off at the Museum on Wednesday evenings 5–8 pm or on weekends 12–4 pm.

Please email fabricdonations@textilemuseum.ca if you have a large quantity of items (6 or more bags/boxes) to donate so that we can be prepared. Send us an email if you are unable to bring your donation to the Museum, as we may be able to arrange a pickup.

Tax receipts are NOT provided for donations to the sales.

  • Dressmaking fabric
  • Quilting fabric
  • Decorator fabric
  • Household textiles
  • Yarn
  • Sewing supplies
  • Beads or jewelry
  • Books or magazines on textiles
  • Specialty patterns
  • Ink, paint, or glue
  • Scraps or partially constructed garments
  • Dirty items
  • Used or incomplete patterns
  • Large equipment such as looms and knitting machines

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