Back when I had a higher paying job I decided to pursue a sewing hobby to see if I could develop a product to sell. Well, I lost interest or I should say, I lacked the skill and investment capital and the idea died. I have since sold the sewing machine, serger, embroidery machine and a bunch of thread. I still have a ton of fabric, elastic and notions. This morning I started to tackle the job of sorting all of that stuff. I spent 2 hours winding elastic on to cardboard cards. I didn't realise I had so much elastic.
Some lessons I learned from buying off of Ebay:
Be sure of what you are buying. Not everyone describes things in the same way. I bought some elastic that wasn't what I was looking for, and then I bought a different kind, and another, and another...
Buy a very small quantity. A good deal for 100 yards is not really a good deal if you only need 1 yard. Especially when you have to pay for the shipping! Those spools are heavy.
Stuff like elastic has a shelf-life. Don't buy a lot because it gets old and brittle.
Of course, I didn't care back then. I had the money and I was having fun buying stuff and trying out my new sewing machines. I found my old notebook where I wrote down every expense. I spent $220 on elastic and trim. Ouch. I'm not sure whether I want to try to sell it separately or just as a lot. I know I can't get $220 back but just getting it out of my mobile home would be a great feeling. I'm sure someone out there can use a pile of elastic.