Buy or donate at the Textile Center sale

The annual garage sale at the Textile Center continues to be so popular that it's moving to a larger space this year (U of M ReUse program warehouse, 883 29th Av. SE., Mpls., 612-436-0464, Fabric, yarn, thread, beads, buttons, kits, sewing machines, sergers, looms and knitting machines priced at 10 to 50 percent of original cost will be sold. Admission is $25 for a preview from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Friday or $1 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday ($1 bag sale from 3 to 4 p.m.). Donations of any items that a fiber artist can use will be accepted from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday. This year's sale also includes "Fiber Frenzy," which has finished, handmade clothing for sale.

Warehouse sale on green building supplies

Warehouse sales may be common but not ones featuring only eco-friendly building materials. That's why the Natural Built Home sale (4020 Minnehaha Av. S., Mpls., 612-605-7999, www.naturalbuilt is worth a visit. Green materials are often more expensive than conventional ones, but you can save 25 to 80 percent from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Sale items include Marmoleum linoleum, bamboo flooring, tile from recycled glass or porcelain, countertop remnants, sinks, nontoxic paints (mistints) and kitchen cabinets. Most items are in small quantities, which works well for small projects. Two-foot-long countertops can work as end tables or shelves, while small amounts of tile can be used for backsplashes, accent pieces or tabletops.

Items can be store samples, State Fair demos, customer returns, lot-end materials or blemishes. Don't expect a warehouse sale the size of a football field. This one is the size of several garages, next to the main store.

Coming soon: Garage sale calendars

What's the best way to keep track of the largest neighborhood garage sales held in the Twin Cities? The annual garage sale calendars will be published in the Star Tribune Variety section on April 17 and May 15. Nearly 100 church, school or neighborhood garage sales throughout the spring and summer will be included.

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