MaKing A DOnation to the TMC saleS
The TMC Volunteer Association accepts donations of fabric, beads, yarn, notions and other craft-related items for their fundraising sales on an ongoing basis. Donations may be dropped off at the Museum anytime during our open hours: Sunday – Saturday 11am – 5pm; until 8pm on Wednesdays.
Please phone or email the Museum in advance if you have a large quantity of items (6 or more bags/boxes) to donate so that we can be prepared.
You can also email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Museum directly for more info or to arrange a pickup (416-599-5321 ext. 2222).
Tax receipts are NOT provided for donations to the sales.
GENERAL ITEMS COLLECTED
Fabric: clean fabric, not musty and with no moth holes
- For clothing - pieces should be in good condition and of 1 metre in length or longer
- For quilting - fat 1/4s and larger, blocks and quilt tops, quilts
- Decorator - large decorator samples - 15 x 15" and fabric of 1 metre or longer
- NO scraps or partially constructed garments
- General household textile items
- Vintage linens in good condition, e.g. tablecloths, handkerchiefs
- Clothing - only vintage clothing (please donate newer clothing to charities)
- All types of yarn for weaving or knitting
- Tapestry yarn
- Unopened needlework kits
- Rug hooking materials
- NO ink, paint, glue
- Notions such as zippers (new) and buttons
- all types of tools and equipment needed for sewing, needlework, quilting, crafts and knitting
- NO large equipment such as looms and knitting machines
- All types of beads and findings for jewellry making
- Books related to sewing, knitting, crafts, quilting, and textile history
- Magazines on knitting, quilting, sewing such as Threads, Knitters, Piecework (less than 10 years old)
- Vogue patterns and specialty patterns such as Folkwear
GENERAL ITEMS NOT COLLECTED
- Fabric Scraps less than ¼ yards
- Craft paint
- Large Craft tools (i.e., Looms, quilting frames, or sewing machines)
- Soiled items
- Used/incomplete patterns
Donating your Textile to the TMC
The Museum is very grateful for the support it receives through the donation of objects to the collection. However, please note that starting April 1st, 2018 and for the next 12 months we will not be accepting new offers of donation as we undergo an in-depth review of our acquisitions policy. Please do continue to consider the Museum in the future, and many thanks for your support.
Initially, you must contact our Curatorial Team so that they can assess the item(s). Kindly forward images of the item(s) to them along with a description of the textiles and what you know about their history.
Please send this information via email to:
Roxane Shaughnessy, Curator, Collections and Research
or to her attention at our postal address:
Textile Museum of Canada, 55 Centre Avenue, Toronto, ON, M5G 2H5
The Curatorial Team reviews each item presented for possible donation to the collection. If an item meets with our collecting priorities, you will be asked to bring the item to the Museum. Each item is assessed and must meet the approval of our Acquisitions Committee and Board of Trustees. An independent appraisal is conducted to assess the value of the piece and a tax receipt is issued for the value of the item. This process can take several months.
The Museum began collecting textiles in the 1970s and has amassed a collection of more than 13,000 textiles representing more than 200 regions of the world. As a result we are no longer in a position to accept every item we are offered. In general, we collect historical textiles that are primarily handmade or hand embellished including: rugs, carpets, clothing and accessories, household items, ceremonial cloth and a limited number of small hand tools.
We do not collect fashion garments (most 20th century western clothing, vintage wedding dresses and christening gowns), large tools and equipment (looms, spinning wheels, frames, and sewing machines), commercially manufactured textiles or archival records.