Thrifting for yarn
It’s pretty easy to find yarn on the cheap. At this writing I searched for “yarn” for sale on Facebook and Craigslist, and saw dozens of listings for beautiful yarns for pennies on the dollar. There were needles for sale, too. Common sizes you will need are 8, 10.5, 13, and 15.
Thrift stores are pretty good sources, but they’ve taken to bagging icky yarn and cool yarn together and selling it that way, which adds duds to your stash. By “icky” I mean unpopular colors and hard texture. Lion’s Brand yarn is always a good investment; I have a stash of their Homespun because you can use it to make a lot of simple things quickly, and it mixes beautifully with novelty yarn.
Garage sales are pretty good, estate sales are better. Look for non-smoking, non-pet ads and homes.
Chain craft stores are reasonably good sources: you know the yarn is new and you can feel how soft it is. Softness counts! Run it over your hand – do you want to work with and wear this yarn? Joann’s, Michael’s, Craft Warehouse, and Hobby Lobby all run regular sales and have apps with additional coupons. If you need to supplement your thrift yarn with retail, you can save 50% or more by hitting the sales and using the apps.