I had many, many colors of both regular sewing thread and Serger thread, some obtained from a dealer when she decided to retire, but many were 8 - 10+ years old.
I had decided that I would buy fresh thread when I needed it.
Only I found I was running out of Thread, I had miscalculated how fast my thread supply would dwindle and within 2-3 months after my move I found myself perilously close to running out of a supply of good thread. $ was still tight due to the expenses of my move and I refuse to buy 1$ thread. I find the inexpensive threads do not work well for me on any of my machines, (of which I have a few - lol) so going down to Walgreen was not an option.
Several weeks after my move I had decided to do an East Tennessee Shop Hop, figuring that this would be a great way to get to know were the shops in my area were and I could buy thread while I was out n' about! So at the 1st shop I purchased a large spool of Gutermann quilting thread in my favorite cream for $26.00. With my heart in my throat after hearing the price and knowing funds were very limited I handed over my credit card, keeping my fingers crossed that there would be a large enough balance to purchase it... there was and i did with mere pennies on my balance. I walked out of the store with my new purchase in hand and happily went home promising myself not to get into that situation again. Whew! disaster averted I was able to continue on with my quilting.
So now whenever I am around Joann's or Hobby Lobby and have a good coupon on hand I make sure I buy myself a fresh spool of thread... And over New Year's while watching HSN for their clearance deals I decided to get my Sulky Threads for my Every day sewing and my Embroidery Machine...
Yeah! - Fresh Thread! Life is good - and this makes me smile.