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Anyone here get your supplies wholesale? What do you get, and where?
I am looking to get some boxes to ship my jewelry in, but also looking at beads and other supplies. I am also in the first stages of starting a wedding accessory business, so may soon be looking for ribbon, flowers, etc. also. Anyone have a great wholesale store or site you use? A brick and mortar place would be wonderful, but I doubt I have one in the area, so online will work!
Thanks for sharing!
It's been a while now, but I used to have a small craft supply shop - a few of the wholesalers I remember using were
Enterprise Art (Largo, FL)
Royal Arts & Craft supply (Atlanta)
I couldn't find any online info on Royal - maybe they're not around any more or it's possible I'm remembering the name wrong though I'm sure that's what it was.... they were good & had an amazing inventory of goods. They were fairly strict on wholesale terms but once you were in, they were great to deal with.
, Enterprise Art has a public website with just bead stuff, but their contact info is there so you could contact them for the paperwork needed for a wholesale account, http://www.enterpriseart.com - they carried a range of craft supplies, though they are only showing beads on their public website.
Same w/ Darice. http://www.darice.com I do remember getting cases of ribbon from them.
It's probably changed a lot since I was involved - but at that time, it was $500 opening order, $250 min. order afterwards with both of those, I think Royal was $1000 opening, $400 thereafter
At the time, Royal & Enterprise both required proof of a brick-and-mortar business, you couldn't be a home-based business. You had to submit photos of the exterior of your shop plus a copy of your yellow pages listing as part of the requirements for a wholesale account) That might have changed since I was doing this though, although most of the genuine wholesalers I dealt with required such proof of a full-fledged business operation at the time, since it's easy for anyone to get a tax ID. There were plenty of places that sold goods at "quasi-wholesale" prices with just a tax ID, but the real wholesalers were MUCH cheaper.
I know I had a LOT of other suppliers, but those are the only names I remember off the top of my head & all my paperwork has long been disposed of.....
One way I found wholesalers at the time was going to the library, getting phone directories for some of the larger cities (Atlanta, Chicago, etc) and looking for them in there.