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Subject: Wholesale supplies
Date Posted: 2/29/2008 1:43 PM ET
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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!

Date Posted: 3/28/2008 9:51 AM ET
Member Since: 3/15/2007
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Do you have your federal tax ID number yet?

Date Posted: 4/28/2008 7:28 PM ET
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I would also be interested in this information. I have a federal ID for my company.



Date Posted: 4/29/2008 1:02 PM ET
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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.