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Wholesale Crafts

Creativity, opportunity, excitement, even passion – all of these have been applied to the world of crafts and now, to the world of wholesale crafts. Whether you want to make your own baskets, hand paint your own figurines, produce folk art or assemble the most beautiful of stained glass pieces, wholesale crafts may be just the place for you.

The wholesale crafts industry is, literally, a worldwide business. Many of the suppliers in the field have regular contact with dozens of factories around the world. These manufacturers may range in size from a handful of workers to hundreds, but they continue to produce raw materials and base products for the wholesale crafts enthusiast. One estimate shows that the average supplier in the wholesale crafts business offers 20,000 products each year, or more.

Of course, one of the key attractions in the wholesale crafts arena is price. Those who operate established craft stores, produce original items for resale or work with local artists (with a valid sales tax certificate or tax exempt certificate) have long purchased from wholesale crafts suppliers. These crafts professionals often work with a supplier's sales staff to get volume or special pricing, to find better ways to display and sell finished products or to make connections with overseas manufacturers. Tip: Individuals who want to purchase wholesale crafts from these suppliers are often directed to an affiliated retail outlet.

Some wholesale crafts merchants even have design staff to help craft artists develop ideas, produce new craft items and pass suggestions on to the original manufacturer that might help everyone concerned. In addition, these full-service wholesale crafts merchants and distributors often have staff members who travel the world looking for new items, new raw materials and new contracts that will benefit the company and their client artists. Nearly all of the largest suppliers have extensive catalogs, but pricing is not generally set until the client and sales staff begin discussing the size of the order.

Most of the wholesale crafts suppliers and distributors have print catalogs as well as extensive online product lists with photos. It is interesting to note that items offered in the wholesale crafts field are not often discontinued. If there is any doubt that raw material or product may be taken from the catalog, it would be best to check with the supplier to see if an item is closed out or discontinued.

Many of the long-standing wholesale crafts suppliers work not only with retail stores and craft pros, but also with schools and non-profit organizations that are conducting large-scale fundraisers. These groups and businesses can choose from such supplies and materials as resin figures, paints, rings and wire, wood items, raw wood and tools. In addition, many of the wholesale craft merchants offer art supplies at the wholesale level, including canvas, brushes, paint framing material and more. Many of these suppliers will have a minimum standard for orders, though they will work to adjust the amount for established customers.

So, if you are in the craft field, or want to begin working with a wholesale crafts supplier, all you have to do is choose from one of the dozens of areas (glass, cards, leather, metal, needlecraft, soap, pottery, toys etc.) and make contact with a reputable wholesale crafts company. You will soon be on your way.

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