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Perhaps no field in the wholesale industry
holds more potential than wholesale fabric. While other areas
of the business might seem more exciting and interesting
(animal figures, exotic foods, electronic gadgets) the wholesale
fabric world generates a great deal of enthusiasm among its
dedicated merchants and buyers. There are hundreds of companies,
large and small, who work with wholesale fabric on a daily
basis, watching the world's large manufacturers and small
shops for the most colorful and most intriguing items.
While there are some specialists in the world of wholesale
fabric who concentrate on quilt fabric, bedspread and curtain
fabric, or denim, there are others who attempt to provide
a wide range of fabrics to the discerning buyer. Several
of the specialty suppliers work with textiles and quilt fabric,
offering only the best to home decorators, designers and
others. While the number of choices can vary widely from
one wholesale fabric merchant to another, many have a catalog
of fabric types ranging from twill, corduroy and linen to
canvas, flannel and the again-popular organza.
Another focal point for suppliers in the wholesale fabric
industry is the home furnishings area, where new patterns
and colors can generate great profit for the careful wholesale
buyer. Just about all of these merchants have a strong Web
presence, in addition to print catalogs, fabric samples and
local showrooms. To generate interest, many of these wholesale
fabric suppliers will send samples of half a yard to one
yard for a small fee (to cover shipping costs).
As with many wholesale product fields, individuals can sometimes
purchase smaller amounts of wholesale fabric from major suppliers,
though there are some merchants who work exclusively with
retailers, designers, furniture and quilt manufacturers and
so on. These wholesale suppliers often encourage the establishment
of new dealers among members of the interior design trade
and decorator trade. A sales tax number and other business
information is necessary to join the ranks of the established
dealers for these wholesale fabric merchants.
However, individuals can often choose
from the same list as wholesale buyers, without a tax number
in some cases. This discount purchasing is one of the exciting
benefits that come with the growth of the wholesale fabric
business over the past few decades. Interested buyers have
as many as 5,000 different colors and designs to choose
from in the wholesale fabric industry. Perhaps the best
part of all this wholesale fabric activity – the
prices! Excellent fabrics that might retail for $4 or more
per yard can be purchased for about $2 per yard. (There
may be a minimum order, however, such as $200.)
Costlier fabrics and specialty items that often retail for
$10, $12 or more per yard are often available for $7 or $8.
With some careful shopping and a good retail clientele, local
stores and designers can make a tidy profit in the worldwide
wholesale fabric business. Don't forget to ask about trim,
buttons and other accessory items. These are often provided
at very low cost by the same supplier that handles bulk fabric,
as are lining material and foundation material.
Whether you are looking for cotton, knit, wool, polyester,
silk or denim, take a few minutes to contact a few of the
top-quality suppliers of wholesale fabric. The possibilities
will amaze you.
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