Craft Supplies for Your Business
The most expensive part of creating any craft project is
the craft supplies and tools you need to buy in advance. At
some point most serious crafters begin to take a good hard
look at the money they're making with craft fairs and craft
sales and start comparing it to their expenses and quickly
realize that the one item the most money is spent on is the
craft supplies themselves. This means, of course, that it
makes sense to try to get your craft supplies at the lowest
That's where buying paper, paints, wood pieces, ribbon and lots of other arts and crafts supplies "wholesale" can really help a professional craftsman or women or even a small craft store owner who is starting out. But you can't just walk into any arts and crafts supply store or visit any craft supply website and really buy things wholesale. It's all a little more complicated than that.
The word "wholesale" is thrown around a lot these days and
is often used as a substitute for "cheap" but that's not really
the true meaning of the word. Normally when you buy wire or
beads or ribbon or anything from a craft supply store you're
buying small quantities from the store.
If you are making lamps or decorating lampshades, LampsPlus
has white and off white Lampshades in sets of 8 far cheaper
than you could get around town. Delphi
Glass has a wide variety of craft supplies priced for
wholesale accouts and retail buyers.
Most "true" wholesale establishments will only sell to you
if you have a store or you're serious about buying a lot of
arts and craft supplies at once. Most have minimum order amounts.
Most require that you have a real registered business with
your state commerce department as well as a "wholesaler's
license" which can usually also be obtained through your state.
A wholesaler's license basically allows you to buy items from
wholesale centers without paying sales tax.