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Old 05-02-2008, 02:02 PM
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I have seen alot of questions about finding reputable wholesale suppliers and/or dropshippers for those who are thinking of starting their own stores (mostly e-commerce websites.)
I have been selling on the web for over 5 years now. I have gotten some of my most amazing and reliable dropshippers from Worldwide Brands. But nothing is more fun and inspiring than visiting a trade show and seeing the vendors and their merchandise first hand.

I live in California, and I have the good fortune to be very close to the CA Gift Show that comes to Los Angeles twice a year (January and July.) I have gone to the July show for the past 4 years, and I come away with so many ideas!

The largest show is actually in Atlanta, and I keep telling myself I will get there some day, but the LA one is HUGE, and takes at least one day to see it all. And the beauty of it is that they are all there to sign you up as a re-seller of their products!

I will work this weekend on compiling a list from last year's directory of some of the most amazing artisans and gift/ supplyvendors, for those of you looking for wholesalers.

You will have to have your wholesale license, and most require a minimum opening order (I know at the show, minimum orders run anywhere from $100 and up) and for alot of companies, there is no minimum re-order. For dropshippers, there issometimes no minimum opening.

I will provide the company websites from the directory, and you can make contact inquiries to become a wholesaler with them.

It is very easy!

I am starting this thread because I have gotten alot of e-mails and pms about starting a business, and about finding wholesalers. I know, from experience, that it is very hard to find them through the search engines!

And so...without having to repeat the same thing over and over, I thought this could e helpful to alot of you entrepeneurs out there.

Please comment on what types of products you have been looking for, and I will start looking through my pages!

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Old 05-02-2008, 03:07 PM
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That is a great idea Kat.
What does one need to be added to the list?
We are a wholesale supplier and supply products to many website owners, retail stores and party plan OWNERS.
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Old 05-04-2008, 08:53 AM
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I think this is a great thing to do. I'm new here and I'm trying to find legit wholesalers and its been very hard for me. I'm into clothing, kids, adults or even matermity. I love sunglasses too or maybe shoes. If you can find info on these, please pm me.
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Old 05-04-2008, 08:20 PM
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Okay, Here is the first list of wholesale suppliers from last year's directory.

I have checked all the addresses to make sure they are still good.

Please keep the following in mind:
<LI>research each one individually. Some may be higher end/more expensive, and others may be less expensive</LI>
<LI>not all wholesalers will dropship....in fact, most won't. You may have to place an opening order or buy a display.</LI>
<LI>wholesale prices will not be listed on the site, and will not be revealed to you until you have contacted the seller </LI>
<LI>have your resale license ready...you will need it</LI>
<LI>most wholesale sites have a wholesale link where you can submit a request online. Otherwise you may have to call the company. Please don't be afraid to reach out to them...they want your business</LI>
<LI>having said that, a handful of wholesalers will require that you have a brick and mortar stroefront (an actual store.) Some do not want their products on your website...although in my experience, more than 99% of the companies I have wanted to deal with have been just fine with internet sales of their products.</LI>[/list]

I only have personal knowledge/ experience with a handful of the companies listed. That in mind, each of them has paid ALOT of money to be an exibitor in a very large trade show (probably alot of trade shows.) Each company is accountable for their own business practices.

I will start with a list of baby suppliers, to include clothes, accessories, toys, etc....

Hope this helps! Happy Hunting, and more to come!


(f.y.i. make sure to begin each with www or some sites will not work!)

Babyaspen.com (excellent! and she dropships w/ no minimum)

Kidcosmic.com<?:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-comfficeffice" />

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Old 05-05-2008, 08:56 PM
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Here's another good baby gift wholesaler:

www.mywholesalebaby.com (she offers a free service)<?:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-comfficeffice" /><O:P></O:P>
<O:P></O:P>Edited by: katnger
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Old 05-08-2008, 09:54 AM
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Here are some of my absolute favorite wholesalers! They have amazing products (I got to see them all first-hand!)

Again, I have not worked with most of these. I have a box of catalogs from the show that I am hanging on to (they are my future vendors) and as soon as I get the chance (financially) I will open accounts with them. I am getting to them one at atime.

Take a look!

silverspoonjewelry.com (vintage style jewelry, made from spoons)
islandcowgirl.com (rustic looking, awesome. Oh, and she stole my name!)
beehivecentral.com (jewelry/ accessories. (I have used them...good!)
susanshaw.com (I have used here also...fair prices!)
kevinnanna.com (Also purchased her...nice product, modern, low prices!)
morgan-company.com (jewelry &amp; accessories...good personal experience)
brysonstudios.com (charm bracelets- higer end)

rusticoleather.com (awesome journals &amp; leather accessories)
artfield.com (nice product, I have purchased here)
groovyholidays.com (I have purchased...decorative felt gift bags)
wyo-cowgirl.com (so cute!)
jdsmarketing.net (personalized gifts/engravables...they dropship)
in-gifts.com (asian accessories...nice product, inexpensive. Great 4 resale)
uccellino.com (cute gift items, I have purchased from her)
notedco.com (unique gifts...check ot the "eggling")
kbd-karinbydesign.com (higher-end accessories)
begoths.com (I love these! Got a sample at the gift show! LOVE them)
blueq.com (popular novelty items...SO FUN!! Viewer discretion advised!)
swingdesign.com (leather accesssories &amp; gifts....reasonable prices)
rockmusick.com (accessories that rock! Very cool stuff!)
thomasfx.com (I have used them...fake snow &amp; special effects items)
earthbags.com (eco-friendly bags)
royceleathergifts.com (leather purses &amp; accessories)
partyscratchers.com (fun party scratch-off themed games! Great 4 resale)

BATH &amp; BODY:
bathaccessories.com (great for gift basket supplies)
pendergrassinc.com (great for gift basket supplies)
primalelements.com (one of my favorites! lotions, body whips, etc..)
mebath.com (unique product line...check outbath fizz ice cream scoops)
skyvalleyfarm.com (gourmet soaps, reasonable prices, great selection)

zatinc.com (wholesale glasses, vases, votives, etc...)
coedru.com (I use them...great basket selection, decent prices)

twinklecandy.com (decorative pops, etc...)
expressivefortunes.com (personalized &amp; giant fortune cookies)

I recommend you check them all out! Happy window shopping!

KatEdited by: katnger
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Old 05-14-2008, 09:48 AM
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If anyone still reads this thread, my husband and I have been thinking about starting a B&amp;M shoe store in our town. If you can believe it, there isn't one! But, I would like to have an idea of whether it would be worth it or not; I don't know what legit wholesalers charge for shoes. Can anyone help?
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Old 05-19-2008, 10:10 AM
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Katnger, thanks so much for posting so much information!!

I am going to use some of my stimulus money to buy some more products - mainly jewelry.
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Old 05-20-2008, 11:38 AM
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Is there one in there for pets stuff?
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Old 05-20-2008, 11:51 AM
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DO NOT USE ZATINC.COM listed on this post. I found it &amp; it tried to send me a virus. My symantec blocked it.
Just want to warn y'all. I saw it on this post &amp; thought I could find items on that site....
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