Jewelry is often the subtle exclamation point to any outfit. The right piece can serve as a means of self expression for both the artist and the wearer. High-end jewelry can be very expensive. Fortunately the same effect can often be achieved with the use of costume jewelry. Well made costume jewelry bracelets, necklaces and rings can add a punch of color at far less expense. If you are a costume jewelry hobbyist or serious seller, you can save yourself and your clients money by buying both supplies and finished items wholesale.
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Get a federal tax identification number. A tax identification number is a means of identifying yourself to retailers as someone in the business. You can get this number via the IRS website. The number allows you to make sure that your business and personal expenses are kept in separate accounts. You do not need to do lots of business each year to get a number. You can use the number to buy only a few items.
Buy at trade fairs and shows. Trade fairs are fairs where merchants gather to showcase new designs, make contacts with other costume jewelry merchants and discuss trends they expect to see in the coming year. Fairs are held both in the United States and all over the world. Some shows are open to the general public while others are confined to buyers. You may need to show that you have a tax identification number. Consider attending fairs that showcase jewelry made from authentic gemstones. You can get ideas this way as well as get a feel for what's popular in a given area and time frame.
Purchase items from a wholesale warehouse. Wholesale warehouses specialize in selling a wide range of products for a specific industry. A wholesale costume jewelry warehouse may have thousands of products available for purchase in a wide range of colors and styles. Some stores require evidence of a federal tax identification number while others do not. Find out in advance.
Buy online. If you don't have a nearby wholesale costume jewelry warehouse in your area, you can often locate the warehouse's website and show there. You will have to pay additional shipping costs, but the extra savings are often worth it. Look through eBay listings as well. eBay is an online outlet that connects buyers and sellers. A wholesale jewelry seller may have excess stock and choose to sell it this way.
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