Buying quilting fabric at wholesale prices just requires doing a little research and some footwork to obtain the proper licenses. Technically, you must set up your own business to purchase fabric from wholesalers. Here's a basic guide to get you started buying your quilting fabric at wholesale prices.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
Things you need
- Business license
- Resellers permit
- Internet access or Yellow Pages
Look on the Internet to find the location of your local business license government office, its hours and business license fees. Bring your driver's license and the funds necessary to obtain your business license.
Take the business license to the resellers or "sellers" permit office. (The office for the resellers permit may be in the same building as the business license office. If not, the business license staff should be able to direct you where to go and what you need to bring.) The resellers permit will prevent you from having to pay sales tax to your supplier if you plan to resell the fabric to an end user.
Do an Internet or Yellow Pages search for "quilting fabric wholesale" for a list of suppliers with their contact information.
Call the supplier and fill out their wholesaler application. Each wholesaler most likely will want a copy of your resellers permit or at least your resellers permit number.
Obtain a price sheet from the wholesaler and ask about the minimum quantity of fabric you must purchase. Ask about discontinued items or any specials they are offering.
Decide what quantity and which items you wish to purchase, then place your order.
Tips and warnings
- Some wholesalers say they sell directly to the public at wholesale prices, so it may not be necessary to obtain a business license and resellers permit.
- Get quotes from several wholesalers to be certain you are getting a good deal at actual wholesale prices.
- Just because a wholesaler says they sell directly to the public at wholesale prices does not mean this is so. Ask if there is a difference in price between what they sell at retail and what they offer to their wholesale accounts.
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