Serious crafters and designers know the best secret to "blinging" out a project is buying in bulk. Saving you time and money, craft and garment supply stores often offer discounts for bulk orders. Pricing varies depending on the order size and merchant, but as with any bulk order it decreases in price the larger the order is. If you deal with merchants on a personal level, you may even be able to work out cheaper prices with consistent purchase and relationship building. The best places to get rhinestones in bulk also vary depending on where you are ordering from.
Most major cities have garment districts where wholesalers and designers meet to buy and sell from one another. You should be able to purchase embellishments such as rhinestones and crystals at wholesale prices.
Popular among resellers, craft wholesalers offer discounted prices and bulk orders for multiple crafting needs in one location. Familiar with tax exempt IDs of resellers, these one-stop-shops are best for those buyers in need of more than just rhinestones.
For buyers without local garment districts or craft wholesalers, online retailers are often the best bet. There are numerous web-based sellers that are rhinestone specific, offering flatback, hot-fix, acrylic, glass and crystal types of stones. Buyers interested in smaller bulk quantities can even find great deals on auction sites like eBay, where other bulk buyers may list leftover quantities from their larger bulk buys.
Buyers interested in the best deals possible should look into overseas sources. While international shipping may be pricey, buyers can get more bang for their buck by sourcing their rhinestone purchases through sites like Alibaba. Linking wholesalers and buyers, this online tool allows users to search and communicate with sellers to work out pricing. The only drawback to dealing with overseas retailers is the occasional language barrier, so this method is best left to those experienced with international purchases.
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