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Purchasing Wholesale Craft Supplies

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The cost of crafting supplies can get to be quite high if you are an avid crafter or have a home based crafts business. This is a guide about purchasing wholesale craft supplies.
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By 0 found this helpful
June 17, 2009

I need quality wholesale lightweight acrylic beads in bulk lots. Not the ugly plastic beads you find at the craft store, but nice looking plastic beads. I would prefer they come strung on cord and not loose. But any kind will do as long as they look nice and are fairly cheap.

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I'm making something for resale that will sell for under $5. I'm looking for all sizes from 12 mm on down to 2 mm. I have already looked on E-bay and gone into Shipwreck beads (a very large bead store). Most stores don't carry acrylic beads that look classy and if they do, they are pricey. Can anyone help?

By Cyinda from Seattle/Tacoma Area

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June 17, 20090 found this helpful

etsy.com is a great website! You can buy or sell finished products. As well, there are many sellers that sell supplies. My daughter is currently making necklaces, earrings, etc., and she buys the beads, chain, closures, etc. from etsy.com Check it out! I'll bet you'll find all kinds of beads that you're looking for!

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June 17, 20090 found this helpful

Try www.firemountainbeads.com I also make and sell lower priced jewelry items and I often find unbelievable sales on this website... they also offer discounts depending on the number of items you buy. I usually grab up clearance items whenever I can but their regular prices are the lowest I've found anywhere yet.

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June 18, 20090 found this helpful

Enterpriseart.com is also a great bead store! I have purchased from for over 25 years! Good luck!

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June 18, 20090 found this helpful

You might try Fire Mountain beads and Gems. Their customer service department is very helpful, they give great discounts, and shipping is incredibly cheap. Get their 800 number from the web site, and then talk to a real human!

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June 18, 20090 found this helpful

PS I think Shipwreck is way overpriced and their webiste is almost impossible to navigate efficiently!

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June 18, 20090 found this helpful

Hello Cyinda,

Still looking for a bead wholesaler? I can offer you beautiful acrylic beads at fantastic prices and less costly than any of the recommended websites...have an overseas manufacturer! If interested, please contact me. email:ralphguarniero AT yahoo.com or (401) 447-4207 cell. Thanks and have a great day!

Kind Regards, Suzanne

P.S. Please include any pictures that may show what you're looking for.

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June 18, 20090 found this helpful

I can supply you with any type of bead(s) for less than any of the recommended sites. I am a crafter that purchases in bulk and can pass on the savings to you for my surplus inventory. If interested, please post feedback and any pictures you may have of what you're looking for. Kind Regards, Suzanne

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June 18, 20090 found this helpful

FireMountaingems.com or 800-355-2137. They'll send you a catalog with quarterly updates and you can get weekly or monthly e-mails with sales. The catalog prices are good and the per price decreases the more you order. Warning, it's easy to spend more money than you had planned.

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January 23, 20100 found this helpful

I agree with everyone who recommended firemountain.com.

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By 0 found this helpful
February 27, 2014

I want to buy paper products for card making and scrap booking. I cannot find any wholesale dealers. I used to be able to buy in the New Orleans area from a paper making/selling factory, but cannot find anything in the Arkansas area or even on line.

By Linda

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By 0 found this helpful
February 27, 2013

I have just received my retail license in order to create a home based card/crafting business. In my former place of residence I had a wholesale paper company to purchase some of my goods. There is no such thing close by now and I don't know how to go about finding wholesale sites. Do any of you have suggestions. The sites I do find don't really have wholesale prices.

By Linda from Ashdown, AR

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