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« on: March 07, 2005 07:51:36 PM »

Hi I am new to craftster.
This is a great resource and I've picked up alot of great tips and inspiration just surfing around (shrinky dinks, who knew?!)
I am currently experimenting with jewelry designs in the hope of one day selling my stuff at a shop, a crafts fair, or even on a website.
I'm interested in making a large volume of jewelry and also just having enough materials to experiment with without regard for running out of something.
I've gotten some supplies from Michaels and Beadworks but now I'm ready to buy a larger volume of raw materials and I think the most cost efficient way is for me to do this wholesale. I know wholesale websites exist but because I'm relatively new to this, I'd like to be able to go to a store to look at the items in person before I buy a huge amount of silver chain or jump beads. The sizing they give on websites isn't very helpful to me as I have only worked with the standard Michael's fare and I'm really overwhelmed by all the choices out there.  I'm not so much interested in beads, but more like silver findings, chains, ear wires, and leather and suede cord.
Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks so much.
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« Reply #1 on: March 07, 2005 07:59:13 PM »

the thing about wholesale is that you have to have a tax ID or the equivalent, depending on your state. . . without that, generally speaking,  ppl will not do business with you.  so that's half the battle.  and beyond that, there are lots of great websites that sell wholesale items, as well as bead shows and stuff in expo centers, etc.

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« Reply #2 on: March 10, 2005 10:17:52 AM »

I live in the Boston area but I usually buy wholesale findings and such from catalogs/website like Fire Mountain Gems and Rings & Things.

I know it's hard to envisions some materials without seeing them "in person" though.  Luckily most catalogs/websites give you the size of the item in millimeters.  So you can pull out a ruler and try to envision things that way.  That's what I do.

But -- having said that -- if you want to get higher quality findings than Michael's carries and in larger quantities, you can try these places but catalogs and websites are where I tend to go:

Crystal Blue Beading Company in Watertown

Play Time Crafts in Arlington (go to the basement for jewelry findings)

And then there's Gem-o-rama in Hingham, MA which is the warehouse location for their catalog. You can't really browse there but you can place an order and then go pick it up.


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« Reply #3 on: March 10, 2005 10:35:19 AM »

And then there's Gem-o-rama in Hingham, MA which is the warehouse location for their catalog. You can't really browse there but you can place an order and then go pick it up.

this is like a mile from my house, and i had no clue...thanks leah!
« Reply #4 on: April 03, 2005 02:45:42 PM »

I am a jewelry designer in Boston and in addition to ordering online i take the bus ($15!) to NYC about every other month for supplies. 
Also sometimes there are bead shows outside the city, but i dont drive.
Almost any of these things you do need a tax ID #, which doesnt cost anything and can be filed online, but then you have to do your business taxes! 
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