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Topic: Starting New Knitting Business--Any Tips????  (Read 1115 times)
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« on: May 13, 2004 09:23:30 PM »

Hi all!  I am new to this forum but have been visiting for awhile.  I recently started a small web based knitting business.  Like a lot of people I've seen on this forum I'm looking for tips on how to get the word out about my business and/or good places to advertise.  I've gotten thru some of the biggies like getting the website up and going and getting my LLC formed and getting my Tax ID #'s.  Now it's just a matter of figuring out how to let people know I'm out there. 
Another big thing I'm stressing over--anyone know how to get wholesale accounts with yarn companies?  I've tried a couple and their minimum order requirements are huge!  Anyone know of any that have reasonable min order requirements (like under $200 for your initial order)?
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« Reply #1 on: May 13, 2004 11:26:05 PM »

are there any wholesale/trade shows for the knitting industry? i know there are some very large well-attended trade shows for quilt shops. i think the spring quilt market may be next week, actually. other than that, all i can think of is buy a knitting mag (i used to see them, and i'm not even a knitter!) and see who's advertising and contact them for a catalog, etc.) or, if you know the names of the companies you'd like to buy from, try to find a web site for them and contact them online. i know, this is probably obvious stuff ... good luck!


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« Reply #2 on: May 15, 2004 11:00:07 PM »

I'm not sure about yarn wholesalers but in general when you establish a wholesale account with a company you need to meet the opening order and the minimum order each time after that. The amount is usually pretty significant. Some companies also have quantity minimum, ie you need to purchase a fixed amount of each design/item. As such many new businesses face the same problem - getting stuck with a relatively large inventory of the same design.

I looked at your website and I would suggest decreasing the size of your photo. It takes a while to load the big photos, some people have dialup and you don't want them to get impatient and leave.

« Reply #3 on: May 22, 2004 02:19:50 PM »

Thanks for the replies.  I am working on changing the format of the pictures on my website to change the size so they're easier to download.  I know that it is a problem, just hadn't gotten the chance to change it yet. 
As far as wholesale accounts go, I am finding I am having better luck by contacting smaller companies.  They have a smaller minimum order requirement that is easier to meet and seem to be more likely to wholesale to smaller companies and home based companies.  One of the problems (other than the large min order) I've been running into is that many yarn manufacturers want you to have a business in a commercial area, not in your home, and they will only wholesale if it's a retail yarn shop.  I don't know why a designer manufacturing products from their yarns is not worth selling wholesale to, maybe they figure you will sell more of their product if you're selling the yarn retail.  But that's where I'm at with that.  If anyone else has any advice on buying wholesale and/or good ways to advertise, I'd love to hear it.  Thanks!!
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