I’ve already discussed the advantages of buying scrapbook paper and other materials in bulk, but once you’ve committed to the process, then what?
For starters you’ll need to find a reputable vendor to purchase your bulk items. I live in a rural area with very few scrapbook stores, which means I have to rely on online sources for wholesale merchandise. Of course, going that route opens up an entirely different can of worms, as the Internet can be a sketchy place to do business if you are not familiar with the companies offering bulk materials.
Visiting scrapbook forums is a good way to get recommendations. Another option is to do research based on price. You should also know that some wholesale suppliers will only do business with individuals who have a business license. If you are not planning to resell your bulk items, then consider Holly’s Wholesale Scrapbooking Supplies. The online company offers a huge selection of embellishments and paper. What’s more, you don’t have to own a business in order to purchase the goods; however, there is a rule about minimum quantities that you must follow in order to qualify for the wholesale price.
If you aren’t running a scrapbook business from your home, but still want to buy in bulk to take advantage of the great prices, then check out Scrapbuck.com. The site is filled with oodles of crafting and scrapbook supplies at super low prices, and you don’t have to be a business owner to qualify for them. This site is also very popular with bulk buyers because the minimum order quantities are quite low compared to other sites.
Other wholesale scrapbook retailers are very stringent about selling bulk materials exclusively to businesses. For example, Crafty Secrets has amazing merchandise that most scrapbookers would drool over, but the company requires that your business has been up and running for at least a year and that you purchase a minimum of $150 in items per transaction.