September 2, 2014
A recent article in Bloomberg Businessweek talks of new-found competition in China over Alibaba. If you’re not familiar, this is a Chinese owned website where companies can source global products. Here is why I bring this up:
- The U.S. is so much in debt to China, it confounds me that people would intentionally give them even more American business.
- Buying an import directly takes away from a domestic competitor.
- Products sourced online from overseas have little transparency. Who is making the product? Does the manufacturer use child labor? Is the factory worker paid a fair wage? Are toxic chemicals being used? In all likelihood, the answers are obvious and uncomfortable, so people don’t want to talk about it.
- The article states there is a “battle of the billionaires” in China over this e-commerce service. Is that a party you want to join?
- Small businesses open in the U.S. in order to fulfill a type of American Dream for the business owner. It’s unfortunate if this American Dream needs to come by way of making Chinese billionaires even richer.
This is what drives our passion at Sourcing Handmade.
Our NEW online wholesale ordering platform will be comprised of items HANDMADE in the USA. This means transparency. This means helping to fulfill more American Dreams…but aside from the emotional component, it means tangible business advantages such as: very low product minimums, no questionable labor practices, no toxic chemicals, attractive wholesale prices, virtually knowing the maker, the ability to contact us easily (no impossible to reach billionaire business owners here!), and of course the sense of peace that accompanies making sourcing decisions that not only make financial sense, but make sense in our hearts as well.
STAY TUNED, our online wholesale ordering portal will open this fall. Become even more of a “conscious consumer.” Know what you buy so you can know what you sell.
September 1, 2014
In honor of Labor Day, we’re extending our 50% off discount for our new online wholesale ordering platform, through end of day today…and we’re opening it to ALL interested artisans. This is a great opportunity to have your handmade items available for online wholesale ordering by boutiques. Click here and type in the password success. We are launching to our 65 registered wholesale buyers in Sept., and will follow that up with an ad in Gift Shop Magazine this winter.
Don’t miss out! This offer will expire at the end of the day today. Once your products are uploaded to our wholesale ordering portal, you, the artisan, will receive access to view your products.
Get in on the ground running, and pick up some new wholesale accounts this year!
August 26, 2014
Get in on the back to school buzz with back to work excitement for your handmade biz! Fresh start, new opportunities, more growth is all around the corner.
We will be offering boutique buyers ONLINE wholesale ordering this fall. This will present a huge opportunity to both handmade artisans and boutique buyers. Buyers will be able to order multiple vendors’ products on a single sales order. This will lessen administrative work on their end which = more time…and time is money! They can use our one-stop-shop to find many different types of unique, beautiful handcrafted items. Vendors can list products by case pack, or minimum order quantities, to take care of their volume requirements. They will also benefit from belonging to a community of amazing, handmade items, where their presence helps each other gain new wholesale accounts. Click here to read more Features & Benefits for both wholesale buyers and artisans.
We will launch to our 60+ registered wholesale buyers in September, so sit tight!
Artisans, do you want to get in on the ground running? Then sign up here if you are new to Sourcing Handmade, or sign up here if you are a current or past client (type password success). We currently have artwork, entertaining, and home decor categories registered for our online ordering portal, but we are not putting any limits on participation yet, so join us today!
Simply put, drop shipping is part of the supply chain whereby a distributor facilitates the receipt of goods from a vendor to a buyer. Refer to the infographic below (noting “us” theoretically is Sourcing Handmade). Through “drop shipping,” the buyer orders goods indirectly from the vendor (via the distributor), who “drop ships” directly to the buyer. The distributor handles the sales orders, purchase orders, and invoices. Advantages of this are numerous:
- The distributor does not (necessarily) carry any inventory. If not, s/he does not incur the costs associated with the overhead involved in carrying stock.
- The vendor does not have to seek out buyers (the distributor helps do this).
- The buyer does not have to seek out individual vendors (s/he can find several vendors through one distributor).
- The economies of scale involved when parties come together, a one-stop-shop (the drop-shipping distributor) who mediates the sale from vendor to buyer.
For those familiar with us (Sourcing Handmade), it is akin to us taking wholesale orders on our site, where we are already introducing handmade artisans and wholesale buyers. Did you check out that infographic yet?
Ready to get your sparkle, swank, and groove on?! Inspired by beach cities with blue skies and endless sunshine, Sharon creates these bags filled with fun and flair! Up-cycled denim pockets are used to create super functional, super fun bags. They are available in every color of the rainbow. They may be adorned with 6″ or 14″ fringe, 7″ gerber daisy flowers, tie dye backing, and Swarovski rhinestones. The peace sign adornment is hand painted and glittered. Cording strap is just over 1 yard long, and pocket includes a velcro closure. This is perfect to fit a smartphone, id, credit cards, lipstick, and some cash. It is the final touch on your ensemble for a night out on the town. They make great gifts (think birthdays, holidays, bridesmaid gifts), are great for vacations and more! Something fun and affordable about which your customers won’t have to think twice!
Register online here as a wholesale buyer (it’s free), and view this artisan’s wholesale line sheet today! She has been in business over 25 years and sells to boutiques across the globe!
I introduce you to our top seller at our recent wholesale trade show in Chicago. Lux Aromatica is a complete, handmade bath & body product line. This comprehensive line presents beautifully with labeling art hand drawn by the business owner / creator herself. This military wife is an example of a classic success story. She took her 18 years of experience in candle-making from a craft fair hobby to a successful small business with product in nearly 50 retail shops and boutiques across the country…all the while remaining the sole candle maker in her business.
Her soy candles have a 50 hour burn time, and come in an amazing assortment of aromas. All fragrances are designed in-house from essential oils. Her cold process soap bars are handmade using exfoliants, emollients or other luxury ingredients such as clays, chocolate, wine, sea salt, fruits and more.
All products are available for wholesale purchase as singles for testing before placing an opening order. Candle and lotion testers are recommended. An offering of matching soaps and candles always creates more fluidity in product turnover, and it is recommended to have products grouped together in a display (making it easier to compare scents), and to display products in groups of 3. This could be candles in 3 different scents; or 1 candle, 1 lotion, and 1 bar soap in the same scent, etc.
Kerensa designs the packaging in-house and her labels are professionally printed. Her recycled-fiber kraft tubes for candles and glassine bags for soaps are compostable and biodegradable.
The Lux Aromatica product line includes bar soaps, soy candles, hand/body lotions, and lip balms. My personal favorite product is the “Natural Indulgence” lotion. It is silky, smooth, non-greasy, with a beautiful and pleasant aroma that is not over-powering.
May 6, 2014
Sensitive skin? Problem areas? Anti-chemical? Organic? Holistic? Earth-conscious? Green? These are just some of the words describing consumers who opt for handcrafted bath & body products. Go ahead, read the ingredient list on the bar soap currently in your shower. Do you know what all those scary sounding ingredients are? Can you pronounce them? Do you know they leach into your skin and what havoc they may wreak from there?
Dieshawn’s passion for hand-crafting bar soaps is evident in the quality of her products. They smell amazing. They feel succulent. Dieshawn’s dedication is evident as she stays abreast of new techniques by attending annual conferences. She continuously seeks out new raw materials that may further enhance her product line.
Ingredients used may include African Shea Butter, Palm Oil, Rice Bran Oil, Coconut Oil and scents from healthy, nutritious foods.
Plus, the Citrus Basil soap is ideal for men!
Bar soaps wholesale at $2.50 each, making for a very attractive and competitive retail price for a handcrafted soap.
April 5, 2014
What is cuter that Fido strutting his stuff with flair, with personality? All dogs are not created equal, so why have your pooch conform to all the other pups out there? Let him be his unique self with these handmade dog collars, leads, bow ties and flower adornments. Sarah offers a wide variety of fabrics from bold patterns to conservative styles. Collars come in a wide variety of sizes, from XS to XL, and are priced accordingly. Her product line can be seen in a handful of boutiques, including veterinary clinics and billion dollar retail giant Ace Hardware.