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Handmade Sneak Peek

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Curious what sort of handmade products we sell for wholesale?  Here is a sneak peek!  The amazing products are all HANDMADE by various makers located throughout the U.S.  They are available for wholesale ordering with very small minimums, fast lead-times, and surprisingly affordable wholesale prices.  Retailers can register for free here.  New vendors and new products are added weekly, so check back often.

Our promise to you…you will find NO factory made products here.  No siree!

What Boutiques Want for 2015

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What are boutique owners shopping for in 2015?  We asked our 80 registered wholesale buyers, and this is what they are interested in, along with the total # of mentions for that category:

Jewelry – 18

Home Decor – 14

Accessories – 10

Clothing / Fashion – 10

Bath / Body – 9

Candles – 5

Gifts – 5

Handbags – 4

Honorable mentions: Organic, Wedding, Kids, Wooden, Knit / Crochet, Eco-Friendly.

The best part is, they are shopping for HANDMADE goods in these categories!

To celebrate the new shopping year, we are offering handmade artisans the following promo:

Sign up as a Handmade Artisan by Jan. 31, 2015, and receive 3 months FREE in our online wholesale ordering portal, plus a FREE AD in our next monthly newsletter going out to ALL 80 of our registered wholesale boutique buyers.  Click here to register!

Why Handmade Jewelry Rocks

November 17, 2014

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We love Uncommon Goods!  Their recent blog post “7 Things You Didn’t Know About Handmade Jewelry” explains why it is infinitely better that mass produced jewelry.  Go on, click and read!

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Our online wholesale ordering portal has been live for less than 2 weeks.  We have a number of wholesale buyers perusing the site, and a few of our handmade artisans have already received a wholesale order!  We love seeing existing buyers stopping in to visit, and we love seeing new buyers register who have found us on Google.  Say “yay” to great SEO!

We plan to add new products weekly.  Within the next week we’ll be adding hand crocheted neck warmers.  We LOVE these.  So stylish and so comfortable.  We will also be adding handcrafted candles and bar soaps.  Here’s a teaser….This product line was a big seller at our last wholesale trade show in Chicago in January, and we hope to bring the vendor even more wholesale accounts.  VLUU L200  / Samsung L200

 

We’re always bringing you EXCITING new items, so register for our online wholesale ordering portal today and check back often to see what’s new.   New merchandise for your shop can be found from the comfort of your home or office!

Wholesale Shop Open

October 12, 2014

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Register today for a free Sourcing Handmade retailer account, and enjoy 24/7 wholesale shopping with our SECURE online ordering.

The products we offer are all handmade by small business owners.  Some are available in perpetuity, some are exclusive and once they’re gone, they’re gone!  We offer a wide range of products at attractive prices, with very small minimums.  You will find no factory made products here!

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Already registered?  Login below to shop, place orders, and review past orders.

New products are added weekly so check back often!

Features & Benefits for Wholesale Buyers:

  • streamline your ordering with our one-stop shop, accessing multiple vendors and product categories on our site
  • place multiple vendors’ products on the same sales order…less administrative work, less hassle!
  • no more paper order forms or faxes
  • low order minimum of $200, for all sales orders placed with us
  • view vendors’ inventory levels for immediate shipment, if applicable
  • set start ship dates, if required
  • write notes on sales order for customizing information, if applicable
  • deal with one entity, Sourcing Handmade…no more juggling several indie vendors
  • we never store credit card #’s, they are encrypted & processed appropriately through authorize.net

Why Boutiques Close

September 16, 2014

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A recent article in Crain’s Chicago Business answers “Why is it so hard to be a boutique owner in Chicago?”   Being from Chicago, it’s no surprise that last year’s polar vortex kept shoppers indoors, afraid to venture out into temperatures colder than they had been in at least 20 years.  However, that’s just a piece of the story.

One boutique owner found “small, lower-priced designers were going out of business left and right as credit dried up, making it hard to find inventory.”  Higher-end national labels approached her about selling their product, but she knew the expensive lines just wouldn’t sell.  So, she was stuck.

But not anymore!  Hand makers fill an important supply piece of this puzzle.  The problem is, it’s too hard and time-consuming for many boutique owners to find them.  Why are they an important piece? 

  • they have a unique product and viewpoint…they are oftentimes undiscovered talent
  • they have very low minimums and have flexibility
  • they have acceptable price points
  • they have passion!

We are bringing together as many hand-makers as possible to offer boutique buyers a solution to the problem many shop owners face.  On October 1, 2014, wholesale buyers can shop online RIGHT HERE and find amazing new merchandise for their stores.  So far, our ordering platform is lined up with the following broad categories of handmade product: jewelry, fine art, home goods, children’s.  More product is being added weekly until our launch.

Are you a hand-maker?  Click here to learn more and sign up.

Are you a boutique buyer?  Follow us on Facebook to be sure you hear when we are open for business.  Personal invitations will be emailed to any boutique buyer on our newsletter list.  Not sure if you’re on the list?  Shoot me an email at info@sourcinghandmade.com and I’ll add you, simple as that!

We can’t wait to offer you some great product!

Source it Here

September 2, 2014

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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.

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