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Thread: Fabric by the Bolt Wholesale Pricing

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    i would think if you're setting up a business and getting permits/licenses, then you should know how many yards of fabric are on a bolt. anyone that's a quilter knows how much is on a bolt.

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    Good luck in your new venture. I know the more you buy of anything the better pricing you get. You usually have to prove yourself to the manufacturer/supplier that you can consistantly purchase and pay for the product to get better pricing later on.
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    Quote Originally Posted by k8edu View Post
    Well said Chris! I came across this site yesterday in my search for bolt pricing and saw that there was a wealth of information floating around and likely to be at least a few people willing to help a newbie like me! I appreciate those who did! It was a last minute thing as I walked out my door for a weekend with my sisters. Not that I need to explain myself, but I had a legitimate reason for asking.

    I have 2 sisters, we're in our late 20's and early 30's. We all sew, we're all crafty, and come from an extremely artsy/creative family (mostly educators, except for me, I'm the black sheep in medical sales). One of my sisters has 2 children, for which she has a hard time finding cool, modern clothes, blankets, burp cloths, etc. We've always gone to craft shows and said, "we should do this" so....we finally are. Our generation isn't interested in the things at craft shows that were cool in 1992. We want colorful, bright, polka dots, chevron, modern, but still cute. We are doing a few shows to test the waters and may go online, but we're starting at the local level first. We are spending the weekend, piecing together our business plan and making decisions. We are still in the process of getting our tax ID (SO a pain in the butt, btw. If anyone out there can help us with tax ID's, LLC's vs. partnerships, etc., preferably in Pennsylvania, we will love you forever!). With that being said, of course Riley Blake can't discuss pricing with us until we have that done. See the catch-22 there? Being the perfectionist that I am, I wanted to be as accurate as I could as I was laying the numbers out for the sisters. So....there you go. NOW you know me, you know my story, probably more than you ever wanted to know, and hopefully provided you with a legitimate reason for why I was asking. Thank you again to those who helped. I am the quilter of the group and I've seen some interesting posts as I was skimming the site. I look forward to reading more when I have some spare time!

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    well I am happy for you.good luck on getting into quilting/crafting ,etc.There are a lot of younger people getting into homemade trendy items-and they have more modern tastes and there are plenty of modern fabric designers out there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ro View Post
    i would think if you're setting up a business and getting permits/licenses, then you should know how many yards of fabric are on a bolt. anyone that's a quilter knows how much is on a bolt.
    I have no idea how much is on a bolt and I am a quilter. I typically buy anything from fat quarters to 5 yards at most so I've had no reason to know this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by k8edu View Post
    Well said Chris! I came across this site yesterday in my search for bolt pricing and saw that there was a wealth of information floating around and likely to be at least a few people willing to help a newbie like me! I appreciate those who did! It was a last minute thing as I walked out my door for a weekend with my sisters. Not that I need to explain myself, but I had a legitimate reason for asking.

    I have 2 sisters, we're in our late 20's and early 30's. We all sew, we're all crafty, and come from an extremely artsy/creative family (mostly educators, except for me, I'm the black sheep in medical sales). One of my sisters has 2 children, for which she has a hard time finding cool, modern clothes, blankets, burp cloths, etc. We've always gone to craft shows and said, "we should do this" so....we finally are. Our generation isn't interested in the things at craft shows that were cool in 1992. We want colorful, bright, polka dots, chevron, modern, but still cute. We are doing a few shows to test the waters and may go online, but we're starting at the local level first. We are spending the weekend, piecing together our business plan and making decisions. We are still in the process of getting our tax ID (SO a pain in the butt, btw. If anyone out there can help us with tax ID's, LLC's vs. partnerships, etc., preferably in Pennsylvania, we will love you forever!). With that being said, of course Riley Blake can't discuss pricing with us until we have that done. See the catch-22 there? Being the perfectionist that I am, I wanted to be as accurate as I could as I was laying the numbers out for the sisters. So....there you go. NOW you know me, you know my story, probably more than you ever wanted to know, and hopefully provided you with a legitimate reason for why I was asking. Thank you again to those who helped. I am the quilter of the group and I've seen some interesting posts as I was skimming the site. I look forward to reading more when I have some spare time!

    Cheers!
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    The first decision you have to make is are you going into business as a partnership or an LLC. Find a good CPA and discuss the various tax implications of both tax entities. After you know what type of business you're going to set up then you can get your federal EIN number. After you have that number then you can get a state tax ID. Generally wholesalers won't even talk to people that aren't actually in business. Once you have your business set up then you can start setting up wholesale accounts.

    As to actual fabric pricing, it varies considerably from distributer to distributer. Most of them want a minimum initial order of $500 to $750 and then annual purchases of at least $1200 to keep your account open. If you're opening a quilt store that's not all that hard to do. If you're doing some kind of craft sales it's going to be a lot harder to use that much fabric in a year let alone every year.

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    When in doubt about yardage on a bolt, go to your local quilt shop and look on the end of the bolt.

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    Anyone can buy wholesale. It's not a secret society. Check out Marshall's Dry Goods Wholesale site. Quilt shops in the surrounding states buy there all the time. I know they do because I see the vans loaded with bolts of fabric when I shop for bolts of fabric there.
    Got fabric?

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    Quote Originally Posted by k8edu View Post
    Could anyone give me an idea of how much fabric is by the bolt from Michael Miller, Riley Blake, Robert Kaufman, etc? I need a general idea so I can crunch some numbers for my business. I'm in the process of applying for all my wholesale accounts, but it would be nice to know prices as I'm planning!

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    Go online at those companies and get a price list, fabric very s .
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nilla View Post
    I have no idea how much is on a bolt and I am a quilter. I typically buy anything from fat quarters to 5 yards at most so I've had no reason to know this.
    That's what I was thinking. I've been quilting for more than 30 years and I don't know how much is standard for a bolt. The muslin I order is 20 yards on a bolt but when I purchased from another source it was a 30-yard bolt so there's definitely some disparity.

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    ro, I believe that is why the question was asked some people do not know or care. Until now I thought the most fabric that came on a bolt was 8 maybe 10 yards once I was told 15 yards were on a bolt. Now someone posted their maybe even more yardage per bolts. I also do not understand what the big deal that "k8edu" has not posted on this site before and has asked her question, what is the big deal about her question, do you have to have posted on this site a number of times before you can ask a type of question? I DO NOT GET IT!! I love this site and have learned a lot but sometimes peoples reaction are beyond me. Good luck to you and your sisters "k8edu" most of the people on this site are very very helpful and go out of their way to help people. yippie

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