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    Fabric by the Bolt Wholesale Pricing

    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!

    Thanks!

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    Do you have your business license??? The vendors will give you that info once you provide your business license. There are typically 15 yards of fabric on a bolt.

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    Prices vary from company to company and by designer also. Most average about $5.00 - $5.45 now. When I started about 5 years ago, it was $4.00 - $4.50. There are usually about 15 yards on a bolt. Batiks and metallics are higher.

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    Most quilt-shop quality fabrics now are above $5/yd, many are $6/yd and higher at wholesale.

    When you're crunching your numbers, don't forget to figure in inbound shipping costs. Depending on where you get your fabrics from, these can add up to 50 cents a yard or more by the time you get them in your shop. If you're running a home-based business, your shipping costs will be about 20% higher. That's why a lot of shops try to specialize in fabrics that can be sourced nearby, from local distributors rather than getting them from clear across the country.

    There are many many cost items that go into a sale that you never think of until you get into the business...

    Good luck!

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    Ae you opening a store??

    This poster has apparently just joined QB and we are giving away valuable info to someone who is virtually a stranger. 1 post ?? No other info from this poster??? Just sayin.

    Wholesale fabric prices are a wide range depending on vendor, type of fabric, etc.

    Btw, each Vendor will likely have minimum purchase requirements too. Either per order or annually.

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    bolts hold between 15 & 25 yards of fabric....some only 10....some 50....each is individual- different suppliers offer different amounts- instead of asking us, you need to ask your supplier-only they can answer this question for you
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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!

    Thanks!
    I don't know the answer but I wish you all the best with your business!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ckcowl View Post
    bolts hold between 15 & 25 yards of fabric....some only 10....some 50....each is individual- different suppliers offer different amounts- instead of asking us, you need to ask your supplier-only they can answer this question for you
    Like! This type of info is best requested from each Vendor. We still dont know ANYTHING about this member and what her business plan is.

    I wonder if she is aware of the trade shows..... ? Her screen name suggests to me tht he/she. Is in education
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    Just a note - I inquired about purchasing Moda wholesale and they have a $700 minimum. I am set up as a business but I'm just a small time gal and at this time couldn't place that kind of an order.

    Generally wholesale is about 40% off retail price, sometimes more, sometimes less depending on where you buy.

    Good luck with your venture!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sandygirl View Post
    Ae you opening a store??

    This poster has apparently just joined QB and we are giving away valuable info to someone who is virtually a stranger. 1 post ?? No other info from this poster??? Just sayin.

    Wholesale fabric prices are a wide range depending on vendor, type of fabric, etc.

    Btw, each Vendor will likely have minimum purchase requirements too. Either per order or annually.

    Sandy
    Sandy, it's all information that is available easily on the internet. It's no secret the minimums or cost of wholesale. No worries. Setting up a business is much more than buying a few bolts of fabric.
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    Pumpkin Patch Quilter,

    I am fully aware of that. I have been in retail for years. Wholesale side as well as a retailer. Been on both teams.

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    Maybe this is her dream to open up a shop. Sometimes collecting information and making sound choices is the best way to go.

    If she is in education- maybe she is looking for a career that will provide for her family. Some places do not pay their teachers very much.

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    I wasn't aware we were not allowed to give out information on this board. I love all the camaradie of helping each other.
    After all, we are all members because we LOVE fabric & quilting. Right?
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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltin chris View Post
    I wasn't aware we were not allowed to give out information on this board. I love all the camaradie of helping each other.
    After all, we are all members because we LOVE fabric & quilting. Right?
    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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    Thanks for your story as well as the valuable information others have provided. It helps all of us to get a better picture of what goes into our favorite LQS providing us with the fabrics we love so much!

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    Katie,

    Perhaps this is premature but one idea for you is to consider attending a Quilt Market when the time makes sense for you in your planning. You can research when and where the shows are on this site. http://quilts.com/home/index.php

    Market is a great way to glean lots of info for your new business adventure.

    Fab Shop News is a great magazine for fabric retailers.

    Good luck!
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    When you need help with setting up your business, look up the Small Business Administration in your local phone book.
    They have free classes in every phase of getting started and continuing.

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    Welcome aboard from Quebec City, Canada and good luck with your project.

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    I just noticed you are from Maryland and you mentioned PA in one of your posts. May I ask where you are thinking about having a shop since I too am from MD? There can never be too many quilt shops in an area!

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    Quote Originally Posted by pumpkinpatchquilter View Post
    Sandy, it's all information that is available easily on the internet. It's no secret the minimums or cost of wholesale. No worries. Setting up a business is much more than buying a few bolts of fabric.
    I agree, this is not top secret info. What harm can she do with it. Vendors won't give her wholesale prices unless she has a business ID#.

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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!

    Cheers!
    Katie ☺
    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!
    Katie ☺
    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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