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#1 of 4 Old 08-11-2012, 04:25 PM - Thread Starter
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Hey, WAHMs 


I am knee deep in starting my own fabric and textile gifts business. I have a partner and quite a bit of support from family and friends but I'm nearing some issues that I could use some help with. I'm sure there are other forums for me to post this in but I thought I'd start with our WAHMs and go from there...


I have finished our profit and loss report and there are some areas where we can work to make this thing work -- but it's tight. We're looking at trying to increase our profit margin but we can't really know what that is without having firm prices and guaranteed distributors. 


For the fabric - that will be easy. My partner will just buy from the few big wholesalers. But I'm in charge of textile finished goods/gifts and I'm having trouble finding a source for some things. 


I guess my questions relevant to the WAHM forum are: 


  • How do you handle wholesale prices for your wares? 
  • What are your minimum orders? 
  • What are your ordering policies 


  • Do any of you do home sewing? 
  • Custom work for shops and etc. 
  • What is the payment structure for that sort of thing? 


  • Do any of you do resale shops? 
  • How did you find your wholesalers? 
  • Any for building a relationship with a wholesaler, especially on imported textiles? 


  • Have any of you approached your local artists to sell their goods? 
  • How have you gone about doing that? 


  • Have any of you employed local WAHMs to help build your inventory? 
  • How did that go? 
  • Were you able to pay them well enough and still earn a good profit? 


I am open to PMs for WAHM goods and services for the following: 


  • Sewing services (we would provide a pattern, fabric and an order number) 
  • WAHM made or imported textile gifts with a modern "global" aesthetic for the home, infants, young girls, and women 
  • Vintage fabric, unique notions, or craft kits






Thanks for your time!!  

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#2 of 4 Old 08-16-2012, 03:13 PM
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Bumping for attention. :)

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Sorry I can't send a pm.  Well I live in Tennessee and have done some sewing if you're still looking for moms to help you. Can you pm me your e-mail address?  Jade

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I have made quilts, pillows, patchwork,  curtains,  tote bags, and some clothing  (mostly dresses).  I can also make beaded jewelry and hemp macrame.  I used to make these items for sale at a shop and at festivals but when I had kids I just got out of it.  My youngest daughter is now 4 so I have a little more time on my hands.  I don't really have much inventory right now but if you let me know what you're looking for I could put something together and send pictures or something.  Thanks

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