To operate a clothing business and be able to buy your clothing wholesale you need to be a legitimate retail business. This means you will have to obtain a Sales Tax ID. This is an easy, low cost process. You can even do it online. Real wholesale suppliers will only deal with legal retail businesses. There a lot of unethical companies who claim to be wholesale distributors or drop shippers that will tell you that you don’t need to have a Sales Tax ID or be a legal business to buy wholesale.
Now that you have the legal stuff out of the way, its time to decide what type of woman’s fashion you wish to sell in your clothing store. Compose a list of what you think will sell, then visit other clothing stores to see what appeals to you. The tags on the clothing you look at may have a style or color number. Make a note of these to use when you finally contact a wholesale fashion clothing dealer or clothing wholesaler. Take note of the prices other clothing stores are charging for the type of merchandise you will handle.
Now you may ask yourself, “where can I buy these items at wholesale to resell it at retail in my clothing store”? The answer is there are thousands of clothing wholesalers on line. It is easy to look up companies that deal in wholesale woman’s fashion to use as your clothing supplier. Most of these are set up to deal in smaller quantity orders for smaller buyers.
As a new buyer you will most likely have to pay in advance for shipment. By the way, when pre-paying, I suggest you use a credit card and not cash. This can help if any problems with the company arises.
When first dealing with a wholesale fashion clothing supplier, there are questions you need answers to. What is their policy when it comes to returning items. If the item is defective or not up to your expectations what do you have to do to return it, and at who’s cost? Keep in mind, if the prices of the clothing are super low, it may not be worth buying.
You should find out if there is a minimum number of items you must purchase to get the wholesale price. You may have to buy more more then you need or can afford. Keep in mind shipping can sometimes take a while to arrive at your store. It could take up to 6 or 7 weeks, longer if you purchase from out of the country. Remember to factor shipping costs into your budget.
You are not limited to the internet to find wholesale clothing. There are many wholesale trade shows in the US each year. Every big city has wholesale only centers you can visit. It can prove to be difficult to get into these shows. You will have to prove you are a legal business in the trade. To get in the first time you visit be sure you bring something to show you are in the business. Sales Tax ID, business card letterhead etc. It will be worth your time and effort because dealers can offer trade-show deals. You can make new contacts there.