Craft supplies and blanks can really add up and if you are trying to start a handmade business, buying in bulk means significant savings and more margin for you in the end.
After doing some research, I realized you don’t have to buy wholesale to get a good deal. There is always a trade-off between holding inventory and getting a good per unit cost.
For some of the items on this list, you can actually find a decent deal just on Amazon. If the net savings isn’t that much, then buying more on-demand might be a better bet.
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Vinyl bulk craft supplies
651 Vinyl seems to be the default choice for most crafting looking to buy vinyl in bulk. They carry every many manufacturers and also have a lot of blanks. More importantly, they have reasonably priced fast shipping.
Expression Vinyl is also another reliable source. They also carry the majority of the well known brands.
Amazon I find actually has the best deals on HTV especially if you are willing to go with one of the lesser-known brands.
Bulk Supplies for Craft Paper
Joanna – A few times a year, Joanna has this amazing deal on their single sheet selection for about $0.10 a piece. While the regular deals on the cardstock assorted packs are not bad, I’m not a huge fan of some of the brands they carry. They are intended to die cut crafts and don’t do well with a cutting machine.
Michaels – This crafts supply store usually costs an arm and a leg but it’s not bad for cardstock. There is usually some deal every other week or so that gets the letter-sized Recollections assorted stack of 50 sheets down to $3. That’s a pretty good deal in my book. Here are some of my favorites:
- Recollections 65lb Cardstock from Michaels
- Favorite Assorted Pink/Blush 12″x12″ Recollections Set
- Favorite Assorted Purple 12″x12″ Recollections Set
- Kraft Cardstock from Michaels
Amazon – There are a couple of brands that are easiest to buy from Amazon in bulk. Neenah and a couple of random non-branded cardstock sellers. Here are my go-to cardstock vendors from Amazon:
- Neenah Collections Assorted Set from Amazon – Basic primary colors, great starter pack, perfect weight for most papercraft projects
- Metallic Shimmer Assorted Set from Amazon – This set is a little lighter in weight but the colors are beautiful in 3D
- Cardstock Warehouse Brand on Amazon – I love the quality of all the matte colored cardstock with Cardstock Warehouse. It is my go-to brand for individual matte colors that I might need
Paper Paper – This is where I buy the bulk of my paper. The quality and variety are unbeatable. Here are a few variety packs that are great for starters.
- Assorted Pink Set from Paper Paper – This is a must-have for paper flower makers. The variety is perfect to create a bouquet.
- Assorted Purple Set from Paper Paper – This is another must-have for paper flower makers. I love the variety of finishes in this pack.
- Metallic Variety Set from Paper Paper – I don’t know any avid paper crafter that doesn’t use Stardream metallics line of shimmer paper. It is the only metallic cardstock line that I know of that has such variety and has colored cores.
Other wholesale craft blanks
One of the best types of products for crafters to sell is customized product. A monogramed gift is almost always a great choice for almost any occasion from birthdays to weddings. Depending on what you like to work with, here are a few of the more popular customizable products.
T-Shirt blank craft supplies
Jiffy Shirts is the place to go for custom t-shirt makers. You can get an adult-sized blank shirt for less than $2. They carry a lot of other blanks as well.
DH Gate is another international marketplace that carry blanks directly from foreign manufacturers.
Craft Corner Supplies is another blanks shop that carries just about everything.
Blank Shirts carries a lot of clothing and other fabric based blanks.
Etsy – I both love them and hate them for it. Over the past decade, Etsy has just been taken over by foreign manufacturers selling their supplies. It makes it a terrible shopping experience for the actual consumer looking to buy handmade but it always provides access for the artisans that would otherwise not have it. Here are some of the areas where Etsy has a lot of great vendors:
Kids blank t-shirts
I’ve said this many times but the best kind of gifts I like receiving for my kids are clothes. Love getting clothes clothes because they are so useful. Toys can be hit or miss. My sister in law has a rule for no toy gifts that make noise. I love that and need to do a better job of enforcing it in our household.
- Blank toddler tank tops – These non-ribbed tank tops are great for all sorts of iron-on projects
Wholesale toddler t-shirts – While these Gilden thick t-shirts cost a buck more than other varieties, the quality makes it well worth the price
- Baseball Kids blank t-shirts – I love these Raglan shirts as a more interesting base for iron-on clothing products to sell.
Wholesale toddler sweatshirts – These sweatshirt blanks are the perfect thickness for kids – not too bulky but great for winter indoor wear.
Plain white onesies bulk
For crafters without kids, let me give you some free advice when making baby gear, trying to get any shirt over a newborns head is a pain in the butt. The only thing worse is trying to get it off the baby after a blowout.
I tell every new parent, invest in kimono style onesies. So please do all of us parents a favor and only buy/gift kimono style onesies. Here are a few of my favorites:
White onesies bulk – If you must, Gerbers has the best deal on basic onesie blanks. They run small though and shrink even more so size up if you can.
Long sleeve white baby onesies bulk – Carter is a great affordable but high-quality brand for baby clothes. I love these long sleeve side button onesies and have bought lots over the years for my own kids.
A few other notable mentions for bulk craft blanks
Blank water bottles for vinyl decals – I love these BPA free clear water bottles bulk pack
Wood sign blanks wholesale – If you’re not in the mood to sand and stain your own wood signs, just order them from Etsy. They have an amazing selection of ready made rustic blank signs.
There’s always Hobby Lobby, the Dollar Store and other discount vendors with brick and mortar shops. Daiso Japan is another discount store similar to the Dollar Store in theme.
I’ve also found Ikea to be a great source for frames, pillowcases and ceramics.
Facebook also has several Buy and Sell groups intended for wholesale products.
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