>> Everyone wants to know someone who can "get it wholesale". When you visit New York City, finding that someone (even though a complete stranger) is easier than you think.
Almost every company that sells in the United States has a showroom in Manhattan. And if not in Manhattan proper, damn close to it.
Some wholesalers restrict sales to authorized tax re-sellers, but many sell daily to the general public, or else, through periodic special events.
BUYING TIP: CASH IS KING. FORGETTABOUTTA CHARGE CARD OR CHECK IF YOU WANT TO DEAL.
BUYING TIP: SAMPLE SALES ARE OFTEN ADVERTISED ON THE STREET BY PEOPLE HANDING OUT FLYERS, WITH MANY NEAR PENN STATION.
Wholesalers tend to cluster. The shaded area on the map below, for example, shows where a heavy concentration of fashion-related dealers exist. Some who specialize in purses (including replicas), accessories, jewelry, and perfume can be easily seen at street-level when strolling along Broadway between 20th and 30th Streets, as well as on nearby cross-streets.
If you want to track down specific wholesalers, such as for handbags, go to www.YellowBook.com and fill out its search form as follows:
BUYING TIP: SOME WHOLESALERS ARE CLOSED ON LATE FRIDAY AFTERNOONS AND ALL DAY SATURDAY. ALWAYS CHECK FOR BUSINESS DAYS AND HOURS.
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To find unexpected and highly interesting products, you need to walk around Manhattan to appreciate what it has to offer. If you find something and you are an authorized re-seller, ask merchants whether they can make wholesale connections. Importers, for example, are usually very happy to assist you.
Canal and Orchard Streets are well-known for deal-making, with Orchard Street being practically closed on Saturday, but open on Sunday. Here's an example of Canal Street quality and prices: I picked up butter-soft, lined leather gloves for $7 retail at Canal and Thompson, plus a long, $5 scarf.
The top two pictures show designer fashions and one-of-a-kind purses that could very easily be resold in a small boutique. These are available at an outdoor weekend market on the corner of Wooster and Spring Streets.
The bottom two pictures are in front of Laila Rowe, a manufacturers' sample outlet chain that opened in November 2003. With five Manhattan locations, Laila Rowe sells designer jewelry, high-quality scarves (silk, wool, velvet, and viscose), handbags, and accessories at very reasonable prices. While not a wholesale outlet, you might want to shop here when looking for good stock.
Wholesalers are also present whenever you see co-existing vendors in temporary booths. During December's high holiday season, for example, you'll find exquisite merchandise in Bryant Park and Union Square tent cities. In the summer and fall, ever-present street fairs are filled with importers, local manufacturers, and artists, all eager to expand their markets.
As I hope you understand by now, shopping opportunities in New York City are significantly different than in suburban shopping malls. If you want to know what you'll find next season back home, pay close attention to what you see on the streets today . . . And if you want to buy it for re-sale, just ask!
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THESE CUTE HOT PANTS ARE PART OF A DESIGNER LINE THAT INCLUDES COORDINATED SKIRTS, SLACKS, COATS, AND HATS.
AVAILABLE IN AN OUTDOOR LOT AT THE CORNER OF WOOSTER & SPRING STREETS.
ONE-OF-A-KIND, BEAUTIFULLY-CONSTRUCTED PURSES ARE ALSO AVAILABLE AT THE WOOSTER & SPRING STREET OUTDOOR LOCATION.
IRMA OZKALFAYAW, A PROMOTIONAL REP FOR LAILA ROWE, WORE ATTRACTIVELY LAYERED, FINE-WOOL SCARVES AS SHE OVERSAW THE TABLE IN FRONT OF THE WEST BROADWAY SAMPLE OUTLET..
EXAMPLES OF LAILA ROWE'S SOFT HANDBAGS.