Practical and Helpful Tips: Sellers
There is a good feeling that comes with having a delivery truck pull up with the expected fabric. It feels better than a birthday gift or even a Christmas gift. If you have been purchasing fabrics, there are chances you have already made enough mistakes and made even more when you shifted to another designer. There are some tips you need to have before you get on to sourcing for fabric from wholesalers.
The first mistake most people tend to make is failing to understand the need for continuity. Depending on how you sell your collection, it would be wise to source sample yardage first before getting back to the vendor with the intention of buying production yardage. You would need to go for a seller who can always ensure continuity just in case your clients identify you with the fabric in question. It would be unfortunate if you frustrated your customers shortly after they identified you with a certain fabric.
It would also be a wrong decision where you went for a given fabric hoping that you will have a use for it in future. It would be a bad idea to buy a fabric you feel that you may need it someday even when you do not have an immediate use for it at the moment. It would be an unfortunate move as you would have tied your cash, take up space in your shop, and also come with mental stress as you would have utilized the space for fabrics that could be selling.
One would also need to be keen to avoid instances where he or she makes assumptions about the dye he or she plans to buy. One would not only need to coordinate the dyes but also to make sure that he or she matches them. It would always be essential to countercheck with the intention of making sure that the dyes perfectly match or at least they do not clash. Where you get the dyes right, you would highly accelerate your sales and hence have to order for more fabrics only after a short period.
You would also need to check fabric rolls for quality. It would be critical to vet the quality especially when it comes to the first bunch. Where possible, you can pay extra for the cutting house to unroll and reroll your yardage to avoid inconveniences that comes with having to return the fabric or even worse have problem doing so. Where possible, you would need to buy from a wholesaler who is keen on what he or she sells. Surprisingly, there are high chances that you will search for 4 months or so without getting a given fabric where you get to the market with a given mentality. It is always good to work with the knowns towards the unknowns as opposed to trying to get specifics that might be hectic to get.
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