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5 Ways to Save Money on Craft Supplies by William T Lasley,

1. Shop Around
Always comparison-shop for supplies. Prices can vary greatly from vendor to vendor. Once you find a low-cost supplier,
don't stop there! Over time, prices do change. It's a good idea to keep an eye out for another distributor.

2. Buy at Wholesale Cost
Many suppliers offer discounts to qualified buyers. Qualifications differ, but usually a Retail Tax ID number will suffice. Call
your local courthouse to find out whom to contact to obtain a retail tax permit in your area. (If you are selling crafts, you
should already have one.) Once you have your tax identification, ask individual suppliers if they offer wholesale discounts
and how to qualify.

3. Buy in Quantity
Often, buying supplies in bulk can save money. When comparison-shopping for materials, ask each vendor if quantity
discounts apply and if so, what the percentages off will be.

4. Use Recycled Materials
Be creative with your raw materials! You may be able to save quite a bit by using recycled wood, textiles, plastic, metal
and anything else you may use. Of course all of your supplies cannot be obtained through recycled materials, but you
might be surprised at where you can cut costs if you give it some thought.

5. Shop at Discount Stores
Many large chains offer comparable prices on certain craft supplies. If you intend to resell the finished product that you
make and have a Tax ID number, you can avoid paying sales tax. Ask the store manager for details on tax exemption
status.
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