However, I for one would be very unhappy with the minimum order idea. There are too many times when I needed one or two small things, and was happy to be able to call and get them promptly. I dislike having to pore through a catalogue to find something I don't need at the moment in order to get something I do need. <<
I’m sure my situation is not like everyone on this list so it’s
definitely a “your mileage might vary” kind of thing but I do about
50% of my purchasing with local suppliers. True they don’t stock
everything I need and I use the supply houses for quantity discounts
and odd items. Developing relationships with your local suppliers
can be beneficial in many ways.
Some of the benefits I enjoy aRe:
Referrals for custom work Consignment selling of my work Free advice from a very experienced artisan Trading in bench scraps for fabricated silver Deals on used tools News on upcoming shows Deep discount on silver that was special ordered but not picked up No minimum order No sales tax on resale items Professional discounts that compete with the supply houses Being able to touch and feel what one is buying
Also, I like keeping the money local and helping feed my local
economy. Maybe it’s a small town perception but I do like to do
business that way.
Silversmith and Lapidary Artisan
Colorado Springs, Colorado