Check Out Wholesale Merchandise Marts to Find eBay Items to Sell
If you have a state resale license to buy wholesale, and you live in a major metropolitan area, then a great way to find potential eBay merchandise is through a nearby merchandise or fashion mart. These are giant complexes that hold as many as several thousand lines of merchandise in one area.
Merchandise marts are hubs for wholesale buyers, distributors, manufacturers, and independent sales representatives. They have showrooms on the property for manufacturers or their representatives to display their current merchandise. Under one roof, you may find both fashion and gift merchandise for your eBay business.
The following table shows a representative sprinkling of the many marts across the country. This is not a comprehensive list, just one to get your mind moving. You can contact the individual marts for tenant lists and more information. If you’re a legitimate business, the marts will be more than happy to teach you the ropes and get you started.
|Americas Mart||Atlanta, GA||Apparel, jewelry, shoes, fashion accessories, gifts, home furnishings|
|California Market Center||Los Angeles, CA||Apparel, accessories, textiles, toys, gifts, furniture and décor, garden accessories, stationery, personal-care products|
|The Merchandise Mart||Chicago, IL||Apparel, office, home, decorative accessories, textiles, gifts|
|The Chicago Market||Chicago, IL||Apparel, home furnishings, antiques, gifts, bridal|
|Columbus Marketplace||Columbus, OH||Gifts, garden, home furnishings, décor|
|Dallas Market Center||Dallas, TX||Apparel, gift products, decorative accessories, home furnishings, lighting, garden accessories, floral, and gourmet|
|Denver Merchandise Mart||Denver, CO||Apparel, gifts, souvenirs, gourmet, collectibles, home décor|
|International Home Furnishings||High Point, NC||Home furnishings and décor of all types|
|Kansas City Gift Mart||Kansas City, MO||Gifts, gourmet, design, home décor|
|The L.A. Mart||Los Angeles, CA||Gifts, home décor, furnishings|
|Miami Merchandise Mart||Miami, FL||Apparel, gifts, accessories, home décor|
|Minneapolis Gift Mart||Minneapolis, MN||Gifts, home décor, accessories|
|New York Merchandise Mart||New York, NY||Gifts, home décor, accessories|
|7W||New York, NY||Gifts, home décor, accessories, stationery|
|San Francisco Gift Center||San Francisco, CA||Apparel, jewelry, home furnishings, gifts, jewelry, stationery|
|The New Mart||Los Angeles, CA||Contemporary clothing and accessories|
The California Market Center even has a special program for new buyers, offering tons of useful information to help newbies get going.
When you go to each mart’s Web site, you’ll find hundreds of links to wholesale sources. Many marts also send you a directory of the manufacturers represented in the mart.