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Hi! I read your post about starting an imported furniture business. I am now here in Dongguan, Guangdong,
China. By the way, my name is Lance Manatad. I am from the Philippines and I am now making
various kinds of designs like, all kinds of furniture, cars or
vehicles and indoor or outdoor landscapes. To view some of these
you may visit me at http://moneylance.weebly.com . My e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org. Maybe we can be partners in doing this business as one of the most important factor of having furniture business is the designer aside from financer. We can do our transaction and designing furniture through internet if
you want. I can also easily hire a sample maker and a color technician, qc & qa for our created new furniture designs. You may also recommend or introduce me to some of your
friends if you like my works and of course the reward from us awaits!
Actually, I just started establishing my designing studio named
MONEYLANCECollections but I've been in Furniture designing since 1989. So please do visit me at http://moneylance.weebly.com and send me an e-mail about your ideas regarding my proposed partnership. Thanks and see you soon!
Lance, thanks for your reply.
My contact/supplier has design and manufacturing already in place and what I would like to do is bring those furniture pieces here in the US. I'd like to get some suggestions in terms of the best way to sell and distribute the furniture in the US market e.g., sell online? offer the goods to furniture stores like Crate & Barrel, West Elm, etc? And how do I get started? As someone new to this, would love to get some Do's & Don'ts in the furniture business.
If you want to sell to major retailers that would be much tougher, you will need a very good sales rep to help you on that.
How are you?Do you have a business?
What state are you in and do you have a location?
How much money is needed for your project?
What is your current credit scare as of today?
I am in the process of establishing this import furniture business in New Jersey. The goods, i.e., furniture pieces, are great and I want to develop the best selling/distribution strategy for a successful entry in the US market. I would love to get inputs and guidance from those in the furniture or furniture-related business.
I am not an import/export expert but I usually find the information I need from trusted sources. These are the sources I usually use for gathering information. These trade organizations know and understand your business - they have been there and done that and will provide you all the information you need. I have no affiliation with any of them.
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Hello High Ridge,
I own a retail store that sells imported home furniture from India, Morocco, Indonesia, China, South America, Mexico just to name a few. I am already dealing with my manufacturers abroad and in some cases vendors here in the U.S. In your post it looks like you are interested in selling to the trade at wholesale pricing? Don't know where you're located but great sources are to go to the Furniture and Accessories Trade shows like High Point in N.C, Las Vegas World Market (city where I'm at) and many other big venues. Go and talk to the various vendors specifically related to the type of furniture you intend to import from abroad. Are you set up already to ship product via containers,etc? There's lots of work to be done there too like developing relationships with customs brokers, ocean freight expenses, etc., Who is your target market? Is the furniture low, mid, high end? How often will you be receiving containers and where are you housing them? Please elaborate. HTH