As people’s living standards keep improving, people care more about their life quality. House decoration, thus, became a soaring industry. Art and crafts, being part of house decoration, start to flourish as a new industry.
It doesn’t matter if you want to buy some art and crafts at wholesale price for daily use or purchase in bulk for business. This article will help you a lot.
This article will tell you something you need to know about the following points:
1.Where to find suitable Chinese suppliers online
2.How to clarify the manufacturers or trading companies in China
3.Design Infringement Solutions for your art and crafts products
Before you read the article, please, note that we will not disclose our client’s design or product information. All the product photos are from websites.
1. Hot Classification of Art and Crafts
Most of my customers ask me what art and crafts products they should import from China. Generally, I normally give them some practical suggestions based on their actual situation.
If you have e-commerce experience and marketing skills, then you can choose the mainstream art and crafts products that are in high demand in the market. However, if you have just started an e-commerce business, I recommend you choose some new or special items.
I have come up with the table below, which comprises the Gift & Crafts category and it is based on Alibaba’s category classification. Additionally, you can also go to Alibaba best sellers to find some other art and crafts products.
Art and Crafts category
Hot Manufacturing Places
Zhongshan, Dongguan and Shenzhen
Hebei Province and Guangzhou Province
Painting & Calligraphy
Yiwu, Shenzhen, Foshan and other cities in Guangzhou
Zhongshan, Dongguan and Qingdao
Hebei Province and Guangzhou Province and Zhejiang Province
Yiwu, Ningbo and Shenzhen
Antique Imitation Crafts
Zhongshan, Shenzhen and some cities in Hebei Province
2.Where to Find Right Chinese Art and Crafts Suppliers Online
2.1 Sourcing on Alibaba for Your Business
When it comes to finding Chinese suppliers, most of the importers usually think of Alibaba. After all, it’s the biggest B2B website in China. Many people always get confused and dizzy when finding factories on Alibaba. There are too many suppliers on the site. You must be able to identify which ones are art and crafts manufacturers and which ones are trading companies.
When you’re looking for an art and crafts supplier, there are some tips that you should know about. Typically, many factories have the single production line, which forces them to specialize and not produce various products. Therefore, one company cannot produce various types of art and crafts products.
For example, a few factories can produce gifts and crafts. Additionally, they can produce other gifts products. If you find lots of product categories in a shop on Alibaba, it’s usually a trading company.
In fact, some factories, in addition to producing their own products, they also purchase other products from outside and sell them together with their own products. So, you have to ask a few more suppliers to make price comparisons.
In this case, the factory is equivalent to a middleman. As a result, the main products produced by the company may be cheaper, but other products purchased from outside will not be of the best price possible. So, you will have to ask some other factories to do price comparisons.
2.2 Sourcing on Made-In-China.com, Crov and Other sites
Do you want to purchase some art and crafts at wholesale price from China, but not for business? For example, you are preparing some holiday gifts for employees and it needs to purchase dozens of art and crafts products.
In this case, you can go to Made-In-China.com and Crov to find some online stores. They have a small order quantity and the product is as well rich enough.
If you want to import art and crafts from China for business and want to maintain a good sales relationship for a long-term, I wouldn’t recommend you to purchase from Made-In-China.com and Crov.
This is because it is very difficult to guarantee that the quality of the products you purchase every time is the same. Most of them are middlemen, who purchase from different factories or trading companies. They can as well hardly guarantee that the quality of your goods is the same every time.
3.Where Are Art and Crafts Manufacturers in China?
Art and crafts has a wide range of products. Various factories in China are also located in different regions. I will share with you the information on the main manufacturing places in China.
Yiwu: An Ideal Wholesale Market for Art and Crafts
Yiwu is one of the biggest wholesale markets in China. Art and crafts make a big proportion of Yiwu market. Some suppliers locate in the third floor of No.1 District of Yiwu International Trade City.
If you are going to find some cheap but qualified art and crafts, Yiwu is a good choice. You can find all kinds of art and crafts here. And here also gather lots of suppliers all over China. It’s very convenient to source art and crafts here as the wholesale market is just like a huge fair. And if art and crafts are only part of your business, you need to buy many other products in your container, and then Yiwu will be a suitable place.
Jingdezhen: A Capital of Ceramic Art and Crafts
If you are going to find some art and crafts made of ceramics in Chinese style, Jingdezhen is somewhere you cannot miss. This place has a long history of making ceramic art and crafts. You can not only purchase ceramic goods here, but also experience the process of making one in person. Jingdezhen will give you a show of its splendid culture on ceramics and guide you with the charm of ceramic products.
Guangdong Province: The Right Wholesale Market to Go for High-ended Art and Crafts
Guangzhou province is always a province in touch with the latest global trends. Here, you can find art and crafts in latest trends and you will never worry about getting behind. And cities like Dongguan, Shenzhen and Guangzhou, are famous for its high-ended art and crafts. If you are searching for high-ended art and crafts in latest trends, then you can pay a visit here and you won’t regret it.
4.Art and Crafts Exhibitions in China
Some large-scale exhibitions not only have popular mainstream products in various art and crafts categories, but also some innovative and fresh products. If you are concerned about the fashion trends of art and crafts products, you can go to some Chinese exhibitions.
In addition to finding some reliable factories or suppliers, you will also find some new art and crafts products or new ideas. I will share three Chinese art and crafts exhibitions with you.
China Import and Export Fair（Canton Fair）
Time: Every spring and autumn (Phase 2)
The Canton Fair is well known all over the world and it embraces merchant from all countries and regions. You can find all kinds of products here as well as wonderful business opportunities. The art and crafts sector in Canton Fair is in the home decoration exhibition area, which displays in the second phase of the fair. You may find the art and crafts you want here.
Main Art and Crafts categories:
Gifts and Premiums
Traditional Chinese Art Crafts
Jewelry, Bone Carving and Jade Sculptures
Weaving, Rattan and Iron products
Shanghai International Gifts & Home Products Expo
Shanghai is not a strange place for foreign merchants to seek for business opportunities. The Gift Expo focuses art and culture exchanges with the rest of the world. You can experience the latest trend of art and culture, which will lead your way of business.
Main Art and Crafts categories:
Art and Crafts Products
Ceramics, Crystal and Glass Artware, Jewelry, Home Decoration Products
China (Shenzhen) International Gifts, Handicrafts, Watches and Clocks and Household Goods Exhibition
Location: Shenzhen, Guangzhou (Sector 1)
This fair is a fantastic gala for merchants who handle handicrafts and household goods. All exhibitors here will give a show of its products with original designs. If you are to search for art and crafts products, sector one is just there for you.
5. Design Infringement Solutions for Your Art and Crafts Products
After knowing where and what to import, you only need to pay attention to the problems you may encounter when importing art and crafts from China.
Art and crafts products are common and there are no strict regulations on it. If your products pass the Chinese custom, then there will be no other problems. The only problem would be Design Infringement. One thing you need to pay special attention is design infringement. Many factories like to print some figures that don’t get authorized to do so. So if you want to import art and crafts in China, you need to make sure that the products you order get authorization or avoid such troubles.
Here’s The Next Step…
Now, it’s time for you to let out what is in your mind:
Would you like to select the art and crafts category or some other products for starting your business?
Or maybe, you want to learn more about wholesaling art and crafts from China.
Either way, let me know by leaving a comment below right now.