If you have ever had to buy art supplies, then you already know that there is money to be made if you want to dropship art and craft supplies.
I remember taking an art class in college and the professor giving us a list of the art supplies we would need to buy for the class.
I also remember feeling surprised as to how much I had to spend total for my supplies. This was for one class. Imagine how often artists, hobbyists, and crafters spend per month on art supplies?
In this post, I will explain how to source art and craft supplies for your store in the most cost-efficient way.
I’ll also explain how to open your dropshipping store using quality eCommerce software without recurring monthly software fees.
Why Dropshipping is an Ideal Online Business Model
The dropshipping model has made it easy for anyone to open their own eCommerce store without having to spend a ton on start-up expenses.
A typical eCommerce business would require you to buy all of the inventory for your store upfront.
If you had to buy a wide variety of art and craft supplies before opening your store, it could cost you hundreds, if not thousands of dollars.
Many people do not open their own online stores simply due to not having the funds to get started.
Dropshipping eliminates those start-up costs.
The Advantages of Dropshipping
You do not have to buy any inventory upfront as a dropshipper. You locate dropshipping suppliers that carry the items that you want to sell.
You can then sell the same items they carry by posting the images and descriptions in your own store.
They store the products and ship them to your customers for you. You only pay for an item when a customer orders from your store.
When you receive an order, you buy the item from your dropshipping supplier. During the checkout process, you input your customer’s shipping information.
The dropshipping supplier then ships the item directly to your customer for you. Your profit is the difference in price between what you charged for the item and what the dropshipping supplier charged you.
Choose a Sub-Niche or Choose Them All
The great thing about the art niche is that you can own a general store or you can focus in on a sub-niche. For example, you could sell art supplies that focus on painters, sculptors, sketch artists, crafters, and more.
If you want to sell to all types of artists, all that you would need to do is create categories for each sub-niche.
Choosing a sub-niche works well for many dropshippers. It typically means less competition. The doodling niche is a sub-niche that is extremely popular.
AmandaRachLee, a YouTuber who doodles and teaches people how to set-up bullet journals has over 1.4 million subscribers.
You could open a store that caters to doodlers selling items such as Micron pens, markers, pens, pencils, bullet journals, and more.
I mention doodling because I actually got into it myself. I buy Micron pens, markers, and sketchbooks all the time. It has developed into a fun and healthy hobby!
Types of Art and Craft Supplies You Can Sell
- micron pens
- brush pens
- watercolor paint
- palette knives
- colored pencils
- glue guns
The Hassle-Free Way To Source Your Art Supplies
I opened my own dropshipping store awhile ago and my niche is the avocado lovers niche.
Yes, I opened a store that sells avocado items such as pillows, stuffed avocado toys, blankets, towels, enamel pins, t-shirts, you name it!
It is difficult to search for dropshipping suppliers that carry products in this niche. Doing a search for suppliers is time-consuming and challenging.
You have to be sure that when you do find a supplier, you ask them or read their website to find answers to these types of questions:
- Do they offer wholesale pricing?
- Are there any requirements to get started?
- Do they charge monthly fees or per-item dropshipping fees?
- Do they offer worldwide shipping?
- Are there any limits on the number of items you can sell?
- Are there any limits on your profit margins?
- Do they offer shipping tracking?
Every dropshipping supplier is different so it is important to understand what they require before establishing a relationship.
Why Source Products From AliExpress
To make it easier on myself, I chose to source products for my store from AliExpress. Many dropshipping store owners source their inventory from AliExpress.
It is a hassle-free way to begin selling products quickly. If you don’t know anything about AliExpress, it is a large online retailer that is part of the AliBaba group.
They are made up of merchants primarily based in China and other locations around the globe to include the United States, Spain, and others.
There are no registration fees, requirements, or monthly fees to begin selling any of the millions of products that they carry.
Other benefits of sourcing from AliExpress include:
- Over 100 million products
- No limits on the number of items you can sell
- No limits on profit margins
- No monthly fees or per-item dropshipping fees
- Ships worldwide
- Some suppliers ship from the U.S.
- ePacket shipping (faster shipping from China to the U.S.)
- Online shipping tracking
- Buyer protection system with full money-back guarantee
How To Dropship Art and Craft Supplies With Your Own Store
I hope that you are excited about the potential when you dropship art and craft supplies. That being said, I’ll explain how I opened my dropshipping store and how you can do the same.
When I started out, I initially opened a test store using Shopify and the Oberlo app. After using the free trial, I realized that I still wanted a WordPress option for running a dropshipping business.
I wanted a WordPress solution for two reasons:
- I wanted to save on monthly software fees
- I wanted to retain complete ownership of my store
Fortunately, I was lucky enough to find the AliDropship Plugin. AliDropship is a WordPress dropshipping plugin that turns a WordPress website into a full-featured AliExpress dropshipping business.
Since WordPress is free to use and the AliDropship plugin is a one-time fee, I have no recurring monthly software fees to worry about.
Compared to using Shopify and Oberlo, I am saving around $720 per year!
Build Your Store Yourself Or Order a Custom Dropshipping Store?
If you are accustomed to using WordPress and installing WordPress plugins, you will find it easy to install AliDropship and build your store using the software.
The plugin has a TON of features. I built my store myself and it is extremely easy to do. All of the customization features are in the WordPress admin area.
You can import an unlimited number of items. It has on-the-fly image editing. It will automate order fulfillment, pricing and inventory updates, and order tracking.
The most time-consuming process of doing it yourself is the product importing.
If you prefer to save time or want to leave the buildout of your store to professionals, you can order a custom dropshipping store from AliDropship.
Benefits of a Custom Built Dropshipping Store
The nice thing about ordering a custom-built store is that you do not have to worry about customizing your store, importing products, or handling any of the other settings such as payment gateway setup.
No matter which package that you choose, you will be assigned your own personal manager who will handle all of the details of your store’s buildout.
When you order a custom store package, your personal manager acts as your project manager. They will be your go-to person for any questions, suggestions, or concerns you may have.
They will provide you with a questionnaire to find out about the type of store you want to be built as well as other important details.
If you do not have a niche in mind, they will also perform niche market research for you.
Between 10 and 23 business days (depending on the package you choose), you will have your own custom-built store ready for sales.
My Closing Thoughts On How To Dropship Art and Craft Supplies
Are you ready to dropship art and craft supplies after reading a bit about how to get started? I hope so!
It is a great niche to be in as art and craft supplies are items that must be replenished on a regular basis.
The dropshipping model makes it easy to get up and running with your own eCommerce business.
It will require your hard work and consistent marketing efforts to promote your business. However, it is much easier when using reliable dropshipping software.