Where To Get Stock? Think Out Of The Box…
“Hi, I want to start a pushcart business to sell fashion accessories, etc but don’t know where to find a good source of supply in Singapore. Can you give some advice?” – Jasmine
I’ll be upfront and say that there’s no reliable source of supply for cheap fashion accessories in Singapore. Most of the stock you find here are sourced from overseas – like Bangkok and China, for example – so you’ll probably have better luck there. Of course, this is the quick and dirty method.
You can try rounding up some people who do it as a hobby, but quality is unlikely to be consistent and supply can be unreliable.
So why not think out of the box? There are many non-profit organizations and charities that look after the disadvantaged such as the aged, homeless or the disabled. They are always keen to look out for work for their beneficiaries, and craft work like making fashion accessories can be something they’d be keen to do. Try the Society for the Physically Disabled – the list of services they provide is here. They don’t make fashion accessories yet, but why not pitch it to them?
Daniel Goh is the founder and chief editor of Young | Upstarts, as well as an F&B entrepreneur. Daniel has a background in public relations, and is interested in issues in entrepreneurship, small business, marketing, public relations and the online space. He can be reached at daniel [at] youngupstarts [dot] com.