Chic Baby Gifts: How to Order Wholesale Boutique Baby Clothes

So much planning and preparation goes into opening a store or website to retail chic baby gifts. What steps need to be taken to complete the actual ordering process? Here are some industry tips to aid you in ordering wholesale boutique baby clothes.

Website Registry

Manufacturers will not publish product pricing on their websites. Costs are intended for retailers’ eyes-only. The reason for this boils down to dollars and cents. A profit margin must be possible between manufacturer and retailer as well as between you and the end consumer, enabling everyone to stay in business! Website registry is the simplest way to gather information about products.

Just submit your email address, or send a message to the company’s sales department through their website to initiate the process. A faxed copy of your business license and federal tax identification number will be required to verify you are indeed a retailer. If you are interested in carrying the products in your store after receiving a mailed catalog or viewing a virtual one, you will either be assigned an in-house company sales representative, or an independent rep group to complete your order.

Rep Groups

Independent representation groups act as a middle person for a number of companies within the same industry. In this case, chic baby gifts fall under two trade umbrellas: gift and baby. Efficient rep groups will be educated and fully capable of assisting you with your registration and purchase. Staying in contact with the manufacturer is their job, so they will continue to follow up and benefit you long after your first transaction, often just to see how well you are doing.

Sales and marketing tips are at your disposal, especially if you start out a little rocky. A rep group in your area will be assigned to you. They will travel to your store to speak with you in person, or they may have a group showroom nearby that you can visit. Viewing any showroom in your industry opens up the possibility of finding other merchandise from which you can profit.

Trade Shows

Attending trade shows is an excellent way to get a full scope of what is hot in your industry. Trade shows can last anywhere from one to four days, occurring year round all over the globe. Companies register and purchase booth space to exhibit, and you pay a small admission fee to shop. The outcome is face-to-face consultations with the people who know the product inside and out. After all, it is their company!

Manufacturers also regularly offer show specials and discounts to attendees during exhibition days. Trade shows are also a notable way to network with other retailers in your industry. Meeting people and exchanging contact information is not only enjoyable; you also gain knowledge about other retailers’ wholesale boutique baby clothes inventory with a similar customer base.

Driving Across the United States is Surprisingly Fun and Educational

Formerly being a airline travel enthusiast, I never considered driving across the United States until an unfortunate incident forced my ex-fiance and I to change our travel plans. We had flown out to Las Vegas, to attend a business convention late one night. The next morning, I turned on the television, only to find that planes had flown into the World Trade Centers in New York. It was 9/11, which devastated us and everyone around us. At Caesar’s Palace, all the tvs were tuned to the tragedy, instead of the usual horse racing or other sporting events. You could hear a pin drop as everyone watched the tragedy unfold, live. The convention closed early due to the horrible tragedy. We were given t-shirts as we left the convention center, in memory to the people who perished in New York and Pennsylvania. Fortunately for us, my ex had already rented a van to get around with, as rental cars sold out quickly when all the planes were grounded. In Las Vegas, the airport is right in the city limits, very close to the Strip. With the planes all down, all we saw was an occaisional military jet fighter circling the city now and then. It was eerie and a reminder of the possible danger to the area. We left and drove over to Los Angeles.

In Los Angeles, our spirits lifted as we visited the coastline, stopping at lovely places like Balboa Island for lunch, Laguna Beach (full of interesting boutiques and restaurants) and Dana Point, where we stayed in a beautiful oceanfront hotel. Later, we went over to Burbank, and attended the second taping of the Tonight Show, with Jay Leno. The experience was surreal, nobody felt like comedy, so the show was subdued. Jay wheeled out a motorcycle that he was going to auction off for charity, and Arnold Schwartzenegger, Tom Cruise and others came to sign it. Being in the studio was fascinating, the temperature in the large room was cold, to keep the many hot stage lights from bursting, one of the producers told us. We had front row seats, because we got in line very early. If you go, make sure to go much earlier than told to, because it takes a lot of time to park, and the line to get in is very long.

After leaving downtown L.A. we drove around Beverly Hills and Hollywood. I liked Beverly Hills, seeing the beautiful homes was my favorite. Signs were posted everywhere saying that forest fires can happen and gave a daily rating to how much of a chance there was of having one. Interesting. Some movie stars’ homes were on regular streets like yours and mine. Others were high up in the mountains, shielded by gates, high walls and ominous “keep out” signs. I don’t blame them, with all the crazy people in the world. All the posh shops were nice, but a shopping spree there was out of the question unless we won the lottery and were rich like the Hilton family – one piece of clothing could be the cost of a new car or even, house in downtown Beverly Hills. Wow. We drove all over, taking pictures, stopping at fast food places like In and Out Hamburgers and Krispy Kreme Donuts. We also stopped in lovely ethnic restaurants to eat Mexican, Thai and Indian food. The Mexican restaurants were my favorites, most were authentic and gave large portions.

We drove through the desert, going back east, saw Hoover Dam, which was immense. Because of the tragedy going on in New York, everyone there was on edge, so we weren’t allowed to stop on the bridge, just drive past it and park elsewhere. It was very scenic to see the dam, built long ago, with Art Deco influence on the well-built bridge and buildings. It was incredibly hot but the heat was dry, not humid. We drank gallons of soft drinks and bottled water to keep from being dehydrated. The vistas of tall mountains and large amounts of water being pumped by this powerful dam were really fascinating for this midwestern girl.

Our next state to visit was Utah, land of amazing rock formations and mountains. We only saw the southern part but what we saw was breathtaking. Bright red rocks jutting out of the ground, tall mountains and an endless night sky full of stars. We parked on the side of the road and watched the sky for an hour, deep in the desolate parts of the mountains. Without city lights (or any other civilization, for that matter) we could see everything, including the Milky Way. It was both beautiful and surreal at the same time. Utah is loaded with natural wonders and incredibly scenic.

Next, we drove to Colorado. It was so scenic driving up and down the mountain roads of this colorful, beautiful state. The whole state is a photographer’s dream, especially with all the colors of the fall.The aspen trees were turning yellow, since it was now autumn, and the huge mountains all around us took my breath away. It felt and looked like the Old West to me. We stopped at an old mining town, even got to eat buffalo burgers (made of yes, real buffalo meat, which was good). If we’d had more time I would’ve spent a week there, but my ex had to get back to his job so time was limited.

Just east of Denver, everything got amazingly flat. Prairies are desolate and finding signs of life off the highway were few and far between. When we saw a gas station, we’d stop at it, because who knew how long it would be until the next one came along. People there were very friendly. We stayed overnight in a lovely old-fashioned hotel, and ate at the family restaurant next door. True Americana at its best.

We started seeing hills again in parts of Iowa, which we weren’t in for long. Next came Illinois, where we stopped in Chicago. Having been there many times in my past, we stopped at places I liked, like WaterTower Place, the theater and the art museum downtown. There is a lot to do and see in this impressive city, just do it during the summer, because the winters there are cold and brutal. Chicago is a big city, with a long skyline as you drive past it. Much bigger than my hometown of Cleveland.

Late at night, we arrived at my home, in the outer suburbs of Cleveland. The trip was a success, even if it was marred by tragedy, we made the most of the situation. It took us a week to get home, and someday I plan to do it again, but this time with more time on my hands. If you want to see what America is really like, rent a car (try not to use your own, due to the major wear and tear this kind of travel does to a car) and plan places to see before you go. We did this trip without planning and it was still a success. We’d driven through lovely state parks, past amazing scenery and met wonderful people. Next time I do this, I’ll go get a triptych at the auto club and plan it to see more of the off-the-beaten-path places like the Grand Canyon, Yosemite National Park and Napa Valley. Driving is a really great way to see the details of our great country up close and personal, so make sure to give it a try.

A Visit to London, The Global City

London, capital city of England, leading global city with it’s history going back to the Romans who founded it and named it Londinium. London is a leading global city and rich in the arts, commerce, fashion, education and finance. Heathrow, London’s main airport, brings more international visitors to the city making London the most visited city in the world. You may be one of the many millions of tourists coming to this metropolis for shopping or to visit the theatre.

See the sights.

Jump on one of the unique to London red double decker buses and go on one of the many tours available and see all of the hundreds of sights to be seen. The original sightseeing tours have 3 main sightseeing routes with over 80 stops. Choose whether to buy a 24 hour ticket and combine your day by foot, boat and on the top deck of the famous red double deckers. The view from up there is incomparable with loads of photo opportunities.

Take pics of Buckingham Palace, the Tower of London, the Palace of Westminster and the Abbey,and Tower Bridge.

Less historical sights include the London Eye, the Gherkin, Trafalgar Square with Nelson’s Column and beautiful fountains,

Picadilly square always in a hurry and surrounded with shopping malls and boutiques.

Some tours include free cruise passes for a trip on the river Thames.

The sights are seen from a different perspective. Most of the boats are wheelchair friendly and all-weather boats provide open or covered deck areas.

The commentary on most trips have a wide choice of languages so cater for almost everyone.

Visit Madame Taussauds and the scary London dungeon, wander around the Kew gardens or visit some of the many Museums and Art galleries.

London Hotels are many and varied.

One can be found to suit every ones pocket.

Categories include:

Bed and Breakfast Budget accommodation usually self rated 1 or 2 star.

Budget Hotels Low rates 2 or 3 star B&B type hotels

Cheap Hotels Better than budget 3 star hotels

Discount Hotels Unbeatable prices in some of the top London hotels

Central London Hotels As it says in the central of London

Family Hotels Caters for families ( not all London hotels do) with family rooms

Business Hotels Ideally furnished with all business needs, internet, meeting rooms and presentation materials

Luxury Hotels 4 or 5 star first class exceptional facilities, conference services, unique dining with a range of en-suit rooms and suites.

Boutique Hotels 4 or 5 star offer modern facilities.

Business Hotels Ideally furnished with all business needs, internet, meeting rooms and presentation materials

Luxury Hotels 4 or 5 star first class exceptional facilities, conference services, unique dining with a range of en-suit rooms and suites.

Boutique Hotels 4 or 5 star offer modern facilities.

A few suggestions:

It has to be the best, The Ritz London, the benchmark for other luxury hotels.

Closest to the Palace, The Rubens at the Palace, overlooking the Royal Mews

Close to the theatres, The Cheshire Hotel, central for the shopping

Close to the parks, The Windsor House hotel, B&B secure garden for the kids

Close to Victoria, Hotel 41, 21st century business technology with club like feel

Close to a coffee shop, Hostel 639, mixed, male or female dorms, clean and cheap.

One of the main reason to come to London is shopping.

There are over 30,000 shops to browse around in London, from boutiques to music, books and antiques, fabulous fashion to wacky looks, sporting or toys and hobbies, huge department stores and shopping malls or the cheap and cheerful bazaars.

They are all there to be found.

* Oxford Street
* Carnaby Street
* Regent Street
* Portobello road
* Notting Hill
* Kings Road
* Chelsea
* Covent Garden
* Soho
* Chinatown
* Islington
* Camden
* Picadilly

After that busy, exhausting day of shopping, time to relax.

A visit to a Westend Theatre is a must when you visit London and the choice for a visit to the Theatre is vast.

There are around 50 Westend Theatres and hundreds of shows or musicals to pick from.

  • We Will Rock You, the Queen musical,
  • The Tempest a bit of Shakespeare,
  • The Lion In Winter,
  • Shrek,
  • The Wizard of Oz,
  • Driving Miss Daisy,
  • Les Miserables,
  • Chicago
  • and the longest running of all The Mousetrap (opened in 1952!!).

Plus many more.

London hosted the Olympic games in 1908 and 1948 and are to hold them for a third time in July and August 2012 followed by the Paralympic games later in August and September.

Tickets are already on sale for these.

Some London Hotels are offering special deals for these sporting events.

Many more excursions and tours, places of interest both historical or entertaining can be found in this huge city and finding them will be part of the adventure of your London trip.