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Forum topic by RichardinSeattle posted 02-02-2010 10:25 PM 1922 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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RichardinSeattle

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02-02-2010 10:25 PM

Topic tags/keywords: knife block bamboo skewers

Hi All -

My dad and I thought I’d tackle this fun knife block that we saw online:
http://lifehacker.com/5441608/build-a-diy-schaschlik-knife-block-on-the-cheap

It’s basically a homemade version of one sold at Bed Bath and Beyond that uses plastic skewers. So my question is: does anyone have any idea how we can go about getting 10 inch or larger bamboo skewers wholesale? I’m sure we’ll find some eventually at a local 99 cent store, but even with this we’ll need like 20 bags of 100 just to make one. If my dad wants to make a bunch, it probably behooves us to find a wholesaler. The problem is that the wholesalers I find online charge so much for shipping that it’s not even remotely worth it.

Anyone have any ideas how to track down LOCAL wholesale distributors for a community (such as Seattle, where we live?). Meaning the people that supply the local 99 cent stores?

thanks for any ideas!

Richard

-- Richard Huffman, www.huffmanwoodworks.com


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#1 posted 02-02-2010 10:47 PM

I just sent you a PM with two sources.

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#2 posted 02-02-2010 10:49 PM

After working in retail for 15+ years go to the local Market/Store & Talk to the Manager, he might help you out by making you a good deal. Or try the local Oriental eateries they probably order by the 1000’s

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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#3 posted 02-02-2010 10:51 PM

You keeping it a secret?

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#4 posted 02-02-2010 11:05 PM

One of the sources is www.webstaurantstore.com. They charge $0.79 per 100, if you buy 30 packs of 100 or more. I work for a large international food manufacturer and we import these as well (by the tens of millions each month). At $.0079 ea., they aren’t making much. They aren’t even doubling their cost, which for retail is a very low margin. They are barely making 25%. The shipping is very reasonable also.

-- NorthWoodsMan

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RichardinSeattle

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#5 posted 02-02-2010 11:55 PM

These are awesome suggestions; honestly that online store link is and EXCELLENT resource….

Thanks again all!

Richard In Seattle

-- Richard Huffman, www.huffmanwoodworks.com

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