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Forum topic by BJV1215 posted 12-15-2008 08:15 PM 1021 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-15-2008 08:15 PM

I work for a moulding company that produces carved, plain, and embossed mouldings, as well as numerous other types of wood accessories. We are trying to liquidate some excess inventory and clear up some floor space, and are looking to move thousands of feet of product. There is rope moulding, embossed, cross cut, plain, carved, rope, crown, chair rail and others in species ranging from hard maple, soft maple, cherry, lyptus, red oak and many others. Some patterns have thousands of feet, some only a few sticks. Some of it originally sold to large companies for over $10/ft (!!) and some for just pennies. It’s mostly out of customer specifications, overstock, not long enough for an order, slight defects, paint grade (didn’t meet our color specs during production) or an assortment of other odds and ends.

Here is my question for you guys: Where do you look to find mouldings in small quantities? Ebay, Craigslist, classified ads? We are located in Grand Rapids, MI. Would it be best to list in large quantities, to sell as lots, or in smaller quantities for smaller projects? Is a site like LumberJocks a good place to post sales, or just to get advice?

Please leave comments and I will try to answer questions. Thanks for the help! —Brian

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Scott Bryan

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#1 posted 12-15-2008 11:11 PM

Hi Brian,

As far as my needs go I usually make my own moldings or I will turn to Ebay for others such as crown. I can get stain grade 4.5” cherry crown or cove for $1.85 a foot. I can’t make it for that price but I generally need only small quantities whenever I am in the middle of a cabinet build.

As far as selling here LJs is supported through member donations, its store and advertisers fees. As a commercial enterprise I would encourage you to become a sponser and advertise here (see banner at the bottom of this page).

Hope this helps.

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Dan Lyke

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#2 posted 12-16-2008 02:57 AM

I’ll second Scott’s “support LumberJocks” call, but I’ll also note that I regularly read the Craiglist “Materials” category for that wood that I didn’t know I needed ‘til the deal came up.

-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California,

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