Wholesale Shopping in Miami

When I first told my mother I wanted a wedding-day coordinator she told me that she didn’t think I needed one. I then proceeded to list all the things we needed a DOC for—helping with decorations, setting up, coordinating with vendors, and handling any sticky situations while we sip champagne in the hotel suite. After that, my mom was totally on board to find one—I’m pretty sure it was the mention of champagne that brought her around. Through my mother’s many connections she found an amazing day-of coordinator named Melody. I am so excited to work with her! When we met, the wedding was about seven months away so it was still early days, but we chatted a bit and she got a feel for what I wanted for the wedding and reception. She asked extremely insightful questions about the venue, and it was clear she knows her stuff. She is organized, professional, and has tons of insight and awesome tips.

What kind of tips? Well, I casually mentioned that I was looking for takeout boxes for the dessert bar but was debating if the $1 takeout boxes at Micheals were too expensive.


Really cute takeout boxes at Michaels

Melody said, “Oh, I know a much cheaper place you can go!” and she gave me an address of a wholesale shop called Chan’s Silk Flowers in Miami. Don’t let the name fool you. They sell a lot more than silk flowers!

My sister and I headed to the wholesale shop a few days later. It is near Miami International Airport, which makes sense because it seems that everything in the store was imported. The store is kind of “shady” looking when you walk in—it is a bit dark and there are cardboard boxes stacked every where.


An idea of what the store is like. Pardon the blurry picture of my sister.

I am no expert on finding cheap deals on wedding goods, but I think we found some amazing deals. As an avid online shopper it was great to find lower priced finds without having to pay for shipping!


Chinese parasols for $5—I found them online for $7.50.


Really pretty butterflies!


A bag of stones for a dollar. I’ve seen some brides use these for their guestbooks.


You can’t tell by the picture, but these had beautiful tablecloths inside for about $10–$18.


Gift boxes—about eight for $5

I ended up buying those takeout boxes I wanted—I got a dozen for $7 ! I also bought a few more things for the wedding such as gift bags and tissue paper decorations. My sister bought a few things for my niece’s upcoming birthday party.

It was so much fun wholesale shopping! Anyone else out there give it a try? Did I get some good deals or were they just so-so?


Mrs. Gondola

Wedding Date:
October and November 2013
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    lealorali 4393 posts, Honey bee @ 3:02 pm

    OMGGGGGGGGGG I wish we had one of those stores up here in the sticks of NY!! So cool!!!

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    blastkiss 229 posts, Helper bee @ 3:39 pm

    I’m seriously envious of the awesome craft stores you have in the US. Our craft stores are just horrible, and seriously very overpriced!
    We do have many of those bargain stores and they always look a bit dodgy but they are actually awesome inside. You can find some really cute things in them.

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    Mrs. Gondola 970 posts, Busy bee @ 4:03 am

    @lealorali: It is pretty nice. Who knows, there might be one in the sticks!
    @blastkiss: The craft stores in Japan arent that great either. Im so glad I was able to go to the states!

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    cakeyp 2562 posts, Sugar bee @ 5:30 am

    There’s a wholesale place like this by me, called G&G something? It’s in Northern NJ.
    The catch? You have to be a business owner to get a membership, and you need a membership (like $10/yr) to buy products.
    A friend was able to get one with her side-job makeup business info, so it’s probably more attainable than I think.
    Anyway we went there once just to browse and it is AMAZING!
    Nice score on those takeout boxes!

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    Mrs. Rucksack 494 posts, Helper bee @ 5:44 am

    I want to go to there.

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    Mrs. Waterfall 1300 posts, Bumble bee @ 11:17 am

    I love a bargain too, girl. I bought the silk flowers for our centerpieces from a wholesale place and got a great deal too.

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    Mrs. Road Trip 741 posts, Busy bee @ 11:38 am

    LOVE getting a great deal. Sounds like you did really well on your shopping trip!

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    Mrs. Airplane 386 posts, Helper bee @ 12:12 pm

    Great find! I have been looking for boxes for our dessert bar as well. Mind me asking what size (in ounces, preferably) you ended up getting? I haven’t been able to narrow this down as I have only found what I’m looking for online.

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    blonde17jess 1290 posts, Bumble bee @ 12:27 pm

    That is such a great find! Yay for a wedding coordinator who knows her stuff! :)

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    Mrs. Gondola 970 posts, Busy bee @ 11:00 pm

    @Miss Airplane:
    Sorry Miss Airplane. I don’t know the size, but they are the same shape of Chinese food take outboxes.

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