This list is an ongoing project. While I try to keep it accurate and up to date, please see distributors’ websites for exact information. If you know a company that should be on this list you can let me know at Shanley@TheCraftyBeaver.ca
When you’re running your own vinyl business, getting sheets of vinyl for $2.25 each at Micheals racks up fast! Buying in bulk is one of the main tenents to save money on your grocery bill, so why not for crafting too?
There are only a few vinyl manufacturers in North America, two of the best known being Orafol (maker of Oracal) and Siser. These manufacturers sell only to distributors. Several of these distributors may sell directly to crafters, though typically they sell to craft vinyl retailers, (like Happy Crafter), who we, the vinyl crafters, then purchase from.
It seems easier to find wholesale adhesive vinyl, (as sign makers use larger rolls) than to find larger rolls of heat transfer vinyl, but both are available if you know where to look.
Things to consider when buying wholesale vinyl
Craft vinyl sheets are usually 12″ x 12″. When buying wholesale they’ll come on a continuous roll, usually in a 15″ or 24″ width, since that’s what the industrial vinyl cutting machines use.
If you’re buying a 24″ roll there may be an extra fee to get it cut into 12″ craft rolls. You can do it yourself if you have the right tools.
The 15″ rolls of adhesive vinyl are typically ‘punched’ which means there’s a row of holes along each edge of the vinyl, for feeding into certain large vinyl cutters. They take up roughly 0.3″ on each side of the roll, so you’re actually getting about 14.4″ of usable width.
Where to buy wholesale vinyl in Canada
Express Sign Products – I’ve personally shopped with these guys and can vouch for the great service. Since they’re a wholesaler they did have a high minimum purchase (I believe it was $175) and they e-mailed me to confirm I’d be buying in bulk before approving my account. They have a wonderful variety of sizes and colours though.
Grimco – They have six locations across Canada listed: Edmonton AB, Calgary AB, Burnaby BC, Toronto ON, Dartmouth NS and Lachine QC.
Ink4U – A sign supply store, with locations in Halifax, Toronto and Montreal. Despite their tacky name and ugly website, they have generally good reviews online. They carry a wide range of Oracal, with a 24″ x 10-yard roll for about $35-40 depending on the colour.
Sign Supply Canada (ON) – They carry Siser, Oracal, MACtac and have up to 30-yard rolls of Siser listed on their website, in 5-yard increments.
Retailers offering larger vinyl rolls
Amazon – carries 10 or 20-foot roll of Oracal 651 and 631 in a limited selection of colours. You can even take advantage of Amazon’s free prime shipping. Good for if you’re in a pinch and need it NOW, but you can get better prices elsewhere.
Happy Crafters (ON) – carries 5-yard rolls and 10-yard roll of Oracal 651 and 631 in black or white, as well as 5-yard rolls of Siser Easyweed
Design Blanks (ON) – carries Siser Easyweed & Easyweed Stretch HTV (15″ width) in 1 or 5-yard lengths.
Script Designs (QC) – carries an amazing range of heat transfer vinyl and adhesive vinyl in 1, 5, 10 or 50-yard lengths, with bulk discounts available. Don’t forget to add their shipping discount code posted on their main page! They also have a storefront in Saint-André-Avellin (about an hour drive East of Ottawa) if you prefer to pick up. Check their local clients page for hours and address.