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 Big Brand Wholesale has an awesome back-story that many find inspirational. 

Let’s rewind to 2005 when owner, Tori Thompson began this company.  Here is her story:
I was told I would no longer be able to bartend because I had gained too much weight due to being in my final months of my first pregnancy.  As you can imagine, being fired for being “too fat to work here” when you are about to be a new mother is pretty darn devastating, but life goes on and on August 1st, 2005 I had my first son.
(pictured below: Our Potbelly Pig, Bacon and our son Luke)
In desperation I turned to eBay and Craigslist to sell stuff.  In a short matter of time my merchandise was selling faster than I could obtain it. I began spending 4 days a week driving to stores to scour their Clearance Sections in hopes of finding inventory.  Some days i would find lots of stuff but other days there was little-to-nothing and the expense of gasoline and car maintenance from excessive driving was starting to add up.  The time I was spending "hunting and gathering" (literally, I was hunting and gathering); was taking away from time spent photographing, listing and shipping. I realized this method is not going to work if I really wanted to make money.

This led me to contact big brand companies and try to purchase wholesale direct…. However door-after-door was slammed in my face due to:
-          Not having a warehouse with a loading dock or a fork lift. I was shocked; because I don't have a warehouse I can't buy???
-          Unaffordable "minimum purchase" financial requirements. A 25-year-old-just-fired-new-mother absolutely doesn't have $5,000 to buy Smashbox lipsticks! Jeez! Can't I just buy $50 worth??
-          Giant minimum purchase quantities. Where on earth was I going to put 2,500 suitcases? I'm not an airport! 
-          Insufficient company yearly sales requirements, no Tax I.D and no LLC which made it so I couldn’t even apply to become a buyer! It would have been easier for me to donate plasma, blood, eggs and a kidney all in the same day than to come up with all that paperwork!

The vendors I found that were willing to sell to small businesses (or literally brand new sellers) were nothing but frustrating.  You didn’t get to know WHAT you were buying, it usually wasn't name brand and it was typically a mixture of stuff, which often included totally trashed merchandise that can’t even be salvaged. I even got suckered into buying this because I was a new seller. Wanna hear a funny story (it's only funny because I'm still in business!). Ok so I found a "wholesaler" (notice the air quotes) on eBay who offered bulk panties, makeup and purses. The listing said "You might not get what's in the pics" and of course the photos showed AMAZING, new, gorgeous stuffs, so I thought "even if it's not those exact items, it cant be THAT bad!". So I invest the only money I had saved up, $5,500. I literally blew my life savings on this *spoiler alert* TOTAL TRASH!
So after waiting TWO WEEKS for this Ebay idiot to ship my stuff then waiting another week and a half for shipping from California to me in Michigan, this super sketchy, dirty, busted up, off-white cube van shows up and delivers these 3 massive boxes that were too big to ship regular mail. Each box was covered with black plastic trash bags taped together (you cant make this stuff up!). Now when I say these are massive boxes, I mean HUGE. They were so big they should have been shipped on pallets but some how this Ebay seller got these two dudes in this creepy van to drive them across the United States and unload them in my parents driveway. So I open box #1 and it's more trash bags which are full of my makeup apparently, classy, eh? So I open one and the first thing I pick up is a shattered liquid foundation. Off to a great start (obvious sarcasm in case you missed it). I then pick up a nail polish covered in the foundation then I pick up a Maybelline compact, new in package (hooray!)...expiration date is 1999! It's not even the same CENTURY!!  So I think to myself "The makeup sucks but the panties and purses will be better"....

I then open Box 2 and it's the purses. Immediately I notice something chalky and black on the first one. "Must be dirt or something" I think to myself. I pick up the second one, more black powder stuff. Third is the same. Fourth is wet. Fifth is wet and then dawns on me....this is probably BLACK MOLD! 

Box 3 is the panties. I don't remember the exact piece count but it was a ton. Maybe 3,000 or so. I believe they were only 12 cents a piece or something like that. Anyways, I pull the top trash bags off the box and open the first interior trash bag and the worst smell I have ever smelled in my entire life permeates my nostrils. It's this smell like no other...don't laugh but it smelled like...burnt hair mixed with burnt rubber mixed with....literal mushroom farts... but wait, it gets worse! The panties were thongs straight from China, in China sizing and with tags on them that showed a picture of a little girl and said, in big, bold, English letters, "Kid Thong". OMG is an understatement. Like, I literally think my heart missed at least 2 beats. It was probably how Luke felt when he found out Darth Vader was his dad, but maybe worse because I doubt Darth smelled like this bag of my investment and Luke wasn't out $5,500. 
So I did what any other person would do, I gagged twice, held my breath then ran to my computer to contact to the seller. I'm vigorously typing  "hello. I received my purchase today and I'm a little confused. The makeup is broken and from last century. The purses are wet and covered in black mold and the panties smell like rubber farts. Can you please ask the two dudes in the van to turn around and load this back up?". 
Now let me explain, this is early 2006. Back then eBay was still new and in favor of sellers because ebay wasn't greedy a**holes yet. Back then there wasn't really any major-major-major "rules" online because mainstream eCommerce as a whole was brand-spanking-new and the main concern was people not shipping stuff or shipping counterfeits. Nobody really considered thongs for babys, cosmetics older than your child and moldy crossbody bags. 

After a few days the seller responds and hes like "if you read the listing you will see that I clearly said you might not get the items in the photos.  You got it at a really good price". 

My response "fair enough but you also didn't mention the items will be completely unsellable"

This story goes on and on, so let me spare you the details and fast forward to how this ended....which was me, having to start completely over, from scratch after working so hard to save up money. It was really awful. It was super depressing. It would have been so much easier to give up. Thank God for good friends and cheap wine. #BoonesFarm2006.

Ok, let's get back to the "about us"...
So I spend a while rebuilding to get back to where I was before this horrid incident. 
It was at this time that i realized that I was going to find a way to help all the other “Little Guys” out there. I never wanted anyone to go through the hassle, run-around and utter trauma I endured. 

In 2010 I secured my first warehousing in Michigan and obtained my LLC. It was a really small warehouse space, but it worked!
I had finally met all of the requirements to be able to work directly with large vendors.  I found ways to buy liquidations directly from big box stores and chain stores. My mission was:

- Let eBayers, Amazon Sellers, Flea Market sellers, College students, retirees and whoever else wants a better life to have a source to buy from that doesn’t have unaffordable minimums, doesn’t require business licensing or a loading dock. 

- Let these buyers know EXACTLY what they are buying.

- Find a way to let buyers purchase only the type of merchandise they want.  The “Little Guy” doesn’t want a mixture of random categories; they want niche products and they want to know what the heck they're getting! *pounds fist on table*

- Make sure buyers know the “quality” of items.  If it’s damaged; TELL THEM.  If it has clearance stickers, make them aware, and it it’s absolutely amazing stuff, tell them how great it is.  A buyer should never feel like they were cheated out of their hard earned money. 

- Create a system that allows buyers to communicate with a REAL person quickly and efficiently.

- Package it nice because having something fun show up is always exciting. 

- Ship FAST. Little guys can only afford to buy when they NEED inventory. Nobody buys milk 3 weeks before it expires. You buy it when ya need it! Treat the inventory like dairy! Whoa, that got real weird, real fast. 

- And finally, treat people like people, hence the reason this "about us" isn't some corporate speech with photos of us in suits. Never send form-letters or copy and paste responses. Have an actual person type an actual response. #alwayscare
A second move was made in 2013 but this warehouse was outgrown so fast that is under 2 years we were completely out of space and it was chaotic!
October 2017 we moved to our big warehouse in Wayne, Michigan. We LOVE it.  You can take a virtual tour of our warehouse by watching the video below:
We now have a really awesome customer pickup location that we are actually proud of....oh, and by "we" I mean myself AND the staff! Yep, for many years now there's been warehouse, sorting and customer service reps! We will be at this location for no less than 5 more years and will only move when we are completely out of space...which hopefully is a long time away! 
On July 18, 2019 we changed our company name and website from to  We also got a new, pretty awesome website!
Kurt and I have been married since 2005
We have two wonderful sons who have always been a huge help with the business
Our family absolutely loves to travel and go on adventures! Our goal is to visit 2 new countries and 5 states this year. 
White Water Rafting in Tennessee:
On one of our adventures our son was brave enough to try a trapeze in Florida!
Swimming with Dolphins at Discovery Cover in Florida:
Downtown Detroit
 Hiked to the top of the Sand Dunes - Amazing View!
 Hunting for Pokemon on Pokemon Go - Canadian Border
Kayaking Port St Lucie, FL
Trip to Kentucky
Metro Detroit
Lake Michigan
A day in the everglades!  Was hoping to see an alligator but didn't  :(
And Tennessee Too!
Las Vegas for UFC 
My life-long friends and I enjoy humor which we express through podcasting weekly. I met Zach, Pat and Glen around 20 years ago. 
My buddy Dave and I.  I met Dave in 3rd Grade
I enjoy art and create whenever possible.  The kids love the sandcastles I make in the summer. They always ask me to make dragons or alligators.
Here's a birthday cake I made that looks like a slice of pizza.  The employees at the pizza place were cool and gave me a box and bread stick wrapping to complete the cake display  :)
 I even love cutting art into the kids hair when they let me
 I once spray painted an entire room
Our kids really love parkour and sports. 
They're getting really good at back-flips! 
I grew up in Westland, Michigan, in an average home.  We were not wealthy by any means.  My family worked very hard to try to give us kids the most they could and taught us to work hard for everything we want to hav "The American Dream".  As a youngster I took this seriously and I excelled in Martial Arts and won numerous gold medals in a sport that was dominated by males
For a brief time I got into modeling.  I really hated it, I am not very tall and I wasn't very good so my career was very short
this particular photo was the most memorable because we literally lit my hands on fire.  It was so hot that I could only pose for a few seconds before we had to sink my hands into water
A funny question we are often asked; People who have watch our YouTube videos over the years have asked if I am the same person...YES!  I am indeed the same person, I just have had a LOT of hair colors!  In my opinion, trying new things is part of the fun of life!  Here's a few pics of my colors over the years (and YES, they are all ME!)...
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