find a local carpenter who is unemployed
i'd think this would be part of the way to go. you'd be supporting a local and locals would like that. other stuff, like smokers and junk, you might need to get through a dealer.
our local bee place orders in bulk from places like Mann Lake, marks it up, sells it. seems to work for them. a lot of the big places have discounts for bulk buys and special buys throughout the year.