2/8/10

Question For Re-Sellers:



Where do you keep your inventory? How do you keep it all organized?

Down in my studio (I am so loving that word!) things have a way of getting a bit clutter-y. I typically have to move a bunch of stuff to have a space to work at. Some of it is craft supplies...some of it is inventory for the booth or Etsy. Some of it is stuff I haven't decided WHAT I want to do with.

But back to my first question: Where do you store your inventory? HOW do you store it? Seasonally? Alphabeticaly? Please share and help out a fellow re-seller to help her get organized. They don't have a book to help with this!

11 comments:

C. Dianne Zweig said...

Glad I dound you......stuff for my antique shop called Kitsch n Stuff goes either into my garage or in my basement. More goes in the garage in warmer months. I like putting a folding table in the garage when it is warm and pricing my things for my shop with the garage door open . In the frigid months, I work in the basement.

I bought a plastic utility box with compartments and I put all the pricing things int here, (tags, sasafety pins, rubber bands etc). I tote it with me to my shop or use it when I am pricing.

I don't like to bring bags filled with stuff into my home.....they must first get checked in the garage, (Dont want to bring in anything unwanted). Also the bags are sometimes gross.

I finally moved my studio up from the basement and write and paint there. Nothing goes up there that belongs in my shop.

Hope this helps.....my blog is filled with this kind of posts....

I'll put you on my blog roll
Now I have to read more on your blog.....

Come visit, Dianne

Linda said...

I am interested in the answer to this also. I'm in the process of researching and deciding about opening an ETSY shop and need help, info and encouragement.

Sara said...

The room where my Etsy inventory is stored is utter chaos!! I have been trying to think of creative ways to get a handle on it because it has become overwhelming. I tried to keep everything in a large closet but it started overflowing a while ago! I think I just need to add more shelves to the closet and start labeling my storage boxes.

CC said...

I so want to have a booth in a shop this year and I also want to take a section of my small grocery store for my vintage aprons,
linens,tablecloths and hankies. I'm just not quite sure how to begin..

Sue said...

I'm not selling things (yet) but have a huge fabric stash (I'm a quilter). I have a walk in closet that is 5 feet deep. I had the regular shelf and the rod taken out. In their place on both sides went 4 shelves that are 18 inches deep. I am able to store all of my fabric, sorted by color or topic (e.g., Christmas) plus all my extra quilts that are not currently displayed in my house. There was also room for a small chest of drawers in the center. Who needs to hang up clothes, anyway?!

Ninny said...

My sister and I store seasonal items from our booth in her garage. They're in boxes labeled with the holiday or season. New stuff I'm going to put into the booth is tagged, inventoried in a book, and wrapped and boxed waiting delivery. I live in a town different from where my sis and our booth is, so things I buy are stored in boxes on my garage landing until I can load them in the trunk of my car and head over to my sisters. My car is loaded now and I'm going this weekend. We need to dust, rearrange, and spruce it up a bit as the past two months were s-l-o-w! (i.e. I went in the hole!)

Liz

Sonya --Dime Store Thrift said...

It is always so good to see what others are doing, thank you!

Apron Thrift Girl said...

My book inventory is kept in banker boxes from Costco. Each box is marked A-1, A-2 or A-3. In my Excel program I have each title, the price I paid, and the box that I can find it again. When I lived near Seattle I had some very large shelves where each box would sit on. Now they are just on the floor of my husbands office while we are in our rental. I don't have many etsy items so they are just in one plastic tub.

karlascottage.typepad.com said...

I tend to buy things I really like and just display them and enjoy them. Then, when its time to sell them, they come down from display and get replaced by more never ending junk!

one gal's trash said...

Clutter-y?!? My favorite word. The organization piece is always a challenge but I have lots of shelving in the garage and laundry room. I try to sort boxes into themes: Summer, Christmas, Easter, etc. So as I acquire stuff (all year long), it goes into the appropriate box/boxes. Then as that holiday/season begins, the box comes upstairs for washing, repair, pricing etc before it goes to my shop or on Etsy. I only do this about 50% of the time, but it's a work in progress! Good luck!
xox
Pam

Jan (J.T.) Thomason said...

What does "organization" mean??

I just step over my piles, bins, sacks and dogs and have nicknamed my studio "crack house".

I go to entirely too many estate sales........proof is on my blog!

jan