Thrifting should come with a warning. Perhaps people selling at yard sales should place these warning signs on their lawn that reads "if you thrift here you may suffer from a side effect of accumulation." It's hard not to accumulate when you are out there thrifting a few times a week. I can easily pop into Walmart and not buy anything but it's a different story when I'm thrifting at garage sales and estate sales.
A reader left a comment for me a few weeks ago asking me where I store everything and do I need a lot of room to be a ReSeller. I think this answer could be different for each person. I personally adore things. Lots of thing. I do like order and organization too but that doesn't mean that I always achieve it when it comes to my inventory. My office tends to be the last place in our house to be cleaned even though I feel that I'm constantly working on it. It's an unending but always interesting task.
The photos that I will post today may be upsetting to those who crave neatness.
I luckily have an office in our rental home. It's actually the informal dining room but it temporarily does the trick of housing my desk, inventory and a little studio for crafting. The above photot is what my incoming inventory looks like. Friday through Sunday, I leave boxes and bags in a somewhat neat pile along one side wall in my office. During the week I'll research items and either price them for our yard sale if they don't have any online value or I'll put them in an area to go to eBay or on my book table.
This is an example of a box of items that are heading to eBay. They are all worth enough money for me to take the time to photograph them, list them, pack them and send to a potential buyer.
Yesterday I moved some of my banker boxes of books out of my office (where they were blocking cabinets and craft supplies) and into the hallway. Books are pretty easy to list. Some will go back in these boxes and stored in Dave's office where I keep my current book inventory.
This is my sad little "to go on Etsy" box plus some overflow of eBay on the Etsy bin and behind the Etsy bin. I haven't touched my Etsy store since June. When the children are back in school the balance of ReSelling should once again be restored.
Our rental is a late 1950's ranch house with so much storage that it makes my head happily swoon. This is an extra closet at the end of a long hall way. I have no idea why it's there but it's there and I use it for inventory. I keep my listed eBay and Etsy inventory here, winter to-be-listed inventory, Christmas to-be-listed inventory and item lots that I am collecting. (Amy see your quilt?)
Under my books-to-be-listed table, I have a couple boxes of vintage children's books. These take more time to research and describe so they are a lower priority right now. I'm all about turning inventory over quickly for fast money. Funny enough my ReSelling really started with selling vintage children's books. My first one sold for $30 and I remember feeling so shocked.
To be honest, this isn't even everything. Despite it being a lot of stuff most of it is organized. My biggest problem in the summer is having too much to list and not enough time to do it all. I don't want to work all day with the children here so I pick moments of easy work when they are in their rooms and occupied.
I luckily have a lot of room to store items in our current rental. Our next house may be much smaller. As long as I have been ReSelling I've had the challenge of too much accumulation. For me personally, it just is a side effect of this job. Of course the option of having a yard sale is always on the table.
What do you think the ideal storage solution is? A room lined with shelves with bins and a table in the center of the room for sorting, cleaning and research? A warehouse like Mike and Frank have? Where do you store everything? Any tips to share with ATG readers?
My dream situation is an over-sized garage/small warehouse that includes a separate office and a separate studio. The warehouse will be have an entire wall of large shelves for storing boxes and bins. Another wall will have bookshelves to store items and books. Another wall will feature more shelves but these will hold vintage wire baskets where all new inventory will go. I'd love to sort it by category such as jewelry, shoes, ephemera, books, mid century modern etc. I think I'd like three large tables in the center of the room with industrial stools dotted around them for workshops. I'd like the last free wall for a photo tent and a couple small tables used for photographing items. To me this is an ideal business space for a ReSeller. Now I just need to make it a reality.