Storage is important. No matter how long you have been reselling, have a system in place. A system where another person can simply come in and takeover shipping for you is the best.
It takes time to get a good system in place. I am still tweeking my storage system. I have had several weird looking ideas in the past. Plastic shelves, bags, totes, boxes, and many other improvised whatevers. Every time I switched to something new, I was stoked. Then it happened, too many times, I could not find a single item that sold. I searched through bags and containers and finally found the item (no#) in the wrong container.
A call to the handy man would solve my problem and put an end to the daily human Tetris game I was playing. Not fun-a mini workout, but not fun. My husband put a stop to all this. He didn’t like the idea of the shelves the handyman and I had envisioned. He would find a better answer a few months later. For now, Tetris, anyone?
My current system is the item in a bag with a #, into a categorized tub by letter. I have the item # and contailer letter in the listing. Yes, there are some floaters with no bag or # assigned, my system is far from perfect but it’s working so far.
Then it happened, by accident, shelves. My husband was out running errands and found shelves that work with my tubs. https://www.homedepot.com/p/Husky-90-in-W-x-90-in-H-x-24-in-D-5-Shelf-Welded-Steel-Garage-Storage-Shelving-Unit-with-Wire-Deck-in-Black-ERZ902490W-5/206813267 It would take 2 sets of these monsters to house all my tubs, all 45 (and counting) of them. It was an ordeal to get these guys home a story for another day….. They are large and quite heavy. It took some time to get them set up and in place. The results have made life so much easier.
It took nearly 2 years of doing this reselling thing on the side to get my storage to its current state. These heavy duty shelves work and fit in the space I have set aside for storage. This was definitely an investment. I would not invest in these units unless it is necessary. In my case, this was way overdue and worth every penny. Below are the shelves and tubs I use. Please note-the gray tubs are a tight fit and not my favorite, most times the lids don’t stay on as they are a bit wider at the top, another lesson learned. Another change to be made soon.
Whatever stage you are in the reselling process, having an inventory/storage system that works is a must. There is nothing wrong with changing it up as you go along, upgrading as needed. Any questions or comments, just ask!