Inventory Management: Product Storage and Organization Tips
There’s nothing more frustrating than selling an item online and not being able to find it quickly and easily. How you store your items will depend on what those items are and the space limitations you face. Most of us work from our homes and have to be creative, not only when designing and making the items we sell, but also in how we store those items. I asked Zibbet sellers to share some of their product storage tips. Here’s what they had to say…
“I keep chocolates boxes, dozen egg containers, blueberry pints, etc for small things like rings, earrings, bracelets. Because the containers stack in each other. And I keep all those little containers in plastic storage drawers where they stay dust-free.” ~ Joyananda
“My best tip is to use clear storage containers whether it be zippered bags, shoe boxes or bins. Being able to see what’s in each container can save time. I have different sized ones for gloves, hats and scarves. Baggies are used for pins, barrettes, tape measures and magnets. Visually it’s not as ‘pretty’ in the studio but allows me to get to everything fast when I need it. Second tip, if possible, use your walls to hang things. This area is often overlooked. My clocks line the walls as do the embroidery hoops.” ~ All About the Buttons
“Sterling silver, silver plated, and gold plated items such as earrings, stick pins, anklets, and necklaces, are sealed in anti-tarnish bags, which are then placed in stackable clear plastic draws. The draws can be purchased at Walmart. Some items are carried in a jewelry travel case (custom made by BreitWerk on Zibbet) to keep on person for potential sales. When HannahsGems first started business, inventory was kept in cotton filled jewelry boxes…not a good idea…after a short while the sterling silver and argentium sterling silver tarnished badly. The sterling silver could be easily polished and made to look like new with very little effort; while the argentium sterling silver turned totally black and needed special cleaning. Anti-tarnish strips and silica packets (found in shoe boxes, medicine bottles) can also be used to keep these metals shiny.” ~ Hannah’s Gems
“I use plastic scrap booking paper storage boxes for storing jewelry. Each box contains zip top bags with similar types of handmade jewelry items. These boxes stack nicely and don’t take up much room. They’re great for transporting my jewelry to and from craft shows. I attach a hang tag to each item and write the item’s Zibbet ID number on the back of the tag. This helps me at shows to keep track of what needs to be unlisted from my Zibbet shops after the show.” ~ LOC Design Studio
“I actually try to NOT have a lot of inventory on hand, because I want my baby/child products to be as fresh as possible when it leaves “the House”; fabrics can be wily, taking on odors, or sometimes fading in the smallest light - not good with me!” ~ Grandmother’s House
How do you store and organize your inventory?
Best wishes for much success on Zibbet!
Vicki is committed to assisting her fellow Zibbeters improve their shops for successful online selling. She is the owner of five Zibbet shops: LOC Design Studio, Denim and Pearls, A Stitch and a Prayer, Black Creek Crossing and Think Like a Fish. You can follow Vicki on Twitter and through her LOC Design Studio blog.