Scavenger Life Episode 500: Fireworks! Lasers! Weekly Numbers!


It’s a TON… a lot of my gadgets are literally small/straightforward to ship and retailer, weirdly type of because of the pandemic. I began sourcing extra on-line in giant a lot of issues like classic magnets, hankies, lapel pins, and so on… in all probability if I stored going solely in that path, my common sale worth would ultimately be pulled down a bit, as a result of a lot of these factor solely go for 10-$20, which is much less that I’d often like. BUT… they’re like 5 or 10 cents every to amass effectively in a giant bundle, they’re enjoyable gadgets that I’m focused on promoting, and I’ve type of honed a brand new itemizing technique that very a lot takes benefit of bulk enhancing like 95% of the itemizing data. I can checklist 100 related small issues in a day simply!

I feel chewing by way of a ten×10 storage unit filled with property sale stuff together with having these giant batches each every so often of super-smalls is how my numbers have grown so quick. I’ve obtained one helper dedicated to photographing about 400 gadgets a month for me, and one other who’s extra on a batch-by-batch foundation, however often can do as much as 200 a month. So my days are then spend prepping their bins and itemizing their drafts, and now additionally cataloging all of the stock from earlier than they got here on board… oh and transport, duh.

So if we preserve going at this tempo, I’d need to be promoting like 600 gadgets a month to hit stock homeostasis. I don’t understand how possible or fascinating will probably be to maintain going at this tempo as soon as the property storage unit is finished, so at that time I feel I’ll train my main helper to do another issues throughout the workflow apart from photographing, and perhaps even get her to assist me supply, too. That’s one a part of the imaginative and prescient. One other half is to probably begin one other “department” of my retailer within the midwest (the place I’m initially from) however that’s much more difficult and I’m probably not there but… I simply know it will contain another person doing each step within the workflow, not simply images or sourcing or transport alone. I’ll preserve you posted on that lol.

So far as house, I’ve mainly obtained two 10×10 storage items and my storage… at the moment within the means of transferring every thing from my storage to the second storage unit. The primary one is completely for the property lot I’ve been working by way of since November. So till this month, my complete stock apart from that has simply been in my storage since I began nearly 4 years in the past. There are positively over 10k gadgets in there alone! A lot of metal cabinets and sterility bins, lol. My plan is to maneuver all of that to the second storage unit, bin by bin as I proceed to stock all of it by bin quantity, after which as soon as I’ve my storage freed up, I can additional manage and enhance my transport station (which can stay on the market) and use the storage as my “overflow” for rising my stock much more. I assume that once I hit a crucial mass, I’ll need to get one other storage unit or transfer to an even bigger home lol!

At the moment, I run percent-off gross sales quite a bit, I usually have one or two day dealing with time, and I take quite a lot of affords. I feel if I’m ever lucky sufficient to be overrun with too many gross sales on a regular basis, I can simply sluggish it down a bit by adjusting these parameters. Longer dealing with time, no gross sales, being pickier about affords, and so on… and perhaps practice somebody to assist me ship, too! A part of getting my stock in a extra particular form is with that in thoughts. I need to have the ability to outsource most of what I do if I must or need to. We could also be having children within the subsequent few years and there are quite a lot of different artistic tasks I’m positive I’ll need to do within the meantime with out having to simply flip off my retailer.


My fellow Illinois native! I’m from Highland 🙂 My storage, which has all been within the majority of a 2-car storage consists of about two aisles of metal cabinets with a lot of bins, packing containers, totes, and some different plastic drawer unit kinds of issues. I’d say a stable couple thousand of my gadgets are very small, like magnets and matchbooks and jewellery, and I do have these in drawer items for essentially the most half. It’s type of a nightmare looking for these typically, particularly the lapel pins! I’m attempting to get a greater system for that going quickly… with the matchbooks it was really fairly straightforward to retailer them in a extra particular approach. I divided all of them into classes, like Eating places, Normal Promoting, and Lodges/Resorts/Cruiselines and made a drawer for every. Then I created a 6-section divider out of cardboard to place in every of these drawers and sorted them by shade inside their classes. This has been SO MUCH FASTER than how they have been grouped earlier than, as a result of now I solely dig by way of like 50 as an alternative of lots of once I’m in search of one, haha. Nonetheless, the way in which I’ll do it for many issues going ahead is simply placing comparatively like gadgets in a bin on the entrance finish like proper after sourcing, then {photograph} a bin at a time, after which every thing simply lives in that bin and is assigned that bin quantity in my spreadsheet till it sells! I assume ultimately I’ll need to consolidate bins, put new gadgets into half-full previous bins, and so on, however I nonetheless assume will probably be far more environment friendly than what I used to be doing, which was simply grouping like gadgets collectively after which sorting by shade if a secondary standards was wanted. Hope that each one is sensible!!