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


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

I believe chewing by means 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 acquired 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 normally 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 hold going at this tempo, I’d need to be promoting like 600 gadgets a month to hit stock homeostasis. I don’t know the way possible or fascinating it is going to be to maintain going at this tempo as soon as the property storage unit is finished, so at that time I believe I’ll educate my main helper to do another issues inside the workflow moreover photographing, and possibly 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 might contain another person doing each step within the workflow, not simply images or sourcing or transport alone. I’ll hold you posted on that lol.

So far as house, I’ve principally acquired two 10×10 storage items and my storage… presently within the technique 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 means of since November. So till this month, my complete stock moreover that has simply been in my storage since I began virtually 4 years in the past. There are undoubtedly over 10k gadgets in there alone! Numerous 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 set up and enhance my transport station (which is able to stay on the market) and use the storage as my “overflow” for rising my stock much more. I assume that after I hit a crucial mass, I’ll need to get one other storage unit or transfer to a much bigger home lol!

Presently, I run percent-off gross sales so much, I sometimes have one or two day dealing with time, and I take lots of gives. I believe if I’m ever lucky sufficient to be overrun with too many gross sales on a regular basis, I can simply gradual it down a bit by adjusting these parameters. Longer dealing with time, no gross sales, being pickier about gives, and many others… and possibly prepare 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 lots of different artistic tasks I’m certain 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 number of bins, 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 truly fairly straightforward to retailer them in a extra particular means. I divided all of them into classes, like Eating places, Common 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 colour inside their classes. This has been SO MUCH FASTER than how they had been grouped earlier than, as a result of now I solely dig by means of like 50 as an alternative of lots of after 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 finally I could need to consolidate bins, put new gadgets into half-full outdated bins, and many others, however I nonetheless suppose it is going to be far more environment friendly than what I used to be doing, which was simply grouping like gadgets collectively after which sorting by colour if a secondary standards was wanted. Hope that every one is smart!!