01/22/2019 at 7:20 pm #55632
Death Piles killing you?
‘Fess up in this thread. Post photos of your Death Piles (DPs), tell us how you store (stuff?) the items you haven’t listed, justify why you’re really, truly, honestly an eBay seller and not just a hoarder with an eBay sales account, or give us your excuses. We’re not going to judge! We’re going to sympathise, empathise, share our tales of sales we couldn’t pass up, auctions that were amazing, or Yard Sale signs that had a magnetic attraction to the car and it turned into the drive all by itself.
Perhaps, in time, we’ll all encourage each other to actually get those items out from under the bed/in the attic/behind the boiler/up from the basement, and out of the house. Preferably into a listing, of course, but if needs must, there’s always Goodwill!2+
01/22/2019 at 10:25 pm #55647
I’ve got a long list of the items in my death piles. No photos yet. I’m actually working on some of them this week, so I’m hyped about it at the moment.
Sorry for the long post, but here is the list. I’ll number them so that I can keep track:
1) 5 Office electric typewriters: Need testing – I actually started on two of them today! I may need to buy ink cartridges and power cords.
2) Facit manual typewriter: I was going to sell this as nonworking, but my husband convinced me to fix it. I’ll give it a shot.
3) Food grinder – This is some kind of very heavy food grinder for Indian food. It needs to be tested.
4) misaligned art – a 3-D type art piece where the tape on one side has lost its stickiness, so the art is lopsided. I’ve got acid free tape and all the supplies I need.
5) 3 vintage bar lights – they were nonworking, and I decided that I need to replace the light fixtures in back. I believe they are worth the cost, but I’m wondering about the time. I’ve actually made some progress on this today.
6) a stack of vinyl records – I don’t even know if they are desirable, but I finally got a record player to test them.
7) a stack of CDs – I don’t seem to do well with selling old CDs, so I’m not sure that they are worth it.
8) a number of electric razors and hair trimmers – need to find out if they are worth anything, and, if they are, they’ll need to be tested.
9) Vintage table – do I have a box big enough or do I do local pickup? Just been lazy on this one.
10) 3 vintage cameras – my daughter will be happy to test them for me, but I first need to make sure they power on. I’ll need to find the right battery and buy film. One is only worth $30 or so; perhaps I just list that one untested. The last one is new and sealed. They also came with expired film that apparently does sell.
11) Several vintage men’s digital watches – I put batteries in them, but don’t know how to set the time to check if they work. I need to download instructions. Also have a newer watch that needs repair to the band or list as-is.
12) 2 power controllers & 1 data switch – something used in a computer room where many electronics need to be connected. Are they worth anything? How do I test?
13) Art projector – it didn’t work well when I first tested it. I thought it might just need cleaning or a new bulb, but I haven’t done anything. Is it worth it?
14) My dad’s old stereo receiver – holy cow, it has so many component connections, how do I test it? Am I too lazy?
15) Other of my dad’s old electronic equipment – I don’t even know what some of this is.
16) Matching bisque figurines – they were modified to be used with lamps by filling in the bottoms with cement or something. There is a screw that won’t come out. Do I chip it out? Sell as-is?
Items needing more extensive researching than what is easily available online:
17) possible Chatty Kathy doll – not marked, but my family friends used to be in the doll business, and it might be a prototype. It does have Chatty Kathy clothing.
18) China pieces, might be Sevres, couldn’t find the exact hallmark online, one piece is unmarked0
01/23/2019 at 4:26 am #55648
- Location: Leicester
no 3 might be a sev maker (Indian fried noodles) if it’s got a loose plate with holes at its base. Looks like a grinder, with a long handle.
I’ve got a death pile of bicycles… spring will come soon.
A death pile of books. I’m doing a shift tomorrow at a thrift shop sorting out their books, so that’s going to be added to their death pile. Which is huge, ‘cos they’ve got a policy of pricing just above what the market will bear. Shop-full of browsers yesterday, buying nothing.
A death pile of miscellaneous, which is going sometime to the car boot sale in Melton Mowbray to sell to the farmers’ wives.0
01/23/2019 at 9:30 am #55668
Antique Frog – Not exactly. I should have mentioned that it is electrical. See the link below – this is similar to what I have.
01/23/2019 at 6:30 pm #55708
Sharyn, you are WAY too organized. You can actually ITEMIZE your Death Piles! Holey toledo!
I have the top of the long shelf in the garage, an entire shelving unit in the garage, a full bookshelf next to the desk, an assortment of boxes under the desk, and a 16 ft by 8 ft storage shed packed to the rafters. Then I have an hanging shelf in the spare bedroom with clothes, and ad hoc pieces scattered through the house as well.
As to telling you what’s in everything? Shoes, clothes, hats, bags, decor items, DIY items, books; a whole hodge podge of stuff. If we have to actually list our DP items, I’m toast! 😀0
01/23/2019 at 9:01 pm #55720
Amatino – Last year, I really sped up my listing. In addition, I got much better at donating/throwing out stuff that wasn’t worth it.
I started with huge death piles at the beginning of 2018, but I really worked it. (And your challenge did help!). I also added stuff along the way, but I know that what I’ve added is worth the repair/test/research.
The point is that my death piles are only stuff that needs the repair/test/research. Nothing else is left. It’s easier to get a handle on it that way.1+
01/23/2019 at 7:07 pm #55709
Excuses: my main excuse is that my photography drives me to distraction, to the point where I don’t even want to list any more. I love hunting for treasures, have my inventory storage, packing and shipping down to an art, enjoy the research, and don’t mind (too much) the actual listing process. No, it’s the photographing that kicks my heinie. I have severe ADHD, and a fair whack of OCD thrown in, so that not having my photos just so grates me so badly that I want to scrap them and redo them. If I could find an easy way to snap and list, my listing would take off!
I’ve tried using my phone to take photos, but the quality just isn’t up to par compared to a camera, where I can tweak and perfect the lighting, color, and so on. That being said, I have a return where the buyer says the colors are “too rich” compared to the item IRL. Sigh…
Photography has become the frog in my listing day. And because of the lighting being better later in the day, I can’t “eat the frog first.” I shall have to find a solution this year.1+
01/24/2019 at 9:33 am #55743
If you are using natural light, then that is gonna cause problems with your phone camera for sure. It also limits you to when you can photograph.
You need to get some quality lighting – you can never have enough daylight quality lighting.
What you can do, is replace all light fixtures in the area you list with the highest wattage daylight temp lights you can get.
You could also use the cheap led shop lights. You can rig up cheap vertical stands for them with 2×4’s.
Bottom line, if lighting is holding back your photos, make this the year you do something about it!1+
01/24/2019 at 10:19 am #55750
Where I photograph my items, I have 6 various clip-on or desktop lights I’ve bought at thrift stores with 100 watt equivalent LED daylight bulbs. I can move them, turn off individual lights, and all in I probably spent $10 on all of them. They work great, and greatly improved my photos.
Previously they all turned out yellowish from older lighting I had and the flash on my camera couldn’t compensate for the yellow hue.0
01/23/2019 at 9:53 pm #55723
I need to compile all of my unlisted items. If I had to guess, it’s probably 30 individual items. Right now they are in my car, in laundry room, in shipping, or sitting in my living room. The pile is spread out so it’s hard to deal with as a pile. More like tiny minefields.
My unlisted triggers are 1. low dollar stuff bringing in profit under $10 per item. 2. Annoying to measure things (unsized items), or tricky sizing things.
OR, if I have a messy work area / table I don’t want to deal and they just pile up on that. Keeping my table clear is key1+
01/24/2019 at 1:15 pm #55780
30 items? My death pile eats piles like yours as an after dinner mint. Lol!8+
01/24/2019 at 9:46 am #55746
At the beginning of last year, I had 3 areas I allowed my backlog to live in. At the beginning of this year, I am up to 5 areas of backlog. 🙁
I used to never allow unlisted stock in the room I keep the bulk of my listed inventory in. Now, I have 10 bankers boxes crammed full of unlisted items. Ugh. All items purchased in the past 6 months, so barely backlog territory, but they’re heading there.
The majority of my unlisted stock is kept in bankers boxes, but I also have bags, piles, overflowing boxes, and 2 4 shelf ikea bookshelves full of unlisted items. I’ve also maxed out the available space to store unlisted large paper items in, as they go up to the “ceiling” (4 ft.) of my slanted roof on the ikea shelves. If they went up to a normal ceiling, I’d be in big trouble.
Last year, I had 3 4 shelf ikea bookshelves full of unlisted stock in. I’ve listed all of those items, and now the shelves are only full of listed stock. Yay! 1 of the bookshelves is now dedicated to keeping the majority of the listed items in my 2nd ebay store in. Larger items also go up to the “ceiling” (4 ft.) of my slanted roof.
I have 2 main areas of unlisted stock in that contain 20-40 bankers boxes apiece. The fourth area is my office, with the ikea shelves and scattered piles and bags on the floor, in addition to additional unlisted bankers boxes. A fifth area contains an additional 5-10 bankers boxes.
I’ve taken the past month off from serious sourcing, and I will most likely take an additional month or two off on top of that as well. I’m actively working through the backlog, and what I list from it is selling. If it’s not worth listing, I chuck it, but I am finding I don’t have to throw out too much.
I don’t allow any area to remain a “dead” pile. I sift items from one area to another. My unlisted ikea shelves remain full because I will remove up to a 1/4 of stock from one shelf, list it, and then refill it immediately with items from a backlog box, or new stock. All areas are kept active.
I’ve listed over 100 items this week, but none of it has been from the backlog. I hope to work on some of it today, but I also need to get some seasonal items listed from new stock I got in earlier this month.
I estimate that last year I listed through 20-30 boxes of backlog. It definitely helps for days (or months) I don’t feel like seriously sourcing. I am currently at 10,000 active items in my main store, and have sold over 16,000 items in this store. Definitely not a hoarder, but need to work a little harder to pick up my listing pace!1+
01/24/2019 at 1:06 pm #55778
REPLYING TO MYSELF.
Yay, great job! Congrats on finding a pile of books you purchased in 2011!
Creating drafts for them now. 🙂
Then, I’ll get to the seasonal items!3+
01/25/2019 at 3:58 pm #55898
ROFL. Retro, you’re awesome! 😀0
01/29/2019 at 1:02 am #56054
Hi, I’m here for the Death Pile Anonymous meeting…
My name is Liz and I have about eleventy-billion books piled up in my laundry room and kitchen, (oh and office and bedroom). I bought um…about 1000 books at an auction in early December for $120. Turfed about 200 of them to the used book store. I have listed about 500 of them, (not all individually; I listed many of them in lots of 5-10 books).
I had drastically underestimated what I bought. I thought I’d only bought about 400 books, but now that I add up what I’ve listed, what I’ve sold, what I dumped at Half Price Books, what is still in my laundry room waiting to be listed…HAHAHAHAHA. I’m pretty sure I’ll be listing books until I die. I’m also pretty sure I’ll die trapped under a pile of books.
On the plus side, I’ve sold about $1300 in books in December and January. So, that’s a thing?4+
02/16/2019 at 12:23 pm #57073
I forgot that I do have seasonal items and I have started pulling boxes in anticipation of a season. Some items are only somewhat seasonal, so I tried to have target months to list them.0
02/15/2019 at 10:24 am #57028
Have some time today but feeling really unmotivated to list for some reason. Sales are crazy slow this week. So I decided to update photos of my death piles – finally! Thanks Amatino.
Behold my remaining death piles. Pretty much limited to the garage. Have about 5 bankers boxes in the guest room unlisted. Maybe 15 or so in the garage. Many smalls included though. I’m happy things aren’t really spilling out and the guest room closet is not packed any longer. Long way to go but I made progress last year without donating much. Not much sourcing last year either. I just missed a rummage sale because my friend was in town. I should thank her! I also have some Kondoing to do with our stuff, so there is another layer to all this.3+
02/15/2019 at 11:58 am #57032
Wow, that’s organized! I must get around to doing my photos too. Will try to schedule that this weekend.0
02/16/2019 at 1:55 am #57052
It has finally happened.It’s looking a lot like a hoarding situation in my Ebay room. The unlisted death piles are oozing like hot lava into our living space.I would like to join the support group.
How did you first approach your piles of
doomopportunity? Did you start with purging, or maybe organizing into like items? I feel like I’m wasting time by sorting, but the one bin of random items at a time also seems rather time consuming.What works for you?2+
02/16/2019 at 2:55 am #57053
I started by sorting which lead to purging.
The stuff that is obviously very cool and/or expensive gets pulled out and listed first.
Once I look at the items, there is usually an obvious “Yes” pile and an obvious “No” pile. There ends up being a “Maybe” pile, and I don’t deal with the “Maybe” pile until after the first “No” pile is disposed of (Goodwill, used book store, trash, etc). Get the obvious “No” stuff out of your house asap, because those “No” items can creep into the “maybe” category and then you’re back where you started.
Anything that I pull out and think “Omg, WHY did I buy this?” is a total no. If your reaction is not “Oh wow, I forgot I bought this! This is so cool!” and is instead “Ugh, I hate listing this sort of thing”, then it needs to go.
If I realize I’m spending too much time debating the merits of an item, then it’s probably a problem item and needs to go. The “Maybe” pile gets a fast, gut-level price check. Will it reliably sell, yes or no? If the answer is “Welllllll…” and I feel myself dithering with decision paralysis, then it becomes a “No”, and away it goes.
This is usually enough to get the ball rolling and force me to be realistic and not view items through rose colored glasses. Once I get the “No” pile out of my house, I feel like “Look! Progress! This is amazing! I’m going to be so organized!” and my motivation to power through a box or 4 of
nonsensefine merchandise is high.1+
02/16/2019 at 11:29 am #57069
@jo Welcome. I bought a bunch of bankers boxes to make sure all the spill out was contained. I started by sorting into like items because listing goes faster that way. It’s kind of nice to switch categories when you get tired of listing some type of thing. I bring one box at a time into the house so it seems less daunting. This way I can see and remember what kind of items that I don’t like to deal with listing or that take a long time to research. It all helps me decide what I will source again and at what expected margin. Anything new I buy gets listed first before I go back to the piles.
Personally, from unlisted I have only purged the items I bought with damage. I’m making myself list anything worth $10 or more as kind of a punishment. It’s all part of the learning process.0
02/16/2019 at 11:50 am #57071
I actually think it’s better to sort one box at a time randomly, and then list like items in that box at the same time. This is just for items that are worth listing – discard items that aren’t worth anything, but then list EVERYTHING from that box once you have finished sorting through it all.
If you list items from most expensive to least expensive, you will only list the expensive items. The cheaper items will go straight back into the box, and then you will just put them away as you sort through a new box. With this approach, a box will never actually be emptied out.
The best way to get through it is one box at a time. Clear the ENTIRE box out. Once all items have been donated or listed, then move onto the next box. Rinse and repeat.0
02/16/2019 at 9:36 am #57061
I recently heard a couple people say they sort by highest dollar value first to get started on a death pile. I like this b/c I tend to have my highest value items as the captain of death pile. It’s b/c it takes more research / fussing/ styling.
TODAY IS THE DAY! All my high dollar DPs will get listed today come hell or high water.2+
02/16/2019 at 11:33 am #57070
One of the hard parts about this is that I have items I bought three years ago – like a coffee mug – that could be shipped at the time relatively cheaply. Postal rates have increased substantially since then. Such a bummer about having piles since you are stuck with your old decisions. But, there are cool items in the piles too to rediscover.2+
02/16/2019 at 7:36 pm #57094
Thanks for the replies. Intuitively, I do know what needs to be done, but have been feeling overwhelmed. It is true that this is an exercise in facing up to past decisions. Christine, I really hadn’t been thinking about the postage variable in relation to these items. Of course I do when I source, but yes, it’s a huge consideration with death piles. Liz, the instant feelings about items is indeed a good gauge! Reminds me of Marie Kondo – “Does this bring me joy?” I have 2 boxes that bring no joy in the back of the car already and will have a lot more by Monday, I’m sure!0
02/16/2019 at 9:11 pm #57100
Here to report!! I did my high dollar death pile listings today. It included going to the alterations lady on a gown I was going to try to repair myself. NOT. So, I bit the bullet but at least that dress is in progress. It also included some silver polishing and I listed my dreaded trench coats.
All $100+ items, glad it’s over with. ha! Let the sales role in!1+
02/17/2019 at 1:00 am #57101
Good job bc! I hope to join you soon in the git-er listed realm.0
02/18/2019 at 2:53 pm #57221
@bcfol440 Well done! May the sales roll indeed!
@jo You speak-a my language! I tend to be overwhelmed – too much input makes my brain shut down and I just can’t see where to begin. I tried Christine’s trick of sorting by like and Almasty’s option to do one box at a time and they both work … kinda. It just seemed to overtake me despite my best efforts. Eventually I conquered the Death Pile Deluge Demon by combining the two methods.
I went to the Home Depot and got the largest boxes they’d let me have from their dump pile. The smallest one was 30″ square! I put about a dozen in my garage and unpacked everything into those boxes. I taped a sheet of letter size printer paper onto the front of each box and labelled them by broad categories. For example, “ladies’ clothes”, “men’s clothes”, “toys”, “books and board games”, “home decor”, “DIY”, “electronic and computer”, and so on. I had a couple unlabelled boxes spare. Then I unpacked everything into those boxes. Every square inch of space was emptied into those boxes. It was both freeing and terrifying. I hadn’t realized I had so much!
Once I’d cleared everything, I had to use a trolley to move the boxes I wasn’t going to work in to another spot out of the way. Then I could go through one box at a time. I could split the general category down into smaller LIKE sections; so e.g. men’s clothes could be broken down into shirts, shorts, pants, ties, etc. Then I’d list using sell similar.
It helped for a while, but my listing process is too slow and it all got away from me again. I need a do-over, I think. However, I did manage to clear my entire jeans pile and my mens shirts, and a few other smaller piles. I think I wiped out my computer pile and made pretty good returns on those!2+
02/20/2019 at 11:13 am #57355
A while back I got motivated and listed my coat/jacket death pile. In the last 90 days I’ve sold $1000 in coats/jackets from that listing spree. That is a $1000 that I would not have had if I didn’t light that fire and “Just Do It”. It can be very therapeutic to list death piles once the sales start coming in.
Hopefully this spring I can light that fire once again and burn through some more long dormant death piles.4+
02/20/2019 at 2:04 pm #57370
@Retro That’s awesome. I’m working on our taxes now and will need to prepare an ending inventory. But, we are feeling crunched with a lot of atypical 2018 expenses and home improvement that just added up so I’m getting highly motivated to list again and resist shopping. I would love to turn that stuff in my garage into profit right about now. I think you had the child who was ill, hope you are all ok and Ebay might cut you a break if you email them?
@amatino, great job sorting. You are dealing with a lot of quantity! I think tackling by type will help you list faster.1+
02/20/2019 at 3:00 pm #57381
Well here’s the weird thing – when I check my late rate the other day it was explicably 2% points lower than BEFORE the new lates. It also wasn’t as bad as I thought – just 4 items went overdue.
I guess some old lates fell off the 12 month calculation at just the right time.0
02/20/2019 at 2:16 pm #57375
02/20/2019 at 2:40 pm #57378
Oh no! You are reminding me of someone trying to hold back the tide at the beach. Another wave of stuff rolls in. You and I are bringing up the rear of this challenge, but we’ve been talking finances at home so I’m getting really motivated!1+
02/20/2019 at 5:43 pm #57400
LOL. I remember a quote I read once that said “I try to take one day at a time, but lately several days have attacked me at once!”
Perhaps we should replace ‘days’ with ‘death pile boxes’? 😀1+
02/21/2019 at 7:35 am #57416
I sorted and/or listed through 8 boxes of backlog this week so far! I’m definitely sticking to 1 box at a time to get through it all. If I’m not listing at the moment from a box, I am at least sorting/pricing items from the box and discarding items that aren’t worth it. I feel like any progress is good progress.
For items that I am pricing, I intend to list them within the week. I don’t want to find them again 5 years later, already priced but not listed (this has happened before). Ugh.
What helps is listing/sorting through 1 box of likes at a time, then moving onto another box that is completely different. It keeps it interesting.
It is encouraging to see the piles thin out. A good way to lead into spring garage sale time!1+
02/21/2019 at 9:18 am #57423
Bravo Almasty! That’s the way to do it.1+
02/22/2019 at 12:25 am #57463
You guys are doing great! So, after whining to you last week, I got busy on my death piles. My situation is much better now. I ended up deciding to cut my losses and re-donate a lot of stuff. Family harmony is priceless. I now have 14 sorted bins, 2 full 18″x40″ shelves of breakables, and one average sized closet of clothing. I have a strong dislike for cardboard boxes for storage and have been able to pare things down to fit into the bins and spaces I already have. It has been an epiphany of sorts, seeing exactly how much space I can use before I reach critical mass. Hopefully, those items will soon be joining the listed category. Unfortunately, I have to leave town again, so the listing will have to wait. I am excited though for when I come back, everything is organized and ready to go!1+
02/22/2019 at 7:17 am #57469
- Location: Washington DC
I’ve only been lurking because my piles pale in comparison and my list rate is pitiful as a part timer but you all have been inspiring me to ramp it up. I hate clothing, so I’m digging into bags of family items that I’ve been keeping as worth too much to donate. Just grabbing one thing at a time and listing when I have a minute. I’m up to 187 listings which is huge for me. Thanks!1+
02/22/2019 at 9:57 am #57473
@T I’ve done our stuff (mostly clothing) on Mercari because i hate clothing too. It’s super fast to list vs Ebay, they discourage returns, and I’m willing too mark it down and move it quickly. It also keeps the personal sals out of my Ebay store. Good luck with your piles. I envy the people with small ones.1+
02/23/2019 at 12:01 pm #57513
Finally got some photos done. Here’s my Album of Shame.
Not as much as I thought, actually, but still enough to be intimidating. I have boxes hidden under my desk, shelves next to my desk, and a box on the floor of my living room. Then in the garage is a whole shelf of boxes, the shelf being 30″ wide by nearly 17 feet long. Almost one half of my 8′ x 16′ shed is Death Piles.
Now that I’m looking around me, I’m wondering… should I pick an area to start and clear it? Say, the box on my living room floor, followed by the items under my desk and then next to my desk? Or continue with my current program which is wipe out all the clothing, that I hate listing, and then get to the “fun stuff” later? The Eat the Frog First principle?
Ugh. It may not be as much as I thought but it’s still something that I’d rather close the door on and go do some sewing instead. Too intimidating, I’d rather be an ostrich. 🙁3+
02/23/2019 at 6:21 pm #57523
You are brave to post the reality of the situation. Death piles are definitely a common hazard of this work, so don’t beat yourself up about it. Remember, baby steps and small, attainable goals. I might do the living room box first and then the under the desk stash. If you really don’t want to list them, organize them with the rest of the piles. Just get them out of your living space. Also, consider, under the desk might be bad Feng shui, preventing a comfortable welcoming to that space (Like I really know this stuff- just a feeling). I don’t know. I vacillate between wanting to cherry pick for value, and wanting to just get the big things done and out of there first. I think there needs to be some enjoyment in the process so you will keep coming back to do more. Also, there is a need to power through stuff you don’t enjoy. Maybe a balance between the two. I noticed the bark/tree/log lamp in the photo- I often have success with stuff like that when I use ‘Cabin Decor’ and ‘Rustic’ in the title. It’s good time of year for that kind of thing. Good Luck!1+
02/23/2019 at 10:53 pm #57525
@jo Thanks. The comment on feng shui was spot on, in that I don’t feel happy in this space. We’ve been renovating our small house, but not got to the living room yet, and the entire room is not welcoming at all. Hmmm… hadn’t considered that.
Agreed I need to power through some stuff. Something has to give! LOL0
02/24/2019 at 11:47 am #57546
@A, I agree with that – getting the stuff out of your living and processing place. Either just moving it or tackling it. Then, I like the Almasty method above, switching from type to type to keep it interesting. It also helps me realize what type of items I don’t like to list or that are most time intensive.0
02/27/2019 at 3:55 pm #57803
Yeah, I’m toast!
I decided that I needed to just MOVE stuff, not stress so much about the photos. I was given a batch of NWT baby clothes, ASP about $10 plus shipping. Figured that I’d just whack ’em up using my phone camera in the eBay app and get them DONE!
It bothered me all morning!
Finally, I went back and fetched them out, redid the photos, and put them back up again. I just can’t cope with crappy photo quality.
It’s going to take me forever to get through my Death Piles at this rate. 🙁 At least they were baby clothes, so easy to do. And I did compromise a little, I just took front, back, label and any detail if relevant instead of the full 12 photos that I usually work to get. Still… wasted day…. sigh….0
03/07/2019 at 7:48 pm #58325
- Location: Virginia Beach
Part of me is having larger house envy!
I can’t fit that much unlisted stuff in our tiny space. I have the only spare room as my “office,” and it’s a mix of inventory storage, shipping space, photography studio, and unlisted backlog. Thank goodness it has a large-ish closet! I believe I’ve maxed out the storage capability of the room, but I tweak it ever so often, and have surprised myself with how much I hold there. I see myself being totally maxed out (depending on what the inventory is) at 1,500 items in my store (currently, 1,080).
The backlog often spills out into the adjacent living room and loveseat, which drives me bonkers, as well as the floor of my office. I start to feel paralysis when too many surfaces are covered, so I tend to organize loosely by type into bankers boxes and stack under the room’s center table. Loose items get stacked on top of the table, which would ideally be my packing station and cleared off each day…goals!
I also have storage – minimal inventory and all larger/unbroken-down boxes – in the rare basement we’re so lucky to have in this area.
I went from a listing goal with a number attached to it, to just listing every day when at all possible. Not always gonna happen, but a good and attainable goal that I’m telling myself to stop stressing over. More of the turtle than the hare. And I often take the time to re-organize my spaces so that they both work better for me and make me feel better/more productive working in them (not to mention keep it possible for my partner to ship for me when I’m out of town!).0
03/18/2019 at 1:37 pm #58885
@silverfoxfinds Interesting that you haven’t taken the next step to renting a storage unit. I’m in awe of your self-control keeping it all contained in such a small space! Respect!
Listing every day, even if it’s just one item, definitely is the goal, but at the moment, I’m not even making it listing one item a week!0
03/19/2019 at 9:34 am #58933
- Location: Virginia Beach
Yeah, I think I’m too disinterested right now in taking the operation much larger. I like keeping things compact, even the tetris-ing of my work space, though I’d love to be able to do some other things in this room, like get my sewing machine back out and give it a whirl!
There is a storage facility within a half mile of the house, so that is ideal if I wanted to head in that direction. Sourcing in this area isn’t great, so I’d have to change my situation a bit to source further afield/overnight. Happy to do that, just haven’t made it a priority yet. We shall see. I love (trying) to keep things as simple as possible, but also trying to keep an eye on my profitability – and enjoyment factors too! 🙂0
04/02/2019 at 2:43 pm #59620
Just found a hidden stash I’d forgotten about! WTF? Noooooooooooooooooooooooo…………
04/15/2019 at 8:49 pm #60243
Death Pile Challenge Week!
If you have posted in this thread – challenge!
I challenge you to choose five death pile items. I don’t care if they’re armpit items or easy to list items, but you must choose 5. List those 5. You can list as many or as few of anything else as you like, but this challenge is FIVE DEATH PILE ITEMS LISTED.
POKER THROWDOWN: If you want o throwdown challenge, list those five and raise the odds! So, see my 5, and raise me… ?
Post your successes here next Monday! For poker throwdown, list the same day as your throwdown to give us a chance to respond during the week.
(Armpit items – the stuff we don’t want anyone to see. Nobody ever looks under your armpit, right?)2+
04/17/2019 at 3:23 am #60362
I’m in. Tonight, I listed 5 death pile items: fishing lures. My husband’s grandfather gave him a box of vintage lures, and husband passed the ones he doesn’t want on to me to sell. Unfortunately, we don’t have any super-valuable lures, but there’s a $150-ish in lures in the box. My pics aren’t the greatest, though. The plastic clamshells for the lures have yellowed with age so it was hard to get decent pics of the colors. I may try retaking pictures outside later this week.
So, I see your 5 death pile items, and raise you 4 more, (more lures!)0
04/17/2019 at 11:14 am #60387
I know it is scary to consider, but you might consider selling it as new but take it out of the package. Photograph the lure with the pieces of the carefully opened package beside it.1+
04/17/2019 at 3:08 pm #60418
@Retro, some of the lures I can definitely take out of the package. The plastic shell has come loose from the card in places, so I can squeeze the lure out without wrecking the packaging.0
04/17/2019 at 10:51 am #60380
Trust someone in the Listing Challenge to take up the Death Pile Challenge! 😀 Brilliant!
Well done, Liz.
Everyone else, list your 5. If you want to accept Liz’s Throwdown, go for it. See her 4 or raise her! (Cue the Kenny Rogers music…) LOL1+
04/17/2019 at 2:26 pm #60415
Listed my 5. Have to go pack orders and get to the Post Office now, so I can’t take up Liz’s Throwdown.
04/17/2019 at 3:12 pm #60419
Get to it! One of my lures already sold, so it was worth the tedium of listing these things.
Gotta love the names given by lure manufacturers. I have Bang-O-Lures and Tiny Chuggers. Baby Chuggers, too. The Tiny Chuggers are kind of cute, but my husband would probably roll his eyes if he heard me say that.1+
04/21/2019 at 8:40 pm #60608
Phew! Managed to see your 4, Liz, for a total of 9 items listed this week. It has been CRAZY busy! Thanks for playing along in the challenge. I don’t think I would have listed any if not for you.1+
04/21/2019 at 8:58 pm #60610
I’m glad you posted this challenge. I got all the lures listed and 4 of them have already sold this week.1+
04/22/2019 at 1:08 pm #60648
Hopefully we’ll have more participants next challenge. 😉1+
04/22/2019 at 4:18 pm #60670
Aww, I didn’t see this until you mentioned it over on the listing challenge Amatino. I totally would have been on board. I’ll check the box to be notified in the future and take you up on the challenge next time!0
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