Let this be a warning, Part 2
Helpful responses (and a few awe-struck visits) I got after writing the last entry. The majority of the move has happened with roughly 1000 trips up and down the stairs to carry by section so I don’t screw up my ‘Dewey decimal system’ for keeping kits in order. Nothing worse than a great sale followed by high anxiety trying to find the darn thing and ship within 24 hours….Been there, done that. My spread sheet is only as good as the hands that pl...aced the item on the shelf.
So here are some of the suggestions that were integrated into this change:
-put down wooden flooring in office section (floating floor sections from Lowes) to make it warmer and quieter—from upstairs it sounds like I am walking on a boat! Singing sailor songs a lot.
-moved the lights down and found a way to mount them up inside the beams to I don’t smack my head on them
-utilized all the shelves from upstairs by a painful method of moving kits in correct order, then carry bookcase down without collapsing it and restock. The downside? My thighs now feel like I would qualify for the New York City Ballet and I have created a whole new series of scary funky sounds for my wife.
-retooled an old workbench to serve and the wrapping and shipping dept with space underneath for box storage
-used an old tool chest for my greatly respected ‘Ebay junk yard’ for individual parts from busted kits which I sell online as well. Want to see my wife flip out? Just open one of those drawers and have her see that I have organized, by scale and maker, all the cute little wheels, doors, decals and the like. Freaks her right out. But they are slowly selling! Not sure if I am using LIFO or FIFO on those things!
-Yet to be figured out is improving the photography section of the shop-that black felt just ain’t cutting it where it is. Oh yeh, and she just discovered that I still have about 300 more kits that I forgot I had and they are still upstairs. The best part? See that last picture? There is still space for just a few more random purchases.
So keep those suggestions coming and will someone please divert my wife. There is a good model auction coming up.
We have shared these cool books with you before, but did you know that we have a lot of different styles of them. They are perfect for hiding your treasures in! Stop by and see what covers we have.
Let this be a warning to others…..This is what happens over time…7 years ago I bought 2 model airplane kits in a valiant attempt to teach myself Ebay. Without a computer. My wife and I were traveling to the West Coast so I decided to read the Ebay For Dummies book, thinking that, like in days of old, a book could transfer knowledge without a mechanical device.
So fast forward 18 years and you can see my empire. I have a well-established reputation now on Ebay (it’s much easie...r with a computer!) and I continue to sell airplane kits, car kits and other miscellaneous figures and parts. I am pleased with my progress but now I have hit a new hurdle and need some suggestions
I have decided to relocate my office and warehouse from our guest bedroom and attic to our basement. We recently had family in and they were forced to sleep all over the place except in a bed. So here is where I need suggestions. What advice would you give me to:
a) Move all the inventory down 2 floors in an organized way-all shelves and kits have ID numbers
b) How would you set up the optimum desk and packing space
c) What advances have taken place that I should read about or take advantage of now
d) Best way to light the basement?
e) What funny farm should my wife reserve space in to maintain her sanity
We love these decorating ideas! Our shop has a lot of great vintage finds that can be repurposed, added as a functional piece in a home, or made into a cool piece of art work.