Last month saw us move our eBay business into office space, and I am so grateful to be claiming back rooms in our house. Growing our eBay inventory has been key to our reselling success, but with more stock comes the challenge of where to store your inventory. Depending on the size of your inventory and the types of items you sell, you might need to get creative when it comes to finding decent storage solutions and in this post I am going to share some ideas for storing your reselling stock.
store reselling stock Under the bed
Most of us have space under our bed to store our eBay stock, as long as it isn't too big or oddly shaped. We have used under the bed plastic storage boxes under our bed to store stock in – we can fit 8 of these boxes under our bed and they are great for things like clothes, shoes and other small items.
Store reselling stock in a shed
This is exactly what we did to store our eBay stock.
We have a shed that is actually attached to our house, almost like a conservatory. In the past, others have used it as a hair salon or even a home gym, but it has made a great eBay storage room for us.
Back in March 2017 I recorded a tour of our eBay shed for you to take a look at:
If you aren't able to get a shed attached to your home then you could also look at garden sheds to store your stock.
I do have some tips for you if you are planning on storing your eBay stock in a shed:
- Sheds will typically have the same temperature as it is outside, making them quite cold in winter. You can combat this by placing a rug or carpet (we used a carpet offcut) and lining the walls with old curtains.
- Don't forget to get something to remove moisture from the air – you can get an electric dehumidifier or some damp traps in stores like Poundland and B&M bargains.
- Make sure that your shed is big enough for the stock you want to store, and that you can find your inventory easily. You can do this easily with shelving.
- Use an inventory management app to keep track of your stock.
- Consider building your own shed from scratch.
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If you are lucky enough to have a spare bedroom or a spare reception room in your home then this makes a great place to store your eBay stock.
Not only do you get a dedicated room (instead of searching the entire house when you've sold an item) but you can also claim back expenses on your annual tax return for working from your home.
Storage in existing rooms
If you don't have a spare room to store eBay stock in then you will need to get creative and look for ways to store your stock in the space you already have.
A great way to do this is to make use of spare space in rooms you are currently using.
The Ikea Kallax shelves are really useful for this because you can put your stock into fabric storage boxes so that it actually looks really cute in a room!
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