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First, I unload the kids (I usually have at least one with me) give them snacks/drinks/bathroom break and get them settled doing something outside (if the weather is nice enough) or find them something to occupy them inside while I unload. Sometimes they will help me sort the items- depending on how long our day has been. I’m hoping to have my storage area cleared out enough by winter that I will be able to pull the car in and unload in a more protected area. Unloading in the snow, rain, or strong winds is no fun!
I start by backing up my car to the driveway as soon as I get home from sourcing, whether it be thrift store, retail arbitrage, garage sales, trip to my mom’s- whenever my car is loaded with inventory. I line my driveway with empty banker’s boxes that I store just inside the door for unloading days.
I also have some empty totes ready to go for Amazon inventory and a laundry basket for items for the house/family. I often combine sourcing days with grocery shopping, and I am always on the lookout for things for my family or one of our many projects (homeless bags, Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes, Awana prizes for our Church, School Donations, etc)
Then I start filling the banker’s boxes as I unload the car. It doesn’t matter what goes in the box, I just try to fill it up using all of the space. I continue filling boxes until the car is unloaded.
Once all of the boxes are loaded I carry the boxes into my shop and place them on the first set of shelves for unlisted inventory. If the item is too big to fit in a box, I use the top shelf of all of my storage shelves as oversize storage. If the item will freeze, melt, or otherwise be hurt by storage, I have a few shelves and drawers in my small ebay room that has heating and cooling for safer storage. Also, at this point the boxes stay unmarked (you’ll see why in a later post)
(in the week since I took this picture, this whole section has been listed and moved to the listed inventory shelving, woohoo!)