Forgotten Stuff and Moving Forward

Last weekend I was busy ordering Christmas gifts (almost done!) and putting more stuff in my Etsy store. But as I was digging through some of my unlisted inventory I found things I’d forgotten I’d bought! Oh jeez. Does this happen to anyone else?? It was a surreal experience.

I suppose it was bound to happen eventually given the amount of stuff I buy, but still it seems rather ridiculous. For example, I unearthed two pairs of 1950s/1960s crocheted gloves I had bought at a yard sale in June. This chic black pair still retains its “Fallala, Hand Made in France” label.

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And here’s a 1997 Gamewright Horse Show game which I bought maybe a year or so ago at a monthly book sale.

Horseshow-game

But here’s the real kicker…how did I forget that I’d bought this amazing German leather jacket?? This was a New York City find from a trip two or three years ago that I just rediscovered in a closet. I’m pretty sure it’s a men’s jacket, but I think would look good on a man or a woman. It’s black with red and green highlights and faux horn buttons and the cutest little half-belt in back. I’ll be trying to get this in my store later this week.

german-coat

While I haven’t been hunting much these days I did pop into my neighborhood thrift store on my way home from the gym. There was a cart with some “new” stuff that hadn’t been shelved yet and that’s where I picked up this 1950s Royal Doulton Dickens Ware china tray. It’s the”Oliver Twist” character Bill Sykes, a robber and thoroughly despicable character by all accounts. Even the dog looks mean!

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It’s not valuable, but what a hoot! Knew I had to buy this.

Curio Display Update

A few months ago I wrote about my collection of small curiosities and my conundrum with how to best display them. In the end I bought the Pottery Barn cubby hole thingy and everything looks pretty good in it.

curios

I ordered this online and when it arrived it took me 30 minutes to unbox it. (It was very well packaged!) But alas it is NOT a quality piece of furniture. What they don’t mention on the website is that the back is just particle board and the stain/finish job is slap dash. I was tempted to return it, but wasn’t even sure I could repackage it correctly. So for now I’m keeping it. But I should have known better. I’ve been disappointed by Pottery Barn quality before. 😦

Evaluating 2017 and Moving Forward

As the end of 2017 nears I’ve realized it’s time to start evaluating what worked well this year and what needs improvement. Certainly one area that needs work–inventory management. A good goal for me might be what I’m calling “Do it ALL on the same day.” Here’s what it would look like:

  • Buy item
  • Add expense to Excel spreadsheet
  • Research item
  • Photograph and list item on Etsy (or eBay)
  • Store item appropriately and add to tracking sheet

Boom…done, right away, on the same day. Then nothing would pile up. Nothing would get forgotten! Well, something to work towards.

Do you have any New Year’s goals yet?? 

As always, happy hunting,

Karen

P.S. I have quite a few things on sale till November 30th.

5 Comments

  1. “Do it all the same day” would apply here too…. have many nice items, just waiting for me to get around to list them… (including nice vintage gloves!) 🙂

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    1. Glad I’m not the only one!! I have some beautiful vintage crystal goblets and decanters that I can’t believe I haven’t listed yet. Looking forward to seeing your vintage gloves! – Karen

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      1. Ha, your post actually motivated me to get a few more items on the shop today! Thank you 🙂

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  2. Simon

    Trying to get everything listed on the same day as it’s purchased would be unrealistic for me so my goal is to get things listed the same week they are purchased.

    Since you have a spreadsheet, if you want to see how your doing in your goal, you could record the date you listed the item and then calculate the number of days it took to list an item. If you watch the trend for the days-taken-to-list you’ll see if you’re getting better at listing quickly.

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    1. Hi Simon. “In the same week” would be a more realistic goal for me too, though occasionally I get stuff listed the same day. I used to track a lot more stuff in my spreadsheets, like the date bought and listed, but I wasn’t consistently entering that data so I stopped. Once I clear up my backlog of items, I may follow your suggestion. All the best, Karen

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