Craft Supplies Storage Ideas
Craft Supplies Storage Ideas
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With the popularity of sites like Etsy, Folksy, and Pintrest, more people are discovering ways to make money off their handmade goods.
If you have a crafty hobby, you could make extra money for your household by selling your goods online, or at local flea markets.
But regardless of what you decide to sell, one problem that all retailers face is having enough stock on hand to match the demand, and how to store it. Not only do you need space for the finished product, you also need to store the raw material and supplies.
If you are selling textiles or knitwear, a simple closet or stackable bins, could be all the space you need. But if you live in a really small space, you still might not have enough room for everything. And if you are selling larger items, like homemade furniture or sculptures, you will quite likely not have enough space for both building and storage.
Renting space in a storage unit can help you keep plenty of stock and supplies on hand, without overrunning your house.
There are several different types of storage options available:
If you need constant access to your supplies and stock, you should consider a storage pod that you can keep in your yard or driveway. The biggest advantage of these units is that they are right outside your door. You don’t have to drive several miles to access your unit (whether in a crowded city like Raleigh or an open space like a Texas farm), and you can add and remove items at any time. These outdoor pods are sealed against the elements, but they are not climate controlled. They also take up a lot of space.
Storage Facility - Outdoor
An outdoor storage unit, at a storage facility, allows you 24-hour access to your stuff, without you having to keep a large, bulky, container on your property. This option is ideal for people with limited outdoor space who need flexibility in how they access their storage unit, perfect for residents in crowded cities like Raleigh, NC that don't have a lot of room to spare. The downside to the outdoor unit is that you need to travel to the facility to get your stuff; another disadvantage is that outdoor units are not climate controlled.
Storage Facility – Indoor
An indoor storage unit, at a storage facility, allows you access to your stuff during normal business hours. Some units might also have after-hours access with a special code or key. The big advantage to indoor units is that they are climate controlled. Indoor units also tend to be smaller than the outdoor variety, and are ideal for storing textiles and similar items. The major disadvantages to the indoor storage unit are the limited access, combined with the fact that you have to travel to the unit to access your stuff.
Renting a Unit
Whether you are renting a pod, or a storage unit at a facility, the rental process is similar for both. One you contact the facility, you will be asked to fill out a rental contract for a specific period of time. Some facilities might require a minimum rental period, like one month, and others might not.
Always ask about specials and discounts before you sign anything. If you are planning to walk in, always visit the company website first. Many of these places advertise specials at their websites, that they don’t advertise in-store.
You can also use the website to get an idea of which units are available in your area. For example, if you are planning to use Uncle Bob’s storage, you can go to Unclebobs.com to find information on what’s available.
While renting a unit does cost money, it also helps remove clutter from your home, and protects your stock and supplies.