Make Money with Storage Auctions and Flea Markets
Do you want to profit from the buying and reselling of merchandise sold at mini storage auctions? If so, you need to choose a method of resale. If you have customer service experience and many quality items to sell, you may want to sell at a flea market.
If you want to make money with selling mini storage auction merchandise at a flea market, proceed with caution. Remember, your goal is to make money, not lose it. You must rent a table or space at a flea market. Some organizers charge very high fees. Depending on what you have for sale, flea markets may not be worth your time or your money.
Speaking of what you have for sale, know how to buy valuables and resellable items at mini storage auctions. If you can inspect bins or storage units beforehand, do so. If not, look for signs or use your best judgment. A storage unit filled with moving boxes and furniture may be the sign of two households that consolidated into one. Household goods can be resold for a profit. Also, look for name brand products and antiques.
Returning back to selling at a flea market, see what is available. If you live in a large city or town, you may have multiple flea markets to choose from. Before making your choice, visit them. Which flea markets receive the most traffic or are open the longest? Then, examine dealer fees. You do want to keep your costs down, but keep quality in mind. A flea market that receives more traffic is worth a higher dealer fee.
In keeping with location, if your local flea markets are not popular, you may want to examine those in the nearest large city. You may have to pay higher dealer fees, but the increased traffic may be worth it. Do you have a large van or truck that you can use to transport your goods? If so, consider this as an option. If you cannot find a decent flea market, remember that you can sell your mini storage auction merchandise online or host your own yard sale at home.
As for dealer fees, see what options you have. Can you purchase a selling spot for only one weekend, a month, or the whole year? If you intend to use mini storage auctions to your full advantage, like by traveling to attend them and buying as much as possible, a long term rental is recommended. The longer you rent a space at a flea market, the bigger discount you should receive.
It is also important to get as much information as possible. If the flea market organizers have a website, visit it. If not, call or ask questions in person. It is not uncommon for some organizers to limit what can be sold. Upscale flea markets do not want to appear as if they are one big yard sale. In these instances, it may be common to find secondhand clothing prohibited. Before paying a dealer fee or signing a contract, make sure you can sell what you have.
When pricing your items, it is recommended that you first do research online. Make sure you don’t have any valuables. Yes, you can still sell valuables and antiques at a flea market, but know their worth. As for the rest of your merchandise, keep your eye on making a profit. Remember what you paid for the merchandise, as well as your dealer fee. Make sure you walk away with a profit, even if you must slightly raise the price.
As for why flea markets are considered a better method of reselling, it has to do with sales. Those shopping at flea markets expect to find a good deal, but not deep discounted items like the ones sold at yard sales. This allows you to reasonably set your prices higher. Shoppers also visit flea markets with the intent to buy, as a shopper may have to pay an admission fee. This, alone, increases your chance of making multiple sales.
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Being able to effectively move materials around a stock house or factory and gain easy access to the contents of large palletized loads can really improve workplace efficiency and have a positive effect on productivity throughout the working environment. Operating on a just in time basis means being flexible and reacting quickly to whatever demands are made. It also means ensuring that the necessary tools to perform any task are available for staff in order to simplify their work flow. Pallet inverters are a key example of a tool that can be used for many different purposes, and thanks to its unique versatility in use, it can offer a number of effectiveness benefits when it comes to moving goods around and ensuring proper stock control procedures are followed.
The key design feature of a pallet inverter and its actual purpose is to be able to lift a palletized load, and allow it to be flipped over vertically so that the topmost items are placed at the bottom. There are a number of reasons why you would want to do this, including avoiding powder contents in packaging from settling and clumping, or to ensure that items that are at the bottom of the pile are used first to prevent wastage. Pallet inverters provide for easy load transfer from wood pallet to plastic pallet, slip sheet or rental pallet.
A pallet inverter is a simple to use item and can be operated by a single person. The method is very straightforward, and the inversion is carried out in a number of logical steps. The first is to load the pallet onto the forks at the front of the machine. A powerful gas lift operated by a single touch control is then used to raise the load off the ground, and rotate it through 19 degrees. The load can then be pivoted 180 degrees on its axis before being lowered carefully onto a new pallet completely inverted from its original position.
The pallet inverters offer much more than this function however. Thanks to their unique engineering and high quality manufacturing, these trucks double as a pallet truck. The fork lift system can easily raise heavy loads, and is a welcome addition to any docking area or stock house environment. Thanks to the high visibility position of the driver mounted on the back of the vehicle, it is simple to drive in crowded areas, and there are few blind spots where unseen obstacles can get in the way and cause problems for the operator in the form of accidents and incidents that may otherwise cause damage or injury.
Easy to use and highly maneuverable when being driven around the factory floor, these pallet inverters that double as trucks mean that you effectively get two vehicles for the price of one, improving your bottom line through investment, and can allow for an improved working environment for staff thanks to having goods in the right place, and the right condition at the right time for them to be used the right way.
A Moving Experience
I’ve found a cool apartment! Okay, okay…so it’s not perfect. Just a few bugs. I mean literally! First expense? An exterminator! Is it worth the cash? Well, I can’t afford a more expensive place, so a one-time (please!) cash outlay should be okay. Maybe just a can of “Raid?”
I need a way to move my stuff. Daddy, can I borrow your truck? You don’t have one? Why not? Do you want one? I’ll help you pick it out! Well, it was just a suggestion. No need to get all bent out of shape! I guess I’d better call the truck rental places. What do you mean…0…PLUS mileage? AND Gas? Good grief!
While I’m on the phone I’ll call the utility and phone companies. Yes, I know I haven’t used your services before. No, I don’t have a credit card; this is my first place. You want what? A 0 deposit? For EACH? Holy cow…do you people have a license to steal?
Daddy, I need 0 for moving expenses! I used all my money for the first and last months rent AND the damage deposit. Well, how was I to know this was going to be so expensive? Sell something? Daaaaad…I NEED my TV!
Boy, this place is pretty empty. Maybe I should buy a couch and a chair. Nah…I have my bed. That’ll be good enough. I don’t need a table; I’ll just use this box.
Renters Insurance? I don’t think so! What do I have to insure?
Just got my first phone call! I’d love to come to your party! Daddy, I need a car. Because it’s too far to walk to work, that’s why. Umm, Daddy…there’s car insurance too! Thanks, Dad…you’re the best! And gas? I didn’t think so…
Time for dinner. Let’s look in these boxes. Oh, No! No dishes or pans. No FOOD!
What You Need To Know To Move Yourself
Moving yourself can be a great way to save money–millions of people move this way every year.
While moving yourself is always hard work, a few tips from Budget Truck Rental can make it easier to safely pack and deliver your household possessions:
• Think size. Before renting a truck, consider what size truck you will be needing. A 10-foot? A 16-foot? A 24-foot? A rental representative can help you estimate what size you will need based on how many cubic feet common household items need. For example, a queen-size bed takes approximately 55 cubic feet, while a freezer takes up approximately 45. Total it all up and you’ll know how much space you’ll need.
• Moving big things? Tie bed frames together with tape or rope. Label pieces so they’re easy to remember. Fill drawers with clothes or fragile but well-wrapped items. Cover with blankets or furniture pads and secure with rope.
Remove the legs on a table, pad and tie together. Put nuts and bolts in a bag and tape under tabletop. If you’re moving a washer, stuff towels in between the sides to prevent rotating and tape down moveable parts. Cover with blankets and tie.
• Moving small things? Put your microwave, VCR, etc., into boxes and cushion with crumpled paper. Pack books flat in small cartons and alternate the bindings. Pack fragile items in bubble wrap and tape securely. Pack DVDs and CDs upright and cushion with newspaper. Never stack dishes flat. Wrap each piece in packing paper, then wrap bundles of five with more paper. Pack plates and saucers on edge. Wrap cups and bowls in paper, bundle together, then wrap again. Place around the plates and saucers.
• What about awkward things? Wrap the arms and legs of a chair with bubble wrap. Leave slipcovers on or purchase chair bags for protection. Loosen the handlebars of bicycles and turn them sideways. Cover chains and pedals to keep grease off other items. Roll up rugs and secure with rope or tape. Empty gasoline from lawn mower tanks, check for oil leaks and disconnect spark plugs.
• Remember to load large items into the truck first and put heavy boxes on the bottom.
• Choose the day. It can be cheaper to move midweek (Sunday through Thursday), so check daily rates.
• Get help if you need it. Some truck rental companies offer help packing and loading the truck.