Origami Owl Independent Designers have plenty of options with regards to how they run their business. Some Designers carry very little product, some carry a large amount. Regardless of how much inventory you as an Independent Designer decide to carry (if any), keeping it organized and orderly is key! When you’re at a Jewelry Bar or a craft show/event and someone asks you if you have a certain item, you’ll want to be able to access that product quickly and efficiently and determine whether or not you have it. Losing a sale to someone who has to have the product immediately and later finding out you could have helped that customer is a tough feeling. Knowing what product you have and what you don’t is one key to success with Origami Owl and getting organized is the best path to that success.
Organized Origami Owl Product
Designers always ask me how I keep my product organized and what I used to transport it. I’ve gone through a variety of methods and carrying containers, storage containers, etc. but one theme has held through all of them: organization. So how do you keep organized and what’s the best $25 I’ve ever spent?
Yep, you guessed it. A label maker. The one pictured is the exact one I have and it’s made by Brother. It’s called a P-touch. I’m not sure if they still make this kind/brand so don’t drive to five different places looking for it. Any label maker will do, really, but check to see what kind of functions you may want, what size labels the label maker takes and how big you want the label maker to be. As with all things, there are a variety of brands, styles and sizes with prices running from $20-$100.
Origami Owl Chains and Plate Organization
Once you’ve decided upon and purchased your label maker, it’s time to put it to use. I might suggest you purchase one or two extra cartridges of tape as once you get going, you can go through the tape pretty quick. As far as how to organize your product, everyone is a little different. If you have a “Container Store” near you, you might want to check it out. I got the following organizer there and it holds all of my chains and my locket bases and faces.
This organizers comes in several smaller sizes so I suggest you choose what size fits for the amount of product you carry. Also pictured are some coupon/index card organizers that I purchased at Staples to use for my plates. Inside each organizer, I wrote on the tabs which plates go where and they are all alphabetized.
Please realize that no one expects you to carry any amount of inventory and I don’t recommend carrying as much as I have pictured until after you become successful with your business. That being said, regardless of what you carry, keeping it organized is key. Origami Owl now has almost 800 product SKU’s and while that’s super exciting from a product standpoint, it can be overwhelming if you don’t stay on top of it.
Origami Owl lockets and CORE Organization
Home improvement stores are also a good place to look for organizers. Generally speaking there are plenty of options in the hardware sections that can be used for nails, screws, and other such hardware items. These items can also be great to organize your product. Pictured below are organizers that I use for my lockets and CORE items. They were purchased from Home Depot and the boxes lock together. A set of two boxes runs $10 or so at my local stores.
These boxes are of course clearly labeled as well so that at a glance I know what product is where. I also do my best to label items according to the order they are in inside the catalog to make it even easier as well. Although I can’t guarantee that I carry every item a customer may need, I can guarantee that it will be easy for me to find whether or not I carry it based upon my label maker and my style of organization.
I hope that regardless of the size and scope of your Origami Owl business that it’s successful and that you end up benefiting from this post. As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to email me at Heather@OwlAboutCharms.com The holidays bring about many more opportunities for vendor events and shows and my next post will talk about tips and tricks to a successful vendor set-up, especially those that are held outdoors! Stay tuned for that post later this week/weekend!