Have you got the car boot bug? Maybe you’re a regular seller at local antique fairs or do you trade on ebay? If so, you will need safe, damp free stock storage.
Some small traders will have adequate stock storage areas in their garage or shed. However, if your out-buildings are full of bikes, your washing machine and tumble dryer, a freezer and your garden equipment, there is unlikely to be too much room for your stock.
You should also remember that your sheds may not be damp free. And if that’s the case, your goods could become damaged and as a result, lose value.
Whether you’re new, a regular or a seasonal trader the answer to your stock storage problems could be to consider a unit at your local self storage centre. After all, if you want the best price for your items, they will need to be in tip-top condition when you come to sell. If you don’t store your stock properly then it may well lose value due to damage, especially where fabrics are concerned.
5 benefits of a self storage unit for your stock
1. Damp free
As long as you wrap, protect and store your goods properly in a storage unit, you will preserve their value. Most self storage centres will have internal and external units. External units will normally be fully lined and insulated and should also benefit from ventilation. That way, your goods stay 100% dry.
2. Peace of mind
Most self storage centres will be fully alarmed with 24 hour CCTV, but not all – always check!. You can also access your storage unit whenever you need to, within the centre’s opening hours. Make sure you check with the site owners whether you will be the ONLY person to have a key.
3. No paying for storage you don’t need
Self storage centres, like Space Centre Self Storage provide you with the flexibility to move without penalty. You’ll only pay for the space you need. So, if you rent a small unit and then find yourself in need of a bigger unit, you can move immediately, without being hit in the pocket.
4. No long term commitment
One of the first questions clients ask, is ‘Will I be locked into a long term rental agreement?’ In many cases the answer is no, which means that for seasonal or short term traders self storage is ideal. But make sure you ask the question, it’s not the case for everyone.
5. Free Insurance
Self storage centres normally provide free insurance up to a certain value. Many will also help with additional insurance if it’s needed. Always check with the site owners what is and isn’t covered by the insurance policy, especially if dealing in antiques or valuables.
If you live in the North Bristol or Gloucestershire areas of south west England and are planning a to stock up in readiness for the summer boot sales and fairs give us a call.
If you’re planning on making the most of the car boot and fair season, as a buyer or a seller, here are some good sites for finding out what’s on where.
Are you a seasoned car booter or market trader? If you’ve got any good advice about stock storage for anyone thinking of starting out, why not share it here?
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