For the longest time I struggled to find a good way to store my greeting card inventory. I started out keeping my cards stacked in these, but cards kept getting caught up and crushed as I slid the drawers open and closed. The drawers could only hold about 40 of each card, so I had to keep extra inventory stored in chalkboard boxes (pictured below). The boxes were hard to access and made it difficult to know when I needed to reorder cards.
After over a year of brainstorming, I think I finally have the solution! I wanted to share it just in case any other small paper goods businesses out there are stuck on this too, because googling was no help at all.
Five months ago I ordered a whole bunch of Ikea Billy bookcases with glass doors. A few weeks ago they were finally all delivered and undamaged. Dealing with Ikea was a bit of a nightmare (hence the 5 month delivery time). It turns out their customer service is about as good as Time Warner Cable’s, but I had to suck it up since there’s nobody else that can match their prices.
I lined the shelves with these cardboard bins, which are perfectly sized to fit my standard 5″ x 7″ greeting cards and 3.5″ x 5″ notecards. I spent hours searching the internets to find bins or baskets that were the right size and inexpensive. I was positively giddy when I stumbled across these! I even labeled the bins with labels that coordinate with each card’s designated envelope color.
Now I can see at a glance when I need reorder a card, and it’s so easy to grab what I need when I’m filling orders. Shipping all those Valentine’s Day cards the past few weeks was a breeze compared to the mess it used to be!
The glass doors on the bookcases will protect my cards from dust and humidity, and just look at all those empty boxes waiting to be filled with new designs!