Tips on Taking InventoryAbout collecting ...
CLEANING UP & CLEANING OUT!
Putting the fun back into collecting
If you are like us, you are resolved to organize your life and your home this year. And for many of us, organizing our beloved collections usually ranks at the top of our 'Need To Do' lists!
If you have never inventoried your collection, do not panic! Again, start small. Try starting by going room to room, corner to corner identifying items and adding them to your inventory. With the Collectibles Database, it's easy to move between different collections so while it's not necessary to tackle one collection at a time, some do choose that approach. Whatever you do, it is not recommended to empty all your shelves all into one room and work through the pile until it's done. Doing it that way could make the task even more overwhelming, not to mention put a panic through others in your home who had no idea you had so many!!!
CLEAN AS YOU GO
As you are touching the items, it's a good time to clean them before putting them back. Once you have completed your inventory, keep items you are not using in a cool, dry place. It is also a good idea to save your product cards and care instructions. These items can easily be stored in a Recipe Basket or in a plastic container with a lid.
MAKE IT FUN
Everyone knows it's more fun when you invite a friend! Who do you know that could join you in this task? Someone who also collects? A good friend who would enjoy the stories behind each purchase? Maybe the Consultant or Dealer who knows you well? Maybe agree to help with their collection once yours is finished. Many hands make light work and fun memories in the process!
Now that you have an accurate listing of what Longaberger products you have, give a copy of the inventory to your insurance agent. Your collectibles are assets and should be protected under your homeowner’s insurance, or may need an additional rider to your policy. See FAQ: INSURANCE TIPS under 'About Collecting'.
BUY, SELL OR TRADE?
It may also be a great time to get rid of any items you no longer use or need. Why not consider having a tag sale or begin selling items online? Not only will you make room for new products, you may also earn a little extra cash!
While not always necessary, it may be a good idea to get into the habit of revisiting your inventory at least once a year. If your inventory doesn't change each year, then you're probably okay to revisit every other year. But with a Collectibles Database Online account, it's always good to log in, review a report, and modify as needed and run a new back-up. Since the market values are updated automatically, if there are no changes, all you need to do for insurance is print a new report and send it over to your agent. If you do not have an online account with us, be sure to keep a duplicate copy of whatever inventory list you have created in a safe place that can be easy accessed and modified as needed.