Organizing Your Flatware Inventory ~ Flippin’ Flatware Part Three

Hello everyone! I think I’ve been putting off writing Part 3 since organization is NOT my forte. My flatware inventory organization system was totally outgrown and not working.
But life has been busy! I’ve been trying out selling directly on Instagram with fairly good results, keeping up with the kids and just normal life stuff. The weather has been great here in the PNW, (summer weather already!) and so we’ve been outside more than normal (…away from the computer). Okay, now that my excuses are out of the way…let me show you my progress. It’s better than nothing since I’m not sure when I’ll be totally done.
See Part 1 and Part 2 of the Flippin’ Flatware Series here:
Stainless Flatware Brands to Flip ~ Flippin’ Flatware Part One
How to Identify Your Stainless Flatware Pattern ~ Flippin’ Flatware Part Two

So basically what I did was buy a bunch of shoebox size plastic bins in two different colors. I started off with the blue ones and made rudimentary labels. I so want to pick up a little Dymo or Brother labeler…but I haven’t done the research yet. I’m hoping to thrift one!!
The blue bins are all my LISTED flatware items. I took over a cabinet that had been put in my closet but wasn’t being used efficiently…it was holding linens…but there will be a new linen cabinet installed elsewhere in the house so we’ll get that all sorted out.

My plan for the white bins..which I’m still working on is to have similar bins to the blue ones..but for unlisted flatware.
Sometimes pieces in a certain pattern aren’t worth listing until you get more than one or at least 3 or 4. I need  a place to hold them where I can find them again. So when I get more, I actually know that I already have some!
I also have a few sets of smaller drawer type bins that will hold the singles or pairs that get listed. Because some pieces are definitely worth listing singly!
For example…sterling!

This is my 3rd piece of sterling silver flatware I found recently…either thrown into the bins at Goodwill or hanging in a bag at Value Village. You just never know. 

So that’s my system. Can’t wait to get it fully implemented…it’ll make me feel a whole lot better about everything. Plus I can just grab a white bin when I need to list..and see what’s ready to go.

Stay tuned for a Spoils of Thrift post tomorrow or Monday…found something fun that already sold!! And a story of how offering great customer service can just be rewarding for everyone!
Thanks for reading!

12 thoughts on “Organizing Your Flatware Inventory ~ Flippin’ Flatware Part Three”

  1. Thank you so much for sharing your flatware knowledge! How do you normally ship a single piece of flatware? Do you have special size box just for it?

  2. Nope! Padded mailers are our best friends! Hubby usually wraps the piece in paper, then foam wrap or bubble wrap, then into a padded mailer. If there is more than one piece, he definitely wraps each piece in paper so they don't scratch against each other. You'd be amazed at how much flatware you can fit in a Priority Padded Flat Rate Mailer too. We fit whole sets in those. The small flat rate boxes are nice too.

  3. I may have missed you already saying this but how do you identify sterling silver flatware? Or silver-plate? Thanks for this series it's been really helpful.

  4. No, you didn't miss it. 🙂 Sterling will usually be marked "Sterling", if it's American. Sterling from other countries will have hallmarks..that is a huge subject in itself. But if you have a piece of flatware that looks silver…and it says Reed and Barton or Oneida Community or something like that…that'll be plated. My example above says "Sterling" and then some marks for "Reed & Barton" that I had to look up.

  5. Nice. I have a similar system for the shoes I sell on eBay. For my flatware, I also have shoeboxes, but they’re kind of random. Some patterns I have grouped together in ziplocks inside the boxes, but I usually have to play a game of “shuffle the boxes” to find anything.

    1. my system needs a bit of an overhaul…but so far it’s held steady. Some brands I had to move into bigger boxes…but I do usually have to dig a bit before I can find what sold, lol

  6. I stumbled onto your series about a year ago and it has really gotten me hooked on flatware! I keep returning to tune up my knowledge, and am so grateful. Question for you re: storage. I buy mostly stainless, but now and then I pick up some silverplate. I store all of it together in plastic bins or drawers. How can I keep the silver from tarnishing? I don’t want to spend a lot on fancy silver cloth bags or boxes.

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