As a home stager with a large inventory of staging items built up over the last three years, there comes a time to decide on what stock needs to be sold off and what needs to be retained in order to remain fresh and fund new purchases
It is a hard process, generally speaking the stock you buy to grow your home staging inventory is kind of like an extension of you and your own tastes combined with your skill in choosing items that will appeal to the widest selection of homes. The thought of getting rid of some elements of this stock can be difficult because you have put so much work into collecting it, you have seen it styled and staged and looking brilliant in someone's home.
But there does come a time when table corners get knocked out square, vases get stains, linen yellows from the UV exposure, sofas mark and scratch and you have to make the decision to let some items go in order to continue to collect new stock that will leave your inventory uplifted.
There is nothing worse than seeing a home stagers work and recognising the sofa, artwork and console table from the last three jobs they did in their portfolio page of their website. Keeping stock fresh and reducing the rotation of certain items will allow you to broaden your portfolio without replicating images from job to job.
Buying new or used accessories that have not been used in your staging provides a terrific way to freshen your home staging and styling look too.
But back to the furniture. I have found that after three years of use, my inventory is showing signs of needing to be retired and I will be looking to have a sale outside my warehouse (once summer in Tasmania arrives). This will be the best way to reduce damaged stock which has never been used as such, in fact all my mattresses are still covered in the original plastic!
While second furniture prices are not great, they have generally paid for themselves once or twice over so any price in selling them is of value to me.
Would be interested in experiences of any other home stagers on what their process is to remove older stock from the inventory.