Database Design Query for Computer Shop

I have a query regarding the design of my database in MS Access
There will be parts sold and parts in stock.
Should i have 2 tables SOLD and IN STOCK?
OR should i have one table called STOCK with a YES / NO option under a field called SOLD?

 i will also be using this database for a tool hire program.

Say if a customer returns PART001, can i open a text file called PART001 and
add the customers name to the text file,so i have a history of who took the part and
then i dont need to clutter my database with this info
jxhardingAsked:
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tbsgadiCommented:
How about this...
You Should have

1) Table :Parts
2) Table: Parts Movement -With CustomerID, PartID,Date ,No Parts,MovementType,
3) Table: Customers

MovementType being 1.add to Stock or 2.Sell etc

You certainly shouldn't use the text file...That's what the database is for!!
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jjjtuohyCommented:
This is a basic inventory structure.

1) Parts Table:  Parts_ID, Parts_Type, Parts_in_Stock

2) Customer Table: Customer_ID , Surname, First_name, Address1 etc

3) Transaction Code Table: Transaction_Code, Transaction_Type  (1 Sold, 2 Out of stock 3 Hired etc). This allows future flexibility.... you simply add new codes to this table.

4) Transaction Table: Transaction_ID , Transaction_Code, Date, Parts_ID, Customer_ID, Number_of_Parts, Comments

NOTE:
Parts_ID, Customer_ID, Transaction_ID in their respective originating table are {autonumbered primary key}

John
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jxhardingAuthor Commented:
thanks a lot,will be trying it today
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jxhardingAuthor Commented:
will i be deleting a part from the parts table if it is sold then and just move it
into transaction table?
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jjjtuohyCommented:
Parts table: The Parts_in_Stock field  will decrement as you give out stock and increment as you bring in new stock. It is simply a count of current stock.
Transaction table: There is no moving stuff over or anything like that. the transaction table is precisely that.... a full historical record of every transaction undertaken. From it you can extract the information you require eg All the records relating to a particular customer, all the records in a particulat time period, all records relating to a particular part etc.
John
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