Sunday, October 23, 2016
Well here is a first for me. In about 10 days I'm jumping on an airplane to fly out and pick up a collection to sell on consignment. The return trip is via a rented mini-van. I've bought several collections and normally just rely on the person shipping it to me but this time the circumstances just didn't work out. I've been very busy on eBay lately but I guess I'm about to burn some more candles working at night.
I always get in trouble when I write about something that I plan to do next week but here goes. For OA collectors the trend I've seen is for people to research and publish individual lodge memorabilia books. I've done this twice for my home lodge and I haven't updated that work since 2010. With my Fall Fellowship scheduled for the last weekend of the month I want to get that 3rd edition finished. This one will be published as a free PDF so everyone who's interested can have it. The idea is just to preserve the history and spread the knowledge
I spend a lot of time on Facebook and continue to see people sharing pictures of their collections. I think this is a great avenue to do that as people can comment and share the images. The more people are willing to share those things stashed away in a closet or in a box the more this hobby can be sustained and perhaps new interest developed.
Right now on eBay I have 275+ live auctions with many of those being first time runs. As I'm listing from several different groupings this includes a lot of variety from old activity patches to Jamboree flaps and more.
Friday, October 21, 2016
I think I saw that sash pictured below at the Ohio TOR but I could be mistaken about that. It's been a while since I added any merit badges to my collection but I'm still keeping tabs on prices and what hits eBay in that niche.
Every so often one lodge kinda heats up and things from there go for higher than their historical average. That is certainly the case with Sioux #62 as I've been watching eBay lately. Maybe there is new collector with cash getting serious in the hobby or maybe it's just Region 9 collectors bidding each other up.
Thursday I got hundreds of auctions ready so I can keep up a steady diet of listing. I've been averaging 20-30 auctions launching every night and it's been fun to hear the cha-ching every evening when they all end. Last night I was in Wal-Mart with my volume set at 100% when the eBay APP went nuts. That was a little embarrassing but it's still a good sound!
You can see by this block that I've got a real mix of stuff up for bids on eBay. Old activity patches, newer Jamboree flaps and JSPs, including last night I was launching World Jamboree contingent patches. You can check this link to see all my live auction on eBay.
Thursday, October 20, 2016
I hope one of the things that readers enjoy about the Hot Finds is that I try and pick a very eclectic mix of auctions to feature every issue. So I like to mix in some International pieces that are probably not on your eBay watch list.
I came home from the Columbus TOR with a notebook full of flaps from the 1980s-90s. Rather than strip them out and put them up on eBay I've decided to just scan them and call them $5 each (with free shipping). You can click the image link and see all the flaps which number a little over 100 issues. If you see one you want to grab just send me an email and I'll pull it for you.
Last weekend I purchased a 2017 planner (yes I still like to write down dates even with an iPhone) and the first thing I marked was the Jamboree. However, next summer I have two Jamborees to attend. I'll be at the Summit for the Girl Scout Jamboree on June 28- July 2 and then again later in June for the National Jamboree.
I've had some good success selling off a box of really old event patches that I've had for some time. You can see some of them linked in here and if you want to catch the auctions ending soon click this link Patchblanket.com.