Tuesday, September 1, 2015
I must be doing something right. I got two boxes in over the weekend from people I've done business in the past looking to sell me stuff. It's always nice when people send stuff on preview. I am not buying huge collections these days but I'm always looking for new stuff.
I am setting up an 8' table in the garage tomorrow night to start organizing some new frames for the fall. My work space in my home office is still recovering from NOAC so I need to start fresh with a place to organize and label. First up is sorting my merit badge needs against a group that was sent to me by a friend in the upstate. Next up will probably be OA names/numbers.
I don't know if the Wab book below is a reprint or the real deal. I'm not sure I have an original edition myself. I did however get another copy of the Arapahoe with the most recent collection I got in. I can never get enough of these resource books. The other night I was reading Prince Watkins book from the late 1970s cover to cover.
We had our Girl Scouts parents meeting tonight at the church. It looks like it's going to be a strong year. We have five camping trips planned between now and May including a trip to the Outer Banks of NC to see the ponies. The girls have been after us to take that trip for a few years so next spring we will punch that ticket.
The good thing about running so many live auctions is it does draw eyes into my eBay store which has 9,000+ fixed priced listings waiting. You can always see what I've got by going to the website address www.Patchblanket.com.
Sunday, August 30, 2015
I hope you get a chance to go through today's issue and see all the unique auctions that I've featured. There is a great mix of the old and the new!
I had a friend send me a Facebook message from an estate sale yesterday asking me if I thought the price was right on a group of Scouting stuff. I responded late so I don't know how it turned out yet isn't it amazing how technology has changed the art of "digging" up this stuff.
I've sold a few of that very generic white background set and they have done really well. The other things that have done well are special issue patches that feature the same patch design as the standard one for the conference. Hindsight is 20/20 but I should have traded for more of those.
I have been featuring a lot of WJ items in this block and have been hit with a dilemna. One of my trusted readers has shared that a handful of sellers he suspects (strongly) of having made up all sorts of WJ fakes (not spoofs) and trading them at the event. Therefore, he is asking that I don't put any of there items in the newsletter. I'm going to oblige him going forward but in general it's about impossible from my computer to police who got what from where.
Price on new stuff is a very tricky subject. One of my colleagues and it now seems rivals in the patch business puts the price on a new two-piece flap set at $20. I've been following an auction strategy on all my stuff with the min bid at $14.95. My fascination with auctions is that I tend to think the market will sort it out and the good stuff will sell for more. So for that reason I've still got over 400 live auctions running on NOAC stuff.
Sunday, August 30, 2015
The big news for this issue is that I've updated the TOR calendar with more than a dozen shows added over the last two weeks. I feature that list every Friday and the new ones are highlighted in orange text.
There are some intriguing picks in this block. The infamous "nut" is featured here for merit badge collectors (that would be Fruit and Nut Culture MB). Luckily I've got that one already in my book. That is a neat lot of Neal slides lined up below and with the recent announcement that Scouts can wear neckerchiefs with their Class B's there could be a renaissance for neckers!
Almost a month after NOAC and the red sashes are still changing hands on the auction boards. I guess it's just a really good souvenir piece that people want to "put up". I think that item was unique enough where even the closet adults who don't claim to be collectors want one.
I know that the competition for a spot on the 2019 WJ IST or contingent will be stiff. My daughter will technically be old enough but likely would not have been a Venture Scout for long enough to push to the front of the line. Of course this assumes that she will go for Venturing but our time camping with the Girl Scouts has worked out well so I think I've got a decent shot at getting her in a forest green uniform shirt when the time comes.
My eBay store at www.Patchblanket.com continues to feature auctions on 2015 NOAC pieces. I did some heavy duty trading up there and came home with a bunch of dupes that I'm still running on the 5-day cycle.