Thursday, July 30, 2015
The SUV is mostly packed and it looks I might even have room for my hitchhiker. I am giving a staff member a ride up but hey it's not everyday that you have E. Urner Goodman along for the ride. Well at least that is his rather infamous Twitter handle where he tweets as only the founder would. Those coming to the TSPA bbq can meet him aka Chris King.
I need to make some money to pay bills so you won't see me making videos and running around everywhere interviewing people at this event. I've got three tables at the big show and I'll be glued behind them selling cloth some come find me!
It is funny how some of the spoof sets live on years later. I found a couple of "southern" varieties on eBay and stuck them in here for fun.
With the cost of uniforms it is not surprising that there is a brisk business on eBay to resell and buy them.
I hope to see many of you over the next week. My next issue will be published from MI!
Monday, July 27, 2015
As I suspected there was not an unlimited buy what you want Centennial flap. Santee 116 has sorta settled on order sizes of 300 patches as being just about right considering many of our events draw less than 100 people. Obviously with that order size the leadership then has to put a cap on how many each person can get to make sure they get distributed fairly.
I was a little surprised that the NOAC sets were similarly limited. Obviously I am in favor of giving the boys something to trade at NOAC with a reasonable priced and plentiful set. However, again the order was for 300 of the "trader" set which likely means they will be a little hard to find. However, the lodge contingent has 22 people so there may be some floating around in MI.
This was probably the single most prolific weekend in lodge history for the store. Adding to the already mentioned issues were two activity patches and a pair of new jacket patches. One of these is the 100th anniversary issue which measures 15" across. It is a monster! The same design was used for the OA Centennial flap and the 5-patch activity set for the 2015 anniversary year.
Last night I got everything mentioned in this newsletter photographed and a blog post on CarolinaOA.com written up to share the news. You can check it out with longer explanations, Blue Book id#s and pictures at Santee 116 Centennial Issues Are Out!.
Tuesday, July 7, 2015
This week I reached a major personal milestone on eBay. My eBay store at www.Patchblanket.com went over 9,000 live items. I have nearly completed rolling everything over from the store I shut down. This week the push has been over 1600 shoulder strips including FOS, JSP and more. Before NOAC the project will be complete and the total should be over 10,000.
As I've said before I'm the crash test dummy in this hobby for trying websites, stores, and other ways to play with patches on the Internet. My most recent experiment is re-purposing my .url website address ScoutPatchHQ.com. Since I retired the large store that I was building there I now have that address pointing to a micro-store that sits on my Facebook business page. When I say "micro" think like 6 items.
So what I'm experimenting with this time is a long dreamed of solution for patch collectors....a Facebook store. I needed a place to list the Scout Patch Collectors OA centennial patch and it made sense to group it with the older patches issued for the group. So instead of giving people a complicated explanation of how to land on the "shop tab" of my business page I now have that linked in when you click on the .url ScoutPatchHQ.com.
So the next question some of you want to know is how is it going? Should I build my own Facebook store? Well let me say this. On the days that I didn't have a link pinned to the top of the Facebook group my traffic count was "0". That's a sad statistic. Nobody is going to visit a Facebook store buried on your business page unless you are willing to constantly promote it (possibly to the annoyance of others).
The other problem is that the layout doesn't really lend itself to lots of categories and lots of items for sale. I've got just enough items listed so that they all show on the front page of the store and that's probably the best set up in my opinion. If you decide to experiment with a FB store let me know how it goes.