Sunday, December 4, 2016
Thursday I'm putting up a display at my district banquet with Scouting memorabilia to help promote the Charlotte TOR. The question now is what to put up? I've got a pretty good local lodge collection but outside of OA what appeals to your typical Scouter? Would this be a good year to mount a Jamboree display with paper and patches going back to 1935?
I've been watching the auction for the Red sash below and the results so far are pretty impressive. Maybe because it's for a good cause or maybe because it's just that rare this one is worth a look.
The red neckerchief from the 1975 WJ is approaching $1k in bidding. I have no idea if its a small subcamp or something even more unique than that. Guys who went to this event would be in their late 50s early 60s so they probably have some money to spend.
Over on eBay I've got 87 live auctions and they are all old camp and council neckerchiefs. All the starting bids are less than $9 which seems like a good price point to reunite these pieces to a Scout who would appreciate them.
Friday, December 2, 2016
I have been trying to think outside the box to promote the Charlotte TOR on March 31-April 1. It's been nearly 20 years since there was a Trade-O-Ree in this council. The metro area has about 2.5 million people and Scouting is very strong in this part of the woods. So our #1 push is to get publicity to the local crowd to boost the walk in traffic. I think we can get some Mecklenburg County table renters as well.
To me the target audience is the key volunteers in the council who can then "tell a friend" through the Scouting grapevine. To that end I reached out to leaders of the three districts that make up the council and offered to donate a box of door prize items for the District banquets that are coming up next Thursday. I am attending the one for my part of Charlotte and I'm also setting up a table top display of Scouting memorabilia. I've reached out for the council banquet in February and am hoping to help them with some door prizes. Have you ever met a Scouter that wouldn't appreciate a 50+ year old Boy Scout handbook?
On an episode of Scouting Hot Finds Radio I interviewed John Ryan who runs the Capitol City TOR in Texas. He runs merit badge classes during his show to make it a very Scout friendly event. Taking a page out of his book we have a counselor who is going to teach Scouting Heritage and am working on one to do Collections MB. I think with literally dozens of troops within a 20 minute drive of the church I think we can pull a lot of parents and Scouts to this show.
Even though I'm running a sale on my fixed price items all week I've been launching first run new items up for auction with 124 live now. I have been throwing up a dozen neckerchiefs every night this week with many of them being 40+ year old camp pieces.
Wednesday, November 30, 2016
Now that we are over the hump of Cyber this and Black that it will be interesting to watch the category and see how it ridges out the holiday season. Typically it slows down a little but not nearly as much as the summer doldrums. Of course with a Jamboree year this summer won't be a sleeper on eBay.
I got to messaging back and forth yesterday with a young collector looking for some advice. When I referenced something that was covered in Thread Heads he replied he had never heard of it. Well although it's been on the shelf for 18 months now this was a 10 episode video talking heads show that I did with Brad England for the Scout patch collecting hobby.
Thread Heads was actually not the first time I played around with this talking head video chat show format. To support CarolinaOA.com I recorded several shows with Hank Birdsong in a format we called Cloth Talk 2.0. All together we recorded 10 episodes mostly dealing with local topics but eventually expanding out in the later episodes.
You never really know what the best strategy on eBay is but over the last month I've been trying out a new one. Most sellers batch their stuff and shoot their load all at once putting everything for the week up on a certain day. I'm experimenting with a drip technique where I'm posting about 10 new auctions every night so I've constantly got stuff ending and new stuff going up. In the very least its kept me more consistent on eBay.