Sunday, September 25, 2016
I don't think I ever got to meet Cal Holden in person but he casts a large shadow in the Girl Scout collecting circles. He is now long gone home but many people there had copies of his reference work and several told me stories about his epic collection. I talked with some of the folks there about trying to get more collector friendly stuff published up on the web and that's in the works. Most importantly for me I now know the difference between light green broadcloth and pinstripe fabric (ha ha inside joke).
Today's OA block has several really nice pieces from the South featured. Check out the 118 round below because the cloth that it's sewn on cant' be a neckerchief but I surely don't know what it was used for - maybe a table cloth?
For the first time ever I sold a Girl Scout item at the TOR (and probably let it go for a pittance of what was worth). But the good part of this was when I came home my wife did see some cash in my wallet so she judged the whole adventure not to be a total waste of time. Two weeks from now I will be attending the Columbus, OH show and I better pull off the same results or else.
Over on eBay I've got just shy of 200 live auctions running on all new material that I've been posting. Much of this is from a collection I'm selling on consignment that has OA and Jamboree pieces in it.
Friday, September 23, 2016
The sort of generic thing I hear Boy Scout collectors say about our sisters on the other side of the aisle is that it's a smaller hobby and things don't sell for as much. All of that is true but maybe for some specific reasons. The GSofA doesn't have an honor society (shout out to you WWW) with lodges that print out highly collectible sets several times a year. They also haven't held a jamboree style event in more than 50 years so you don't all the memorabilia that comes with that. Simply put GS collectors tend to be broad focused because there isn't as much out there to collect whereas BS collectors have to narrowly niche down or else you'd run out of money in a skinny minute.
I expect to see Randy Holden (who is flying in from NJ) and I believe he is focused on camp patches. I know a lady at the show has an entire well full of dolls. My focus is proficiency badges (ie Merit Badges). The problem here is the one from the teens were literally brought over the pond by Juliette Gordon Low herself so the first ones are impossible. Even among GS collectors going back into the teens to get stuff for your collection is a steep challenge. But after that my collection tends to look pretty good and I hope to fill lots of holes this weekend.
A few of you might be wondering where is my daughter in all this. Well she is going to the show with me on Saturday. So far the collecting bug doesn't appear to be in her DNA (I swear she's mine!). I've rented two tables and so at the least she will help me man the tables because even if she isn't obsessed with patches she does like money.
This week I shot my first unboxing video in the "patch cave". I may even try shooting some video this weekend if I can find some willing people to put on camera. The last time I was there a lady named Susan put on a great seminar on the history of the patches and I recorded it and posted it to YouTube.
Tuesday, September 20, 2016
I apologize to everyone for sending out the military collectors issue to this list yesterday. Usually about 1/year I am distracted and click the wrong box when I prepare the newsletter. I heard back from you and rest assured it won't happen again (until the next time I'm distracted - no just kidding!)
Today i get to open a consignment box that I got from the mailbox yesterday. If I can figure out the best way to shoot a video in the "patch cave" I will make an un-boxing video. I'm doing a little consignment on collections that are too big for me to outright purchase and this one has been a lot of fun as the Scouter was a rabid National Jamboree trader for about 20+ years.
The sketch book below is signed by B-P and would be a really cool piece to have. The seller has a feedback rating of "2". I know eBay has buyer protection and all that but I would be worried about buying something that good from a newbie. More likely he is not a newbie and had to start fresh with a new account.
My eBay store is growing by the week. I think I'm up to about 7,400 items now on my march to taking advantage of the 10k that eBay gives me for "free" with the anchor store subscription. You can see what I've got up by clicking this link to my store.