Sunday, October 4, 2015
I survived the East Coast monsoon this weekend although by my count its really on about week #2 of rain over here. I can't say the same for my favorite college football team. But the good news is that while I was listening to the radio broadcast of the play-by-play I got about 100 new patches listed in my story. You have to look on the sunny side of things some times.
Don't you love it when a seller who doesn't have a clue hides what could be some really good patches in the picture? The lot that is first up in this block is a great example. Click over and see if you can tell what is under those red felt 1940s troop numbers - might be something good! And don't miss clicking on the nice 1944 Eagle Scout collection pictured below.
The Mazasha listed below was one of those flaps that was kinda legendary for me growing up. I think in my first few years of collecting somebody told me about it and I remained intrigued. A few years back at a NOAC TOR I was able to purchase the S1 and put it in my collection. I even designed a flap for my lodge using those wooden letters but it didn't make it through the meeting when the votes were counted.
I have an interesting dilemma as a Santee 116 collector myself. We made 200 jacket patches for the Centennial and they cost something like $28 to buy fresh out of the lodge box. So it's disappointing to see one on eBay that the seller is trending to lose money on if he can sell it. Is there just a limit to what people will pay for a newly issued patch no matter how big it is?
To lead off this email I mentioned that as the Gamecocks dropped to 2-3 on the season I got more cloth in my eBay store. My focus was on 2015 NOAC and centennial pieces and now I've got over 250 unique pieces in my store. You can see what is freshly launched by clicking this link to my eBay store at www.patchblanket.com
Friday, October 2, 2015
I went by today to pay what will probably be my last month's rent at my Lumberton antique mall booth. I anticipate pulling the stuff by the end of October. Until then I've got a 50% off sale trying to clean the shelves a bit. Now that I'm teaching school again I simply don't have the time needed to devote to stocking shelves and giving this proper attention.
There are any number of great picks in this block including the Area 12a Conference patch that is over $400. That tops out the nice Beaver Caldwell pin that probably has a ton of watchers. I'm also keeping an eye on that nice square MB sash.
I've got a lot of reference books for the hobby but I don't know if I've got a Wab book. The one pictured here is a repro but it's still going for nearly $50 so I guess I'm not the only person that likes having a well stocked shelf of these classics.
The Wide-Crimped sash pictured below is a great example of why it's so hard to complete a collection of these rare late 1930s era style. You typically see the same dozen or so MBs on most sashes and the elusive ones never come around.
This week my 25% sale in my eBay store is on District Activity pps. I've got over 800 of these over on Patchblanket.com. As you can see by these links I've also got a nice collection of OA conclaves.
Thursday, October 1, 2015
Today I've got a new Hot Finds Partner in the email. Nick Wolf was on my podcast a while back and I've been meaning to give him some recognition for supporting my brand. If any other eBay powersellers are looking to get some advertising in the Hot Finds shoot me an email.
That must be one of the more common Caldwell pins because the bidding has not really taken off. I learned from John Ortt that gold is better than silver so it isn't at the bottom of the pile but maybe a lot of lodges used that bird.
If you have not checked out my 2015 NOAC listings
be sure to click over to the store category where I've got them up as BINS.
That nice farm records square certainly could earn a spot in my collection if I was in the market. Right now I'm trying to pay down some bills before I start picking up needs for my collection.
As part of my eBay store strategy I am running occasional sales in certain store categories. This weeks I've got over 800 district activity patches reduced 25%.
My Lumberton antique mall booth is in close out mode as I've got things marked down 50% off. I assume by the end of October I will have pulled out of that store. It's a shame because it wasn't until I expanded my booth that I ran into problems with my sales not keeping pace with my monthly bill.