Friday, March 24, 2017
Late last night I went to the drawing board with my Charlotte TOR floor plan. I kept getting phone calls and a couple checks in the mail for people wanting tables. Fortunately we sold out over a month ago but how do you turn down good folks in the hobby. You don't! So I started playing Jenga with the tables to see if I could squeeze everyone in. So after adding 7 more tables I was able to work in several new collectors.
I face a dilemma tonight that intersects 2 of my passions. My original plans were to drive up to the NC Girl Scout Collectors Show for a few hours and walk around with my daughter and possibly one of her troop mates. Then my alma mater decided to bust everyone's brackets and end up in the Sweet 16 for the first time. Even my wife wants us to all sit on the couch tonight and watch a basketball game together as a family. Folks that has never happened! She doesn't even watch the Super Bowl. So I might be wearing Garnet and Black tonight and rooting on the SC Gamecocks versus Baylor instead of chatting with the ladies at the GS show.
Do any of you have a trade-o-ree freak out (my wife's term) the week before an event. You want to get everything organized for your tables and just right. I'm messing with uniforms, putting OA patches in albums, figuring out a way to display mugs and neckerchief slides - yep it's a patch freak out!
This is my relist week for eBay auctions. Over the course of March I had accumulated probably 200+ auctions that didn't sell the first go around so I've relaunched them for one more run on eBay.
Tuesday, March 21, 2017
I got a very helpful PowerPoint from Tripp Clark for a class that he created with input from others. However, whereas his was a little more of the "how" to collect patches my talk leaned towards the "why". Facing an audience of Generation Z (did you you know that's what anyone born since 1996 is called) I tried to spark an interest there.
Soon after publishing today's newsletter I'm going to polish up and launch a Facebook Ad campaign to get folks living within 100 miles of Charlotte to come to the show. All the serious collectors have heard about the event but I'm hoping that through some targeted Facebook ads I can reach the regular Scouters that don't know.
My son Patrick sat in on the class. During the early part I rolled out my personal campfire blanket that has all the patches I've earned and events attended. Instead of being impressed with the badges he blurts out "is that blanket soft?". Patrick has a thing about blankets so his interest was in whether it would be good for sleeping.
With 10 days to go before the TOR I'm still launching new auctions up on eBay. I'm going to be burning the candle late into the night for the next several days trying to get everything ready.
Sunday, March 19, 2017
At the lodge event patch trading was actually on the schedule Friday and Saturday night. In addition Tim Hellaby II ran a class Saturday on how to design patches. It was pretty neat to see some younger buy as crazy about thread as I am.
I will try and post all this up on CarolinaOA.com later in the week but one really interesting item was approved by the youth. Our council Jamboree contingent is combined with the Georgia/Carolina Council this year. There is going to be a joint flap issued with both Santee 116 and Bob White 87. The boys on our side approved the flap and down in Augusta, GA they were doing the same at their fellowship.
Santee Lodge is also one of those that is taking a serious look at bringing back the OBV flap system after the national ban was lifted in December. The lodge rules and by-laws will have to be amended so this might be a drawn out process but it has momentum.
Up on eBay I've got 158 auctions running with a bunch that end tomorrow night. Many of these are consignment pieces that are from National and World Jamborees.