I posted this image on Facebook Friday and the response was hilarious. So many guys showed this one to their wives in an unexpected way. They used me as evidence for the argument of see my patch room could be worse.
This Weekend Is Loaded With Auctions
So you might be curious to know what my wife's thought on this picture is. After I explained to her the reaction she jumped right in. She used it as evidence in one of our long standing misunderstandings. When I buy a collection after a few days or weeks I'll make a comment like "I sold enough to pay for the collection" as a sign I crossed the finish line. Her comeback is always "when is it all going to sold"!
So in many ways this pile is the result of the 80/20 rule. You can interpret that many ways but she is right I typically can sell 20% (the best stuff) out of a collection and make my money back. But the 80% that is uniform parts, neckerchiefs, pins, and other stuff I'm not as interested in seems to end up in a box. Multiply that over 25 years of collecting and this is the inevitable consequence.
In this pile there are probably 100 belt buckles, over a thousand skill awards, hundreds of OA hat pins, a tub of Philmont, two giant tubs of Jamboree etc. I was able to accumulate an entire shoe box of Neal slides and I've nearly filled a similar sized box with the standard BSA metal n/c slides (hopefully my daughter can take those to the WSJ). After I finish (hopefully next week) I will containerize everything and get the table cleared off. Then niche by niche I will organize each container. Good thing the Charlotte TOR is not until April 5-6 so I have some time.
I have launched a batch of 99 cent auctions every night recently and so far I've had two camp patches that took off and sold for more than $10. A lot of collectors have picked up wins with only the minimum bid. I'm happy for the inventory turnover. If I could get $1 for everything in that picture of the giant sort I could retire. :) The fun continues for the rest of February.
The proxy bid off-eBay auction that I mentioned Friday continues and comes to a close Tuesday. You have to register to bid but there is some neat stuff there. I went ahead and got signed up in case I decide that there is something that I could use.
My Boy Scout memorabilia store at
www.ScoutPatchHQ.com is loaded with thousands of patches for sale with free shipping. At launch it features the collection of Marty Wasznicky "the Silverfox Trader" being sold on consignment. Inside you can find Order of the Arrow, National Jamboree and Council Shoulder Patches.