Last night I uploaded about 135 flaps to an album that features $5 mint OA flaps with free shipping. Selling in the Facebook group is a bit of a challenge because it involves multiple messages back and forth to complete a deal. However, I've tried to take the drama out of dealing with people on there by offering flat easy pricing. Sorta like in the old days when people shopped for cars at Saturn - no haggle pricing.
Vintage Boy Scout Memorabilia Up First
The Friday issue is always a bit of a trick because my choices are limited to just 2 days (FRI, SAT) and those are not typically the all-star days for auctions. Therefore, the things I find to feature are sometimes a little off-the-wall and unique. I think this block has some of those which have not been picked up on your standard eBay searches.
As I've been sorting boxes there is one idea/dilemma that I keep coming back to. Does it make sense to maintain 3 different inventories. Obviously 1 for my eBay listings but how about another smaller group for TOR tables and then another separate one strictly for trading at events (where selling is a no-no). Sorta the thought is if you have 5 of the same patch do you put 3 on eBay and toss the other 2 patches for the other traveling inventories.
It seems like I've tried this idea before and I usually get frustrated that the opportunities to hit TORs are few and far between. Which means that my items set apart for that purpose rarely see the light of day. As for trading in person other than a national event those amount to maybe a handful of weekends per year. I guess if I was one of those guys that went to a two TORs per month all across the country this would be a moot debate in my head.
Although I'm not always decisive when it comes to my patches there is one decision that I'm sticking with. The first things to get offered up from the NYC collection I brought home are going to be the odd neckerchiefs. Mostly because they are from all over but also because they take up a lot of room! I'm launching about a dozen every night up for bids.
I've enjoyed seeing the many traders in the Facebook Group talking about their cyber sales trying to get caught up in the spirit of people opening their wallets this time of year. I don't know if that's how it works but I've never faulted anybody for being an eager beaver in this hobby. I'd rather spend $ on patches than buying lamps at Pier One anyday.
Yours in Scouting,
Jason Spangler Santeeswapper LLC
Make plans now to attend the return of a tradition that's been missing for too long - the Charlotte TOR. I'm helping organize the show as a fundraiser for Pack 33 at Sardis Presbyterian Church in Charlotte. We couldn't have a more supportive host. The church just celebrated 75 years of Scouting including sponsoring two troops and a pack. The show is being held in the 8,000+ square foot fellowship hall. We have ample parking and many amenities in this part of Charlotte.