Girl Scout patches -vs- Boy Scout patches


Maybe this topic will stir a little discussion across the blanket.


Why do we see huge groupings of Girl Scout patches, badges, insignia go across the auction block with little or no bids??
Is it safe to say there is no market for them? Are they worthless?


I know that old GSA handbooks, community strips, knives, axes, etc… are worth some money to collectors but why not the bulk of their patches?


Here is a prime example of what i am talking about:


That is 363 patches and pins from the Girl Scouts with a bid of about $60 bucks for all practical purposes. If this would have been boy Scout patches most of you would agree with me that the price would be more like 500 dollars or in the ballpark (this is assuming a nice mixture of patches of course) So my question is anyone have any clue why the big variance in Boy and Girl Scout patches on the national market??





I would hazard a guess and say that the BSA cultivates a lifelong involvement with more of its members than does the GSA. As well, the BSA promotes and holds more large-scale events to bring members from all walks of life together. The BSA also allows members to feel and be more involved in their programs and share in a sense of ownership. I would also guess that through the years the BSA has had more members than the GSA.

Think of it this way, how many women do you hear telling stories about working on GS summer camp staff for four, five, six, eight, twenty summers?? I think that BSA members enjoy their experiences in the program and want to maintain some tie with that, hence patch collecting and the accumulation of random patches and the willingness to continue to pay large amounts for quantities of them. Staying connected with Girl Scouting only requires buying some cookies.

Just my two pennies on the topic.

By collectorofpatches on December 3rd, 2006 at 6:03 pm

Supply and Demand (LITTLE DEMAND)

By BigJim on December 6th, 2006 at 3:50 am

I was just thinking. What would this auction bring if it had been BSA instead?

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