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.