Ten Tips to Improve Your Collection and Your Collecting Habits

I read an article over the weekend from the Auction Rebel, on How to Recession Proof Your eBay Business.  As I thought about it, I realized that many of the points could apply to the collector and casual eBay seller in virtually any market.  The 10 individual points are from the original article.

1. Don’t Panic

Times have gotten tougher, but your situation may have gotten better.  Only you can answer the question about your personal financial situation.  Assuming you have things under control, you have to ask yourself is your collecting budget appropriate for your current state of affairs or does it need to be changed.   Roy Weatherbee left a comment on my post on 2009 Collecting Goals which I think is also appropriate here:

I think setting “reasonable” goals is the key. Many of us bitten by the collecting bug are tempted to try and collect everything, but this is not a very realistic goal especially in tougher economic times like these.

….So one of my goals for 2009 would definitely be to watch for bargains on older, rarer pieces that are seldom seen, and to lay off of many of the newer “contrived” rarities being pumped out by so many lodges and councils.

But also refocus on my area of interest – OA lodge issues (in my case, from Region 1 / New England exclusively), and perhaps “thin out” some of my side collections that don’t really interest me as much (CSPs, RWS, camps, etc). A little belt-tightening as it were, in keeping with the times.

2. Focus On Your eBay Business (Collection)

Don’t get distracted on side collections, stay focused the core not on fads and novelties.  Try to set a focused goals for what you would like to see your collection look like in 3 months, in 6 months or in a year.  Think through the steps and actions which would be needed to get you there.  Are they realistic?  A goal of getting those last 100 number needs is fine, but unless you have pretty deep pockets, you are unlikely to get there anytime soon.  Reducing the number from 100 to 90 or even 75 may be more realistic.

Stay focused on what you are trying to accomplish.

If your one of your primary goals is to create a set of flaps from all of the predecessor lodges from your current section,  it may not be the time to expand your collecting area to the entire Region.

3. Pay Attention To Expenses

Take a hard look at your collecting budget, are you spending it wisely?  Are there things you are buying or subscribing to which do not fit your current collecting vision? Perhaps now is the time to cut them out.  While organizing and protecting your collection are vital, are there less expensive alternatives?



I Have a Dream Speech

Today we remember the man and one of the most famous speeches of the 20th Century.


Give it a listen if you haven’t heard it in a while, in its entirety.


Reading made Don Quixote a gentleman. Believing what he read made him mad.
George Bernard Shaw
Irish dramatist & socialist (1856 – 1950)

Shared Items From Around The Web – January 19, 2009


Best Posts on New York OA Trader from 12th January – 18th January 2009

Too many posts to handle? If you missed out on a great post from last week, here’s a quick digest of the top posts that you may want to check out:
  • Delaware County Council OA Neck’chief worn 1958 Enclave
    Posted on Monday, January 12th, 2009 in eBay – Comments: (0)
    Another seldom seen OA Issue recently appeared on eBay with the description “Delaware County Council OA Neck’chief worn 1958 Enclave”  While the Lodge name, Wah-Pe-Kah-Me-Kunk was not listed in the auction, the lodge number 512 was and it was described as an OA Issue.
  • Eagle Scout Checks
    Posted on Tuesday, January 13th, 2009 in Scouting in the News – Comments: (0)
    The Boy Scout Licensing Insider recently announced Cub Scout Eagle Scout and Boy Scout checks are now availaable.You can find out more info here:For more information on Custom Direct BSA® licensed products and where to purchase them, please visit www.identitychecks.com.
  • First 2010 NYS OA Jambo Issue?
    Posted on Tuesday, January 13th, 2009 in Ho-De-No-Sau-Nee #159 – Comments: (0)
    Don Izard recently posted on Patch-L about the new patches issued by the Greater Niagara Frontier Council and Ho-De-No-Sau-Nee Lodge #159.  As near as I can tell, there are a total of 7 pieces available in various combinations.There are 5 JSP’s, a Back Patch and OA Flap.
  • Shared Items From Around The Web – January 12, 2009
    Posted on Monday, January 12th, 2009 in Miscellaneous – Comments: (0)
    Looters at the gatesJanuary 11, 2009 – Maaybe it is time to reread Atlas Shrugged.Free 2009 BSA Calendar from ScoutStuff.
  • Shared Items From Around The Web – January 13, 2009
    Posted on Tuesday, January 13th, 2009 in Miscellaneous – Comments: (0)
    The End of Cash?January 12, 2009 – eBay is not the only entity using credit card paymentsBuy a Hugo Award nomination for $850. Win for $8,800.January 12, 2009 – Buy the vote.
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