Ten Tips to Improve Your Collection and Your Collecting Habits Again

This past January I read an article on How to Recession Proof Your eBay Business.  While it was directed to someone running an eBay business, as I thought about it, I realized that many of the points could apply to the collector and casual eBay seller at any time.  With 2010 just around the corner, it is worth thinking about what you want from your collection in 2010. Here is a bit of the post.

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?

4. Work Hard & Work Smart

Get organized, know what you need and what you have to offer.  Updating your needs and dupe lists will prevent you from acquiring that long sought after need only to find you had already got one.  Look to trade for your needs through Patch-L, ISCA or other venues where you can knock off a need or two without reaching into your wallet.

5. Explore Ways To Improve & Expand Your Business (Collection)

Develop a plan on ways to increase the size of your collecting circle.  If you find more people to trade with, or buy from you increase the chances to pick up those needs.  Check out Google Groups, FaceBook, MySpace or a myriad of other Social sites where you might find a new trading partners.  Check the TOR  calendar on the ISCA website and see if there is one in your area coming up that you have not visited before.  Build a website, start a blog, discussion forum or ???

You can find it here to read the rest, I think it still holds up today.  What would you add?


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Another One That Got Away – Section NE-7B

Last week there was an eBay auction which contained several NY OA Neckerchiefs including a 1989 Section NE-7B Conclave Neckerchief which was a need of mine.

Clicking on the image will bring you to the auction results for the next few months.

The neckerchief I need is on the left side of the picture.  If the auction winner is a reader or if anyone else has a 1989 Section NE-7B Neckerchief available for trade or sale, I would be interested.  Even a good scan to add to my NYS Section Conclave Checklist would be appreciated.


“[A] good moral character is the first essential in a man…” –George Washington