Articles from December 2009

Shared Items From Around The Web – December 28, 2009


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?


I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them. Thomas Jefferson


Shared Items From Around The Web – December 27, 2009


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


Collecting Goals for 2010

Just over a year ago, I wrote a short post asking about peoples collecting goals for 2009.

Forget the diet, forget exercising, what resolutions are you going to make or goals you will try to achieve for your collecting interest in 2009?

Getting organized?

Starting a new collection?

Completing a Collection?

Selling your Collection?

So what are your collecting goals/resolutions for 2009?

What collecting goals did you set for yourself in 2009 and did you accomplish them?  What new goals will you set for 2010?


The conception of two people living together for twenty-five years without having a cross word suggests a lack of spirit only to be admired in sheep.
Alan Patrick Herbert

Shared Items From Around The Web – December 26, 2009


50s Neckerchief Slides Lot

I wrote about this seemingly innocent auction on eBay last week entitled 50s Neckerchief Slides Lot with a starting bid of just $ 8.95.

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

From that lowly starting point, it quickly rose to over $ 1000.00 and before then hammer fell for the last time, there were four separate bidders over $ 1,000 and a fifth at $ 998.

The final $ 1,534.09.  Steak Dinner for the seller that night!

I believe the key were the four Area 3 neckerchief slides.  Were there any other items which drove up the price so high?


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