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maddawg308
Last year's Gettysburg gathering was great, I really enjoyed being there.  I was new to the hobby, and brought EVERYTHING I had accumulated in hopes of selling a pile of stuff.  Needless to say, my first couple months in the hobby had me a little uninformed, as most of the stuff I had was common items everyone had, so I only sold a few things (the less-common stuff I had).  All the rest went back in the truck for the ride home.

This time I am much more informed and collector-minded than I was then.  The common stuff I sell at flea markets and on CL to those who utilize them for camping and fishing activities.  So this time, I am only bringing the stuff that is less common, that those who attend Coleman gatherings would be interested in.

Problem is, I only have a handful of things to sell, maybe 8-10 lanterns and other Coleman-related items.  I'd love to bring a pile of stuff, even just to show off to other folks going to the rally.  But I don't wanna have a table full of show-off for people to drool over, and almost nothing to sell or trade.

This is probably a stupid thread idea, but would you personally feel bad going to a gathering and most of what you have on the table is just your collection that you have no intention of selling?  I feel like I am teasing folks with items that they won't be able to purchase, for the most part. 
Mike, maddawg308
Build a man a fire, and he'll be warm for the night. 
Set a man on fire, and he'll be warm for the rest of his life!

Looking for my B'day lantern, any model, 5-74.


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mgmlvks
I have been to one convention - and we did showing, selling and buying.

I have a decent collection of home-made wooden lantern boxes, and brought them along with the lanterns they came with to show the creativity of the American Mind.  The display tables were separate from the selling table so did not get to interact much with passers by on the display - but my NBCR box (below) generated a lot of comments when I did stop by.

As for selling - we drove a long way - so did not load up on a ton of common stuff to bring - but did have a successful sale - paid for the table, sent some things on to new homes, kept some that did not sell and donated the rest to the end of convention auction.

And we bought interesting things!  And saw interesting things to buy later.

My advice -bring what you are proud of to show others, and bring good things to sell.  You will be just fine.

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Mike, ICCC member #1156, Slant Saver Group #011, 275 Appreciation Syndicate #0215
"In order for the light to shine so brightly, the darkness must be present"
Francis Bacon
(and - for those who have asked - avatar from postcard and says "Coming Home by Rail".  https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4595/27430282209_39a564be00_z.jpg
 
 
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Newfie
I think gatherings are for both.

I've been to the PNW in September and one guy shows up with amazing stuff that many of us will never get to own. And the gathering might be the only place we'll ever see certain pieces like he has.

As collectors we appreciate getting to see those rare and/or pristine items.
Shane Looking for the following Canadian birthday lanterns or lamps: 2-32, 6-34,
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Rfieldbuilds
Bring as much as you can comfortably haul. People always appreciate what they don't have. You never know what you may see and need to trade for as many people only want to trade rather than purchase. I usually bring too much starting at my first gathering with 85 or 100 pieces of  GPA. Our most recent gathering I was able to whittle it down to 25. That made it much quicker loading both at home and after our campout. 
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maddawg308
I've only been to two gathering but benifited greatly from both.  The first I did no buying or selling but used it for a invaluable education much like this forum but also to make friends.  The second I did both having settled more into what I am interested in with this hobby.  Mainly, I am trying (but not suceeding very well) not to be a huge collector of lanterns and stoves but to have these items for vintage camping and to be able to repair them as needed.  Again, I learned a great deal on how to repair GPAs and made more friends. 

mgmlvks  "I have a decent collection of home-made wooden lantern boxes, and brought them along with the lanterns they came with to show the creativity of the American Mind.  The display tables were separate from the selling table so did not get to interact much with passers by on the display - but my NBCR box (below) generated a lot of comments when I did stop by."

Boxes also facinate me.  As you said the creativity of the American Mind as well harkening to a time when the home craftsman taking pride in making things for his personal use rather then buying, often because the household budget was very limited.  I have a few boxes and am always looking for more.  Do you have a post showing a few?
Marty
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mgmlvks
Marty - "somewhere" I have pics of the convention - but this link shows some of the boxes I have (I do not have the ConEd one though!) with some other wooden things.

https://www.flickr.com/search/?user_id=46064258%40N08&sort=date-taken-desc&text=wooden%20box&view_all=1
Mike, ICCC member #1156, Slant Saver Group #011, 275 Appreciation Syndicate #0215
"In order for the light to shine so brightly, the darkness must be present"
Francis Bacon
(and - for those who have asked - avatar from postcard and says "Coming Home by Rail".  https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4595/27430282209_39a564be00_z.jpg
 
 
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JimL
Mike,

I'm suspecting you didn't REALLY look around.  🙂  Some of the displays that people had were just incredible, but what they might have had for sale was minimal, if at all.   It doesn't matter what items you bring or the dollar value of them.   What matters is getting together with folks and having a good time.   I've never considered others 'showing off' by what they had displayed, but appreciate that they brought the items for the rest of us to see.  Feel free to bring anything.  If you have some common pieces you want to part with that are reasonably cheap, there will likely be newcomers and this would be a great way for them to get their start.

-Jim

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maddawg308
JimL wrote:
I'm suspecting you didn't REALLY look around.  🙂  Some of the displays that people had were just incredible, but what they might have had for sale was minimal, if at all.   It doesn't matter what items you bring or the dollar value of them.   What matters is getting together with folks and having a good time.   I've never considered others 'showing off' by what they had displayed, but appreciate that they brought the items for the rest of us to see.  Feel free to bring anything.  If you have some common pieces you want to part with that are reasonably cheap, there will likely be newcomers and this would be a great way for them to get their start.


Very well said, thanks JIm!  I wish I had the time last gathering to really look around and meet more people and see their displays.  I had to babysit a bit for my teen, who has no interest in her dad's weird hobbies! so I didn't afford the opportunity to walk around as much as I should have.  Definitely a goal for this go-around....
Mike, maddawg308
Build a man a fire, and he'll be warm for the night. 
Set a man on fire, and he'll be warm for the rest of his life!

Looking for my B'day lantern, any model, 5-74.


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mowgod
I only had a few things to sell last year in Gettysburg but brought  another 35 lanterns  to show and plan to bring at least that again this year so bring what is  comfortable for you
Phil
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JeepJeepster
Personally I would feel out of place bringing much of anything to show as my stuff is also common... What little stuff I feel is worth showing I certainly wouldn't sell! 

Right now the most exciting thing I have is a coleman 252A! Could just sit and stare at it all day but most wouldn't find that exciting at all. 
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Bill
I do both.  Rarely do I sell lanterns, though.  I sell decorated globes and glassware items that I’ve sandblasted, along with T-shirts that I’ve designed and screen-printed.  I like to display some of my nicer restorations, especially the off-brand stuff.
Bill Sheehy, aka Merlotrin P.M.      ICCC #1390      eBay handle: wtspe
Coleman 275 Appreciation Syndicate #24  /  Mil-Spec Ops, Bernz-o-Matic, and Sears Syndicates #58
Looking for birthday lanterns dated 4/33, 9/33 & 7/86

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warren

I do both, mainly my packing space is for sale items.  But I also bring a few of my better items to show/light. (227/Hot Beam, etc)  I much rather sell to people that can look at the items and not have to pack and ship.

I've got regular customers that I dig through my collection or look for on my cross country trips and try to bring.

Lewis gets all the Camping GAZ stuff I find.
Derek gets lamps and shades.
Seeley, well, almost anything I can talk him into. 🙂   (Really advertising, signs, etc)
Chris, really rare or hard to find things.
The Cheese, Canadian lanterns
EVERYONE:  Parts and gens

That being said, I'd have to attend 1000+ gatherings to sell most of the stuff I need to downsize.

So, it really is about the people and also sharing items, food, friendship, etc.


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UncleFred
I am primarily a seller.  I go to sales and flea markets and try to find things to sell.  I do make a small profit on some things but I need to cover my travel costs for my buying and selling trips.
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Flyboyfwa
Great thread. I have thought about this often. I really enjoy going to the gatherings. I am space limited at home, so I am very careful about what I buy. I normally only buy lanterns I don't have or am specifically looking for. I don't buy the 12 200's just because they are cheap. At my first gathering I only had a few common pieces and nothing to sell. I had no idea there was so much stuff out there and so many different models. Last year I took a few on my nicer pieces and had a small display. I greatly enjoyed the conversations that occurred when people stopped to look at my table. 

I will probably never be the guy that has a hundred lanterns and parts for sale. My table will likely be a display table. I appreciate those of you that do buy a lot and are able to sell at gatherings. Being able to see a lot of different things in person is very educational. As several people have said, the chance to meet and share with people with a common interest is the biggest benefit from going to gatherings. 
Andy
Mil-Spec Ops #199
275 Appreciation Syndicate #1970
ICCC #1741
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Murff
As one who has attended a few get-togethers, I have brought both, items to sell and items to display.

When I have set up displays outside of the Coleman Outlet Store, it's not surprising that someone will ask how much an item might be. I have told more than one that the items are not for sale. However, like American Pickers, I have been asked what is my not-for-sale price. A gentleman asked that for  my ivory 500 stove. He insisted on a price and I told him $500.00. He asked again for a realistic price and I told him it was really not for sale.



He then asked how much for a pristine nickel 500 that was also on display. I, again, didn't really want to sell it as it had sentimental value. He again insisted, so I told him $300.00. He said what was the least I would take, so I told him $250.00 He countered at $240.00, as he reached for his wallet and rolled out 12 Andrew Jacksons. Well damn! Murff does have a breaking point for sentiment. 

He went away happy. I did forget to give him the original box, though.



Another nice thing about a display at the Outlet Store, you can bring nice, extra everyday common Coleman stuff and you might just sell it to the unwashed as they do not know it is common!

Murff

Name: Murff   ICCC Member #726 
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Rubing
At our Great Lakes Fall Campout we always have a theme lantern. Last year’s theme lantern was the 242 family which included 242s, 234s, 243s, 247s and 249s it’s surprising how many display samples you can bring. I typically don’t bring anything to sell unless I have made arrangements before hand. 
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Gavercronos
Gotta remember, most of the guys with a big pile of really cool stuff for sale have been collecting for years or even decades. Gatherings and lightups aren't about buying and selling, they're about making friends and having a good time and, surprise, lighting the really cool stuff up. So go ahead and have a mostly show-off table for now!
WillCat

Chautauqua County, New York
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REJ2
I've been to 5 gatherings total, I never bring much and twice I brought nothing. They never turned me away. Once I showed up with one lantern, at Marty's and Greg's shindig in Arrow Rock, MO. about a week ago, found it along the way. With some new mantles from my esteemed BIL Bart it fired right up. I'm a buyer, never have sold a lantern ever. Ive traded some lantern swag to Bart, but never have sold a whole lantern. What does that feel like?
Bob    
Never, ever, leave behind a $5 lamp
MilSpecOps Syndicate #016
Coleman 275 Appreciation Syndicate #0131
Coleman Blues 243 #86
BernzOmatic Appreciation Club #047
ICCC #1574
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Colemannut
REJ2 wrote:
I've been to 5 gatherings total, I never bring much and twice I brought nothing. They never turned me away. Once I showed up with one lantern, at Marty's and Greg's shindig in Arrow Rock, MO. about a week ago, found it along the way. With some new mantles from my esteemed BIL Bart it fired right up. I'm a buyer, never have sold a lantern ever. Ive traded some lantern swag to Bart, but never have sold a whole lantern. What does that feel like?
 

Bob you are always welcome to the Kansas Coleman Collectors Gatherings anytime! With or without any lanterns! Your company has always been gracious and wouldn’t want it any other way! So how does it feel to be a part of our Coleman family? That goes for anyone that wants to join use throughout the year! Always welcome!! 
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REJ2
Colemannut wrote:
 

Bob you are always welcome to the Kansas Coleman Collectors Gatherings anytime! With or without any lanterns! Your company has always been gracious and wouldn’t want it any other way! So how does it feel to be a part of our Coleman family? That goes for anyone that wants to join use throughout the year! Always welcome!! 


I love my Coleman family, and I plan on being in Wellington next month! Did you ever find me a nice 501?
Bob    
Never, ever, leave behind a $5 lamp
MilSpecOps Syndicate #016
Coleman 275 Appreciation Syndicate #0131
Coleman Blues 243 #86
BernzOmatic Appreciation Club #047
ICCC #1574
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Colemannut
REJ2 wrote:


I love my Coleman family, and I plan on being in Wellington next month! Did you ever find me a nice 501?


Still looking Bob! They aren’t an easy stove to find. 
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scl
i am not a seller as i like my gpas too much but have traded/ sold some parts along the way mainly for parts that i needed to complete some gpas. i guess when the grave starts calling i will have to succumb and sell.
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mikewells
That's easy for me, I buy ðŸ™‚
Mike Wells
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SteveA
I go to gatherings to hang with "The Guys" again and talk stoves and lanterns.  I always bring some of my current favorite pieces for display because I like to see other folks favorites and I believe other people like to walk around and do the same.  I usually have a few pieces for sale as well.

If someone asks for a price on a display piece I'll tell them it's not really for sale but, to steal a quote from James, they can through a "Just Gotta Have It" price at me and we'll see, but I've yet to sell one.

I go for the fellowship, and to see GPA I've never seen before, or maybe even never heard of.
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