Hello Fountain Pen Fans! Twelve of us met over Zoom on 10 April 2022 at 1:00PM, and went through Stuart’s best-known-methods (BKMs) of how he researches pricing for his vintage pens. He walked through a list of various favorite websites. We’re still working to get a clean copy of that list, but your fearless webmaster scribbled down as many as she could:
- PenTooling.com (they have the tools that Stuart designed to repair pens)
There was also conversation on where to sell pens, as this can be an ongoing struggle online. Let’s just say that ebay did not find many fans in the audience. r/Pen_Swap on reddit was mentioned (but again, cautions on scammers, though several of us have had good experiences). Lessons on what helped a pen sell: good photos! Mike’s experience has been that his iPhone 12 + natural light gives him the best results. Having a fully working pen vs. one that needs work helps maximize the price – showing this in pieces and fully reassembled seems to be appreciated. Finally, a demo card showing the pen’s writing.
Two other things of note:
- There were 3 knitters in the audience! I think we’ve identified a likely cross-over audience for future recruiting 🙂
- NEXT MEETING WILL BE IN-PERSON / Hybrid. We’re avoiding Mother’s Day, so targeting Sunday 15 May at 12 noon at the Lucky Lab Brewpub, NW Quimby. We’ll also try out a zoom meeting to see how well hybrid works (will be posted to the Facebook Group and via Google Groups, as normal).
Happy Spring to All!