A Spontaneous New Hobby (And Merry Christmas!)

The other day, I received a text from a friend from church asking if I could help with selling the Star Trek collection left behind by someone who passed away. I said yes, expecting the delivery of a box or two. A truckload later, I now find myself with enough merchandise to start my own comic con booth. This was not one of my lifetime goals, yet here I am, using my nerd-expertise for good.

These finds are about as random as the following video:

So, in between the job searching and novel writing (big announcement coming soon-ish about book 2) and going to see Rogue One tonight (because, as we all know, that is essential), I am now working on spreading the word on a rather large Star Trek collection.

I’m learning a lot about collectibles. Here’s just a few things:

  • What you think might be worth something turns out to be junk. That action figure still in the packaging? Worth 99 cents.
  • What you think might be worth nothing turns out to be worth something. Those unused Star Trek travel mugs? Worth $10-15 a piece.
  • People offer old fan magazines of Starlog and Starfleet Communicator on Ebay for $3-$5 a piece. I don’t know how much they actually sell, but someone thinks they’re worth something
  • There are some great, rather random items, like Captain Picard and Captain Kirk going for a jaunt on their horses in Star Trek: Generations

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So, Picard, how are you treating my ship?

  • Or, this 1970’s Spock Bear20161213_140614
  • There are more nooks and crannies to clean in a Borg head than you might think20161213_144553 20161213_144606
  • At some point, you start dreaming about auctioning off space paraphernalia. Last night, I dreamt I was doing a live auction of Darth Vader’s mask without the dome. This is probably a combination of going through about 7 boxes so far and loading everything on Ebay and Facebook and Craigslist.

If you want to see more of this interesting journey, here’s the gallery I set up on Facebook. I’m also open to offers. Most of the money’s going to the estate to pay off some leftover expenses.

So, as we round the corner and head toward Christmas, that’s what I’m up to. I’m hoping to have one or two more posts up by the end of the year regarding Rogue One (I was going to post it today, but decided to wait till after I see the movie tonight) and updates on my writing adventures.

In the meantime, I leave you with a pair of Christmas gifts, a Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and May The Force Be With You.

The still classic Let it Snow by Captain Picard:

And an epic Star Wars Christmas house:

Readers, How About You:

  • What are you doing this December?
  • How many times do you plan on seeing Rogue One if it’s good?
  • What are your favorite holiday traditions?
  • How are you making your life more magical this holiday season?
  • In the tune of Would Like To Build A Snowman: Would you like to buy a Borg head? (actually, that just sold)
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