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8:15 A.M. - PRE-REGISTRATION begins.
8:15 A.M. - WALK-IN REGISTRATION begins
8:30 A.M. - MART OPENS
9:00 A.M. - Silent Auction opens
10:00 A.M. - Silent Auction closes
12:00 P.M. - MART CLOSES
Must be a member of NAWCC to attend Mart, but you can bring a guest.
Mart Registration $5 ($7 after 1/14); Full table $6 ($8 after 1/14).
Make checks payable to Greater Mass Chapter No. 87, NAWCC
With the New Year every year I try to spend some time and look back on the past year to see what did or did not work in my business and also to look forward to set goals and decide how I am going to get there.
I think that we in NAWCC and Chapter #87 need to do the very same thing. I think that the elephant in the room with both National and our chapter is not that we do not all realize that our organization is not growing but that membership has declined by a fair amount… but the question is WHY???
I have given a fair amount of thought to this issue and I do NOT mean to come across as critical of either National or any person who has invested time and effort in any of the chapters to bring us to this point… BUT… what do we do to move forward and expand membership in both Chapter #87 and NAWCC?
I received a phone call a few weeks back that started a whole thought process on just one item that I think has been an issue that may need to be addressed for us to move forward. The call was from an NAWCC member looking to start a new chapter in the NC area… a chapter to promote wrist watch collecting… good news right??? A new chapter??? BUT it raises the question… WHY does anyone feel the need to start a chapter for wrist watches? It brought back a conversation that I had over dinner at the National this summer with a fellow chapter president, his dad and an acquaintance of theirs that used to work for a LARGE nationally known watch auction house. The acquaintance commented to me that NAWCC "looked down" on wrist watch collectors. At the time, I will admit to simply thinking that he was wrong… but there is a saying in sales… "the customer's perception IS their reality!" So here is the point… have we become snobs???
As much as I would like to shout out loud… "NO WAY!" I have to admit that I think we have all heard the comments at mart like: "Oh… it's just a Bulova… Waltham, Elgin… "meaning it's NOT a Patek or Vacheron… or "it’s quartz" like you might get a disease from it! You may laugh at these examples but where did we ALL start??? I know that I started with the $50 gold filled watches needing a little love until my comfort zone expanded. So what do you think that new collector is thinking when he hears "Oh it’s JUST a 7 jewel Elgin" when that is EXACTLY what he bought at a yard sale that got him excited about watches.
My whole point in this conversation is who do we want at the meetings? We want someone EXCITED about a 7 jewel Elgin, a gold filled Bulova, a mantle clock, car clock, alarm clock… isn't that what we would like to sell? Isn't that where we ALL started? The Rolexes and Howard clocks will take care of themselves.
I also think that we need to remember the wide variety of items that can make up an interest in horology… watches and clocks obviously… but what about display items, advertising, tools, watch papers, vault bank timers, car clocks, military clocks, etc??? Who knows what might interest that new person? Whatever it might be… if we don't give the impression that it's "just"… I think we will be closer to having a new member… just a thought.
NEXT SCHEDULED MEETINGS
Chapter #87 meets on the 3rd Sunday of the odd months excluding July.
2015: Jan. 18th, March 15th, May 17th, Sept. 20 and Nov. 15
September 21, 2014
view of mart room
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March 17, 2013
John Fitzwilliam in Look What I Found!
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January 20, 2012
Dan Haff in Look What I Found!
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