Tuesday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter December 14, 2018

Last night I got another hat to wear in Scouting. I volunteered to serve on the troop committee in my daughters new Scouts BSA Troop 233 that is being formed in Charlotte. I am eminently qualified for the position of communications secretary responsible for setting up an email system and getting the word out for this brand new troop.  ...Read More

Tuesday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter December 11, 2018

The winter storm that came through North Carolina largely missed our house although the Internet is still out at my warehouse.  So I printed the invoices for shipping at home, went to the office to pull orders, and now I'm home again to process and ship.  The joys of eCommerce when your internet is down you are dead in the...Read More

Sunday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter December 9, 2018

Planting a seed for my Cub Scouts I have an abbreviated newsletter today.  We are starting down a snow storm in North Carolina and I had to speed things up so I could spend some time with the family. I do have a few surprises in here so I hope you will read through and enjoy clicking on the auctions...Read More

Friday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter December 7, 2018

New interview with a TOR sponsor plus 150 auctions ending tonight Later today I'm driving a little over an hour north to attend the Old Hickory Trade-O-Ree. This is the 25th edition of this event hosted by the Camp Raven Knob Historical Association. Matt White puts on a good show and I'm looking to see many collectors from the Carolinas,...Read More

Tuesday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter December 4, 2018

Episode #83 of SHF Radio the National Scouting Historian Summit It's hard to imagine that I published 82 episodes of my podcast for our collecting community and didn't interview Bill Topkis or Jeff Morley.  That makes it fitting that for the reboot of my show these two Scouters would join me to put the podcast back on the air. Bill...Read More

Sunday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter December 2, 2018

1937 National Jamboree Unboxing Video Here is something readers can look forward to. The next issue of the Hot Finds will feature the first new episode of my podcast in a year! For episode #83 I interviewed Bill Topkis and Jeff Morley regarding the course they are leading at the Philmont Training Center for Scouting historians next summer. More details...Read More

Tuesday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter November 27, 2018

Typically Tuesday is the day during the week that my employee takes off and I have the office to myself. However, getting into the office at 6 AM means I have to get a solid to-do list together to be productive. Today that means breaking out a new lodge from the GA collection and getting some more consignment items up....Read More

Sunday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter November 25, 2018

  Although the holiday season is upon us there is a TOR just around the corner that I'll be attending.  The longest running TOR in North Carolina will be held two weekends from now.  The Old Hickory TOR is held in Winston-Salem, NC.  This year they are adding a live and silent auction Saturday.   The Saturday of the Old Hickory show...Read More

Friday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter November 23, 2018

  I have a very cool collection on the way from a lady who offered to sell me her father's stuff.  It's a very small collection but includes all the stuff he traded for at the 1937 Jamboree.  It has the paper and the strange stuff people brought to trade including some Spanish moss in a bag from Mississippi.  I...Read More

Tuesday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter November 20, 2018

  Scott Wheeler sent me a message asking for the details of how I got my kid selling on eBay to pay her bills.  I told him that sounded like a good blog post topic and so this morning I typed up the story and shared our recipe in My Kid Pays Her Cell Phone Bill Selling On eBay. It has...Read More

Sunday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter November 18, 2018

  Friday I listed over 600 items from a collection of mostly SAPs that I've been sitting on for about a year.  Right now these are only on my Scoutpatchhq store where I can avoid eBay fees.  Probably before Thanksgiving I'll cross list them to eBay as well.   Last week I did get in a huge box but I did not...Read More

Friday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter November 16, 2018

  I want to thank Jason Shull who shard with me scans of the earliest Camp Barstow patches.  The design in 1930 was a little rough but then in 1931 it was a little more professional and added the yellow background that we've incorporated.  I don't have a collection of Camp Barstow patches but I'd love to see someone do...Read More

Friday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter November 09, 2018

  My daughter was always going last night but we were excited when two of her besties from youth group and church basketball also came.  I think the age range was rising 6th graders through current 9th graders.  The Scoutmaster took the girls outside for about 30 minutes towards the end so the parents could ask some nitty gritty questions. ...Read More

Tuesday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter November 13, 2018

  I am sure many collectors have had moments when they put something up for sale because of a bill coming due.  I've got a pair of super tough Philmont Ranger jacket patches(1971, 1972) up for bids for a simple goal.  Sophia's fees for the 2019 WSJ are about $2500.  Even selling these two won't pay for 1/2 of the trip...Read More

Sunday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter November 11, 2018

  This was a cool trip partially because it was a place that I had camped at with my troop as a Boy Scout back in the day.  Now living in Charlotte this park is only an hour away.  Today the girls hiked the battlefield trail and earned the patch.  My contribution to the trip included breakfast this morning in...Read More

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