Tuesday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter September 10, 2019

I have started auctions on the unique OA collection that I got in.  The plan is to run about 5-dozen auctions per week on 7-day runs until I get through the entire thing.  This collection has a lot of modern rare issues like Elangomat, Dance Team, LEC along with a little vintage stuff. Sunday I did a camp promotion for a local...Read More

Tuesday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter September 3, 2019

One of my goals was to make one space solely for scanning collections.  I've got boxes and boxes lined up now ready to get listed.  Step 1 is getting them organized.  But once that's done step 2 is getting them scanned (or photographed).  This table has my big scanner and should help me make process patches faster. Filling Best Hobby...Read More

Sunday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter September 8, 2019

The thing that makes this OA collection unique is the guy wasn't focused on 1 particular geographic region. Instead he collected unique pieces like Elangomat, Officer, Dance Team and Ceremony Team patches.  I've never seen or heard of such a collection and it's impressive.  The auctions start tonight! Things went so well with my new employees first day on the...Read More

Friday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter September 6, 2019

Success!  Yesterday I spend the morning interviewing a potential new employee to speed up getting stuff listed for sale.  I always have strange stories on how I find people.  This connection came from me running into someone at a high school football game in Charlotte last week! My new employee Julie is going to be in today to start photographing...Read More

Sunday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter September 1, 2019

After the game and supper I got to take my buddy to the warehouse as he has been really keen on seeing the operation.  He was kinda like "where did you have all this stuff before"?  Once you get all your Scout stuff in one space after years of buying it's a sight to see.  But he did score some...Read More

Friday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter August 30, 2019

Probably the funnest part about displaying merit badges is getting the Scouts to see all the discontinued merit badges and getting them thinking.  I talked to them about the farming badges and how the designs have changed over the years.  Even they can appreciate how Computers and Journalism merit badge have evolved over the years. My own Scout was awarded...Read More

Tuesday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter August 27, 2019

Today I'm going to my antique mall to restock.  I try and get out there about once per month to clean up and add things to the booth.  I've got a bunch of $1 patches to add plus uniforms, signs, shirts and just lots of 3d stuff that is bulky to ship on eBay.  If you are every in Charlotte...Read More

Sunday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter August 25, 2019

Saturday I filmed an unusual unboxing in that I had really no idea what was in the boxes.  I actually thought there might have been a lot of books because the priority mail boxes were very heavy.  To my great surprise instead they were loaded down with patches, neckerchiefs, slides, belts and some surprises. What is also cool about this...Read More

Friday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter August 23, 2019

In the PM I was at our Scouts BSA meeting where my daughter Sophia passed her Board of Review for Second Class.  Next week is our Court of Honor which will be full of summer camp advancement.  I'm really thinking about running with an idea I've had for a long time now to mount a dozen or more merit badge...Read More

Tuesday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter August 20, 2019

In response to Sunday's Hot Finds topic I now have a podcast interview lined up for Thursday.  Mike McKay is a business & finance professor from Boston.  His email response took some of the points I made and looked at them from the viewpoint of  economics.  It was such a thought provoking topic that we are going to record an...Read More

Sunday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter August 18, 2019

It is a sad irony that there are so many collections (accumulations in some cases) coming available but the buying market for these is not as strong as it was in years past. Right now on eBay there are over 200k items in our category but I can tell you from my sell through rate that on the modern stuff...Read More

Friday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter August 16, 2019

As you will hear in the interview one of the neat things about this event is that it's held at the local camp and is fully supported by the lodge.  That means cabin rentals and free camping for anyone staying overnight.  Perhaps the best part is the meals prepared by the cook crew which are only $5 each when you...Read More

Tuesday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter August 13, 2019

This picture is kinda typical of the items I was offered.  Mostly people's personal Scouting items not the accumulated collection of a true collector.  These small collections can be very fun to purchase because they usually are affordable and almost always contain a few surprises.  Hopefully my tardiness in engaging these folks doesn't mean I've lost out but at least...Read More

Sunday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter August 11, 2019

Old vintage activity patches are a fun and inexpensive area to play in.  Sometimes you can sell one for $1 or it might go for $5 or more.  I decided to group the combined collections into lots of about 15 patches each and offer them for $20 shipped.  These are numbered Lots 1-10.  If somebody wanted to buy them all I am...Read More

Friday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter August 09, 2019

This is the troop patch from one of the two all girl Scouts BSA troops that attended the World Jamboree.  Troop 252 was the Southern Region troop that included girls from TX to FL.  Sophia said she had a hard time trading them at the Jambo. I guess it needed to be a little more exotic of a design to...Read More

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