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

Tuesday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter August 06, 2019

Speaking of videos Brad England and I have plans to catch up later this week and film a World Scout Jamboree round up episode of Thread Heads. Brad and his daughter traded at the WSJ at the beginning of the visitor period and I went up at the tail end. I can't wait to debate the rule on no trading...Read More

Sunday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter August 04, 2019

When I picked up Sophia later Friday afternoon she was full of stories. We sat for over an hour listening to her tales of meeting Scouts from Japan and Portugal.  We also heard about the usual troop drama but mostly it was all good.  I asked her last night at dinner if she thought she would be a different person...Read More

Friday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter August 02, 2019

I don't know if August is really when the action on eBay heats up but I'm going for it anyways.  Yesterday I got over 100 World Jamboree items listed that I was able to bring home after 3 days of visiting.  I have not really been watching closely to see which of the WSJ items are doing the best.  I traded for...Read More

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