Friday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter January 11, 2019

Take a Coffee Mug No Please Take Another One man's junk is another man's treasure!  In the collecting community Scouting coffee mugs are kinda a curse.  Many of us have boxes of them through purchasing collections or just years spent in the program.  Last night I discovered that at a round table meeting featuring dozens of Scouting volunteers mugs are...Read More

Tuesday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter January 8, 2019

85 Scouting History Data Crunching With Mike Clinch This morning I published episode #85 of my Scouting Hot Find Radio podcast.  Some of you may not be familiar with my guest Mike Clinch but we will all come to appreciate his effort to document and publish Scouting history of councils, lodges and camps. I became a fan of his work...Read More

Sunday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter January 6, 2019

The Video Blog Cast with Brad England Returns One question I get over and over in talking with collectors was when is Thread Heads coming back? Back in November of 2014 Brad England and I debuted a 30-minute video call show. The concept was pretty simple - get two patch collectors talking with short segments to keep the show structured....Read More

Friday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter January 4, 2019

1st TOR of 2019 in Myrtle Beach, SC Saturday Later today I'm driving about 3.5 hours to the Santee Lodge 116 TOR in Myrtle Beach, SC.  Along the way I'll drive through two towns where I worked for a total of 5 years when I was teaching in some of the most rural school districts in the state.  I think...Read More

Tuesday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter January 1, 2019

How an email a decade ago changed my life 10 years! The first Hot Finds Newsletter came out 10 years ago in January 2009. I have never tried to keep up with how many I've published over the years but safe to say it's over 1,000 and still going. The very first Hot Finds was meant to push people to...Read More

Friday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter December 28, 2018

Take a look at the auctions ending this weekend Yesterday we had a super productive work shop with many of the key staff members at Camp Barstow to plan curriculum. In 2019 we have 15 different programs and over 1/2 of them were represented in the meeting by the key staff member leading that piece. We are miles ahead of...Read More

Friday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter December 21, 2018

Previewing the Dallas National Trade-O-Ree with Ron Aldridge Today I've got a preview of one of the big TORs coming up in the new year. In my interview with Ron Aldridge you can get all the details on the Dallas National TOR coming up the last weekend in January. This continues my push on the website to help promote TORs...Read More

Friday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter December 23, 2018

Closing out 2018 with a bang tonight With this being the last Sunday before Christmas its a natural day to end auctions in the category. With so many people visiting family or otherwise tied up next week I expect today to be a banner day for listings to wrap up. Last night we had Christmas dinner with my side of...Read More

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

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