Sunday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter November 29, 2020

  I am really focusing on my collections lately with an eye on having everything in a format that can be shared as a display with other collectors and Scouts. To that end I am working on a budget version of my frames that hold 4 Boxware frames.  Keith Coffey has been coaching me up on some options to serve strictly...Read More

Friday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter November 27, 2020

  If you are not subscribed to Patch-L then you have missed a lively debate about the future of cataloging OA.  Chris Jensen lit the match when he described his frustration with having no comprehensive way to ID patches any longer after OAimages was purchased by ISCA and crashed.  From there people on all sides of the issue started chiming...Read More

Tuesday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter November 24, 2020

  One good example of this evolution has been the Monday night Digital Cracker Barrel that John Pleasants and Larry Lane have organized.  The last two weeks I have sat in on this zoom call and heard presentations from other collectors.  Next week I believe the topic is the Feltcrafters.  If you are interested in participating they happen at 8 PM Est...Read More

Friday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter November 20, 2020

    Yesterday I had two visitors at the patch warehouse.  Doug Chambers has been helping me sort through maybe 50 pounds of pins that I have accumulated over the last twenty years of buying collections.  I like pins but they have always been one of those things that I tossed in a box which eventually turned into multiple boxes...Read More

Tuesday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter November 10, 2020

    I am one of those people that agonize about exactly how I want to display their patches.  My goal has always been to make a display that I can take to Scouting events.  So my collection has to fit into that plan rather than going in a simple 3-ring binder.  For my OA flap collection I think I've...Read More

Friday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter November 06, 2020

    Yesterday for the first time in months I got to work in my own warehouse.  My lucky break came as a result of my son finally getting to go to school in person for the first time since the pandemic kicked in back in March.  I've been trading off with my wife being the online zoom parent twice...Read More

Sunday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter November 01, 2020

    Most of us are checklist collectors.  You know what you want and have eBay searches set up to ping you when those items hit.  Not this guy!  His "M.O." was driving to Scout offices on family vacations and buying out whatever they had.  In this collection there are literally stacks of 50 event patches from multiple councils he...Read More

Friday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter October 30, 2020

    This afternoon I'm driving to Camp Coker to participate in the Santee Lodge Fall Fellowship.  Tonight we have a Preordeal ceremony and the Vigil.  It has been probably 3 years since I've been able to attend a fellowship.  In that time I've had so many Scouting weekends with my son's packs, daughter's troop and Camp Barstow.  I'm still...Read More

Tuesday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter October 27, 2020

    I am buying a small collection today at a field hockey game! I reached out to a guy via FB and we eventually settled on him driving over to Charlotte to let me buy a box of stuff from him.  The timing worked out where during the 30 minutes that my daughter will be warming up before her...Read More

Friday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter October 23, 2020

    Growing up I spent 7 summers on staff at Camp Coker and countless weekends there for OA events.  Some years ago I did some quick math and figured out that I have spent more than a year of my life (365+nights) at that camp.  So I am very excited to bring my son and his patrol to my...Read More

Tuesday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter October 20, 2020

    As you may know eBay doesn't allow you to send an email address or even a phone numbers through their messaging service.  So that makes pursuing this kind of lead a little tricky.  Back in the day (and I mean a long time ago) a lot of people sold things off eBay to avoid fees.  But now eBay...Read More

Sunday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter October 18, 2020

    I read this week about the launch by another collector of an eBay alternative called  As perhaps the self named king of eBay alternatives over the last decade I can say good luck as I've been down that road.  For those of you that remember to any number of other attempts I've made to go around eBay....Read More

Friday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter October 02 2020

  In our troop we use Discord at kinda a troop message board.  One of the Scouts set it up and it seems to be a platform that the Scout use to just chill.  But I guess I can see some of the same elements that have made the Scout Patch Collectors grow to over 17k people. Ironically I got...Read More

Tuesday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter October 06, 2020

  Today I will be getting fresh inventory up on eBay.  Over the last few weeks I've got several boxes of OA, Jamboree etc scanned and ready to go.  As one person commented on Facebook today, "you have to treat it like a job" so I will be punching the clock and listing all day.   Do you have this...Read More

Tuesday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter October 13, 2020

  Well just to fill you in it was like a miracle.  With the remnants of Delta drenching the east coast on Sunday about 2 hours before our Open House started the clouds parted and we had blue skies during the entire 4-hour event.  Later that night on my back to Charlotte there was a tornado watch.  So literally you...Read More


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