Sunday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter August 30, 2020

My mother always needs sewing projects to pass the time.  When all this started she made 100 masks for her church so that they would have them available at worship if anyone forgot theirs at home.  So about a month or so ago I visited her and brought a tote full of vintage BSA neckerchiefs.  She figured out a way...Read More

Friday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter August 28, 2020

When I got back into the camp game after an almost 20 year absence I discovered that its a very competitive landscape.  When I was a Scout in the 1980s my troop would never have considered going out of council to summer camp.  Now it's kinda a badge of honor that you run a strong program.  So for Camp Barstow...Read More

Sunday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter August 23, 2020

This one started with an unusual Facebook message from a college student here in NC that was on my friends list. "do you buy oa mugs"?  Now normally I would try to make that question into some kinda joke but I politely replied back "well it depends on what ya got".  So from there the story began. Turns out a...Read More

Tuesday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter August 25, 2020

I just love opening up these time capsule collections.  I define that as a collection that is unspoiled and has everything he held onto over the decades.  I can only guess he kept his sash and Eagle medal as these were not part of the group I got.  There are a few things from this group that will go in...Read More

Friday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter August 21, 2020

Sunday I'm meeting with the other dads in my son's Webelos Den to come up with the calendar for our AOL year as 5th graders.  So far the church is still not letting anybody use the property (thanks COVID) so we are going to have to get creative and use the great outdoors. I am mailing in an order today...Read More

Tuesday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter August 18, 2020

During quarantine (or whatever we now call this period of mostly staying home) it might be a good idea for some of you to start up a website and share your knowledge.  I actually have a great interview with Glenn Chase on my podcast that might give you some inspiration.  For 20 years now Glenn has run the Scout Patch Collector's Base Camp website...Read More

Sunday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter August 16, 2020

I am a member of several Facebook groups for eBay sellers and yesterday the topic of selling on consignment came up.  Somebody had been approached by a friend about selling for them.  The universal answer was people who have never sold on eBay don't realize how time consuming it is.  Most sellers have had bad experiences with consignment and their...Read More

Friday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter August 14, 2020

I shared a video on my website of patch trading at the 2009 NOAC.  This was a feeding frenzy as it always is after the show ends and all the traders meet up at the designated spot.  In 2009 it was Reed Hall and boy there just wasn't enough room.  It will be some time before we see that kinda trading again....Read More

Time Machine – What Patch Trading Looked Like Before Covid

This was too good not to share.  Among the very first efforts I made into blogging and making videos was a now retired website called  For that event I made videos at the Pre-NOAC TOR and of patch trading during the event.  It was a feeding frenzy as it often is after the show.  Usually around 10 PM hundreds...Read More

Tuesday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter August 11, 2020

I mention this because one of the struggles since really ramping up my selling is finding time to remain grounded as a collector.  When I started selling stuff on eBay 20 years ago it was to fund adding things to my collection.  But once you turn the switch to being a dealer it spoils that childhood passion a little with...Read More

Sunday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter August 09, 2020

I had a debate with another seller recently about whether the new changes to eBay's insertion fees would be good or bad.  Since now it costs virtually nothing to list something on eBay I think we will see the category grow significantly from the current level of  400k items.  Does that flood the marketplace and suppress prices or bring in more buyers...Read More

Friday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter August 07, 2020

The first collection is really small and contains OA flaps.  I didn't have any idea what was in this box from the 70s and early 80s.  Sadly there was really nothing outstanding but I shouldn't spoil the surprise. The 2nd box that I opened was a little more fun.  This one was from a guy who went to the 1989...Read More

Boy Scout Collection Unboxing x2 – Pennsylvania OA and Jamboree

In my latest unboxing video I have 2 different collections that both came in from PA. The first is a small box of 100% Order of the Arrow issues which was a total mystery to me. The second box was from a Scouter who I shared something unique in common with. We both attended the 1989 National Scout Jamboree as...Read More

Tuesday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter August 04, 2020

My project to build an eBay super store is well under way.  Taking advantage of the new pricing structure for insertion fees I am combining all 4 of my accounts into one. So far this week I've closed the stores on my OApatch and ScoutPatchHQ eBay accounts.  Those items have now been added to my main store for Santeeswapper.  Once my final auctions...Read More

Sunday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter July 26, 2020

When I get back to the office one of the first orders of business is to turn off store subscriptions on 3/4 of my accounts so they don't renew.  Before I merge everything into the Patchblanket store I am going to finish my inventory.  I've asked my wife for permission to pull some long nighters finishing this project but she...Read More


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