Boy Scout Memorabilia Warehouse Sorting Project – Where All The Scout Collections I Buy End Up

I've been collecting Scouting memorabilia since I was a 13 year old Scout who just got tapped for the Order of the Arrow. Now after a lifetime of enjoying this hobby and being an active Scouter I have been blessed to turn this into a full time job. In Charlotte, NC I have a 2,000 square foot warehouse where I...Read More

Just Announced! Charlotte Trade-O-Ree September 17-18, 2021

4th Annual Charlotte Trade-O-Ree We have a date!  The rescheduled 4th Annual Charlotte Trade-O-Ree will be held September 17-18, 2021 at Sardis Presbyterian Church at 6100 Sardis Rd, Charlotte, NC 28270. This event will feature over 100 tables of Scouting memorabilia with vendors coming from surrounding states to fill the 7,000 square foot church gym.  There is no charge for...Read More

New York Boy Scout Collection Unboxing Via Texas

I got a call from someone in the Lone Star State that had purchased a vintage trunk at a sale. After cutting the lock off he found that in the bottom there was a bunch of old Scout stuff. Most of it was from New York but it included some interesting old pieces as old as a 1935 Jamboree patch....Read More

Scouting Hot Finds Boy Scout Category Top 10 List #29

Belt buckles, a Scout axe and some nice patches all sold for over $1k in the last part of the month in the Boy Scout category of eBay. In this video I count down the Top 10 items that sold and give you some historical perspective, comment on the bidding and maybe explain why these pieces are so valuable and...Read More

WWII Era Boy Scout Collection Unboxing Philmont, Wabaningo and More

When I got the phone call on this collection my ears lit up. On the other side of the line was an 86 year old gentleman who joined the Cub Scouts in 1944 went through the Boy Scout program in the years after the war and became an Explorer in 1950. This experience in Scouting included a 45 day trip...Read More

The Camp Book II Version 3 (2021) Definitive Guide To BSA Camps

I am happy to announce the Camp Book II Version 3 (2021) is now available for sale.  Bob Sherman has graciously agreed to allow me to publish the book as I have since 2012.  The latest update features a wealth of additions from the last update in 2014.  So what is the Camp Book II?   It is a complete...Read More

Scouting Hot Finds Radio Podcast #96 Creating Scouting Memorabilia Collecting Guides With Wiatt Williamson

Wiatt Williamson has cracked the code on how to write a Scouting memorabilia guide book. In his years in the hobby he has written over a dozen guides for Order of the Arrow lodges, councils and camps. In this interview he shares the blueprint and makes an offer to share his easy to use template with everyone out there. I...Read More

OA Name & Number Flap Collection Project

For going on 25 years I have been toying with a collection of Order of the Arrow flaps. Since the 1997 National Scout Jamboree I've been keeping a list and trying to add new pieces. But in the last 6 months I've gotten much more serious and made a lot of progress developing a master spreadsheet tracking every lodge that...Read More

Unboxing Huge Boy Scout Memorabilia Collection From New Jersey

This collection was a home run. Two giant boxes filled with patches, neckerchiefs, and all manner of Scouting memorabilia going back over 40+ years. The Scouter that I purchased this collection from lives in Nebraska now but did a lot of his Scouting In New Jersey. He also attended some Jamborees and did a lot of trading. I was blown...Read More

#95 Dating And Identifying Boy Scout Memorabilia With Mitch Reis

Mitch Reis has just published the 5th Edition of A Guide To Dating And Identifying Boy Scouts Of America Badges, Uniform, & Insignia. This book is one of the reference "bibles" that all Scouting memorabilia collectors should have on their shelf. There is hardly a topic that is not covered if it was worn on a uniform. In this interview...Read More

Scouting Hot Finds Boy Scout Category Top 10 List #28

Last minute snipes, insurance bids and good old fashioned store inventory are among the best selling items in the Boy Scout category of eBay for the week of March 1-7, 2021. This video brings back an old classic. My last Top 10 video was published in May of 2012. So in bringing it back I've drawn some inspiration from other...Read More

#94 Clothtalk The Original Scout Memorabilia Podcast With Chris Brightwell

Perhaps the first podcast I ever listened to back in 2006 was an ambitious project that was launched by some guys out of Coosa Lodge 50 in Alabama. Clothtalk was their idea for an audio podcast that would focus on the hobby of collecting Scouting memorabilia. For 29 episodes these guys brought on guests for interviews, had a Trade-O-Ree correspondent,...Read More

Sunday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter March 07, 2021

    I spent hours Friday afternoon rearranging chairs on the Titanic. Ok well not quite that bad but I was moving boxes and totes on the upper shelves in my warehouse that I could only get to on a tall ladder. What started as a simple request from one of my Webelos dads to find his kid a pair...Read More

Friday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter March 05, 2021

    As I say in the video Bill was the NY state editor for the Blue Book while I was a younger collector branching out into chasing other lodges during that time in the mid 1990s. I lean heavy on Bill's first hand experience going from the more name/number focus of the pocket books to the evolution to Arapaho...Read More

Tuesday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter March 02, 2021

    When you watch the video I am almost embarrassed to say how many times I went on and on about the patches from Hawaii. I have never bought a collection from that part of the country so all of the designs were new for me. Plus some of these like the old conclave patches match my personal collections....Read More


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