Archive October, 2021

Friday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter October 22, 2021

    Wednesday I traveled to GA and only brought home 2 items. But these were worth giving up a day of travel for sure. One is a leather bomber jacket (3xl) with handmade BSA insignia on it. If you have been around you might remember some of these were made by a guy 20-25 years ago in Korea. But...Read More

Tuesday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter October 19, 2021

    This week I published a video interview with Bill Mulrenin focused on the idea of how can you grow your hobby business. It was actually Bill's idea to turn the tables and interview me about tips for how people can get into selling online and what are the pitfalls.   In 2022 the game changes as selling even one item...Read More

Sunday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter October 17, 2021

    Friday I spoke on the phone with Joe Taylor who has started selling his unique OA collection that featured firsts like twill, solid, neckerchief etc from every lodge. His lasting comment to me was if he could go back in a time machine to 1981 he would tell himself don't do it. LOL But he is transitioning his...Read More

Friday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter October 15, 2021

  It's usually a bad idea to announce you are going to do something knowing that technical difficulties could get in the way. But I'll throw caution to the wind as I'm pretty excited about this idea. Today at noon Eastern I'm going attempt my first ever live unboxing on my Facebook Page. Yesterday I got a collection out of the...Read More

Sunday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter October 03, 2021

    Yesterday Matthew Delk and I joined 2-dozen camps at Camp Miles of the SWFC to pitch our summer camp programs. Today we are over in the SFC at Camp Elmore doing the same to troops on the other side of the state. They have been doing these camp shows for a couple of decades and it's an interesting...Read More

Tuesday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter October 12, 2021

  This morning I published my latest unboxing video which was a lot of fun. There are always surprises in these collections. I thought this was just a Michigan kid who attended the 1969 National Jamboree. But when I get into it turns out he spent some time in Japan as a member of Lodge 498. How cool would that...Read More

Sunday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter October 10, 2021

  Last night on Facebook Joe Taylor popped his collection of early OA issues up for sale. I have the spreadsheet here so you can take a look. He collected the first twill, solid and odd shape (not always) from each lodge and put together an amazing collection over decades. But like all of us there comes a time to downsize and...Read More

Friday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter October 8, 2021

  Many of you can relate to this situation. For the last two days all I have done is spend time on bookkeeping in advance of the Oct 15 deadline (yes I always file an extension because I hate taxes). Now that I have turned everything over to the bookkeeper that they asked for I am ready to crank out...Read More

Scouting Hot Finds Insiders Round Table Patch Trading Challenges

In this final part of a Round Table discussion with Bill Mulrenin (NY State OA Trader) and myself we focus on an elephant in the room. Why not get back to the good old days of trading patches. While Bill and I love trading we discuss how for advanced collectors this becomes a real challenge. You are invited to go...Read More

Scouting Hot Finds Insiders Round Table eBay Selling Tips

In this video Bill Mulrenin (NY State OA Trader) and I go a little deeper into the topic of how to turn your collectibles hobby (we focus on Scouting memorabilia) into a small business. In this follow up piece of our interview we focus on pricing and how there is a very unique economy in a collectibles category. Some of...Read More

Scouting Hot Finds Insiders Round Table When Your Hobby Becomes More Like A Business

In this episode of the Scouting Hot Finds Round Table we literally turn the tables. Bill Mulrenin (NY State OA Trader) interviews Jason Spangler (Santeeswapper) regarding the topic of how to grow your hobby into a business. This becomes a very relevant topic with new IRS reporting requirements in 2022 meaning that even $600 in sales will trigger a 1099...Read More

Boy Scout Collection Unboxing 1969 National Jamboree Scout From Michigan

You never know where Scouts go on their journey and it would certainly seem that this Michigan Scout had a connection to Scouting in Japan. In the box I discover some items from the 1970 Nippon Jamboree (the equivalent to our National Jamboree). There were also several BSA patches from Japan possibly for Scouts that were there living on base...Read More

Tuesday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter October 05, 2021

    Earlier this year I bought a used Dodge Grand Caravan that my friend Collin nicknamed the Patch Wagon to use in my business. This morning as many of you are reading this I am sitting in the Dodge dealership getting a check engine light looked at. Hopefully it's just something minor but my local mechanic said it could...Read More