Tuesday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter June 11, 2024

  Ok my first live stream auction on Whatnot is scheduled for January 17 @ 4 PM est. I was waiting to try this until I had an interesting collection for the inaugural show. That box landed in my office recently when I purchased items from the estate of the founder of the Florida Sea Base - Sam Wampler. That's...Read More

Sunday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter June 9, 2024

    I had some questions about the Whatnot live auction that I broke the news on Friday. So here are a few points to help explain. If you have a smart phone it's an App that you can download. It's a bit like watching a YouTube video when the show starts but there is a running chat where you can interact with...Read More

Friday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter June 7, 2024

  Well the crash test dummy (emphasis on the dummy) is ready to do it again. I am going to throw myself into a new reselling platform this summer and I hope you will come along for the ride. In about 10 days I'm going to run my first live sale on Whatnot featuring a really unique collection that I got this...Read More

Tuesday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter June 4, 2024

    Many of you that work in corporate America have participated in building a mission statement for your business over the last decade plus. I am in a book club every Monday night and we now have that as our homework for next week. So I have to nail down a statement in less than 25 words that describes...Read More

Sunday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter June 2, 2024

    This morning I led the beginning of a 5-week multi-generational Sunday School class on gun violence. I was asked by some leaders in the church to step up and be the facilitator for week 1. I really only agreed but instantly my mind went to the saddest funeral I've ever attended. A few years ago we lost a...Read More

Friday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter May 31, 2024

  In the eBay resller world there is always talk of a dreaded summer slow down. A time where people go on vacation and are less focused on buying stuff for kids, school etc. As we are in a hobby that doesn't really have a calendar like that I'm not sure if it's the same. Sure some of us go...Read More

Sunday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter May 26, 2024

  So what about WhatNot? Last night as I'm driving home from SC an old friend starts up a text thread (yes I used hands free!). He was watching a stream on the live selling App WhatNot. We got into a discussion of the platform and he indicated that with some of his old Star Wars stuff he was thinking...Read More

Friday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter May 24, 2024

  This morning I published a new unboxing video (yes that makes 2 weeks in a row!) for everyone to enjoy. My method here is to try and tell the story of the Scout who's collection I have ended up with. Hopefully newer collectors will take something away from these and get inspired.   I have been sorting in the...Read More

Sunday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter May 19, 2024

  Tonight on eBay there are many auctions to watch. By clicking through the Hot Finds you can find some of the ones that have drawn the most interest from fellow collectors.   On a normal walk in the neighborhood recently I found a perfect summer employee to help get projects moving at the warehouse. We ran into our son's...Read More

Friday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter May 17, 2024

  It's been a while since I've had a new unboxing video to share with the readers. Yesterday I cracked open a few boxes at the office and recorded the unboxing. One of these is a vintage Wisconsin collection that ended up in an estate sale in Florida. The second collection came from Alaska via Florida (a pattern yes!) that...Read More

Tuesday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter May 14, 2024

  I wanted to acknowledge an email many of us got from Brett Estrade last week regarding the retirement of what some of us still call PatchTrends.com but later changed to BoyScoutPatchInfo. While the site is still up and running he has given up trying to herd the cats and collect ongoing eBay sales data. But we should celebrate his...Read More

Sunday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter May 5, 2024

  Well the year long wait to reset the calendar was worth it. Coming out of COVID we held the CLT TOR in the fall both in 2021 and 2022. But seeing that a spring date seemed better for everyone I skipped all of 2023. It has been 16 months since we held the show which was a bit of...Read More

Friday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter May 3, 2024

  Last night Chris Jensen arrived with tables and with help from some local Scouters we got the room set for this weekend's Charlotte Trade-O-Ree. There are over 100 tables in the fellowship hall and with some last minute additions we now have 30 vendors renting tables. I hope to see some of you there!   One of the big...Read More

Tuesday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter April 30, 2024

  Last night I made a trip to the church to hang the banner and put out the road signs to promote the event locally. I also attend the Pack meeting to talk it up to the Cubs and get the parents engaged to help volunteer. One of our troops is set to do the concessions so it's really a...Read More

Sunday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter April 28, 2024

  I just got back from the E7 Conclave hosted here in Charlotte by Catawba Lodge 459. The event was a success with over 750 participants from the member lodges. For my part I was able to set up a campfire blanket display and share this tradition with many Scouts and Scouters. In addition the patch trading was great and...Read More

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