Friday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter April 26, 2024

  This afternoon I'm pushing off to the Cornerstone Conclave at my local Belk Scout Reservation. There are 9 lodges that are part of this conclave and that means a lot of familiar faces and good patch trading. I'm determined that this year I'll try and enjoy the event instead of being a die hard thread head. As in for...Read More

Tuesday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter April 23, 2024

  Judging from the posts on Facebook I can see there are conclaves taking place across what we used to call the southern region here the last two weekends of April. I believe VA has there's coming up this weekend along with E8 which is my home CST. I'll be driving to Belk Scout Reservation Friday to attend what we...Read More

Sunday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter April 21, 2024

  I had a good time at the E8 Cardinal Conclave this weekend at Camp Raven Knob in North Carolina. Saturday I participated in the OAExpo with a booth on the tradition of campfire blankets in Scouting. I think I won over some converts and planted the seeds for some people to start a project!   There was some light...Read More

Friday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter April 19, 2024

  Later today I'll be driving a little less than 2 hours to get to Camp Raven Knob for the Cardinal Conclave. The emails I have received show they expect 900 Scouts and Scouters to attend the event. At one time this conclave could draw upwards of 1500 depending on who was hosting. I'm sure like all things in Scouting...Read More

Tuesday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter April 16, 2024

  Coming up May 3-4 everyone is invited to come to Charlotte for our TOR held at my church. Two of our Scout units host the event and I'm the coordinator. So far we have table renters from 7 states and only have about a dozen tables remaining. If you want to save your spot grab one ASAP before we are sold...Read More

Sunday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter April 14, 2024

  It's a lucky April for me when the two conclaves in the Carolinas are on opposite weekends. That's how the calendar lines up this year with Wahissa 118 hosting the Cardinal Conclave at Camp Raven Knob next weekend. The patch trading is always a little iffy at this event (no offense anyone!) as sometime the patch traders are lucky...Read More

Friday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter April 12, 2024

  Just like every issue of the Hot Finds I have scoured the category looking for auctions with bids. This issue is hot off the press - no waiting around this time!   Today I'm meeting a storage lot picker to take a look at a collection. These are my least favorite people to deal with. They #1 don't have...Read More

Tuesday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter April 9, 2024

  Once again I'm behind and ya'll are getting an issue of the Hot Finds one day late. But at least I have a fun video to share. In this one I show the handiwork of Bill Chadek out in Nebraska who has a talent for refurbishing Scouting sheath knives and hand axes.   I have given away so many...Read More

Sunday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter April 7, 2024

  Later this month I will have two opportunities to share my Scouting memorabilia collection with Scouts and Scouters at conclaves. I will have a booth at the OA-Expo at the NC Cardinal Conclave and a similar set up at the Cornerstone Conclave. Thinking of Mike McAdams (Thrifty Scout Museum) I wanted to make these more than just a bunch...Read More

Friday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter April 5, 2024

  You never know what will show up on eBay each week. In this issue you can find a 1925 Camping Merit Badge pamphlet along with many other surprises. This is a good time of year for listing as there are many Scouting events soon to happen.   There are numerous TORs going on during March-April-May so be sure to...Read More

Tuesday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter April 2, 2024

  I have been a little radio silent and I appreciate a few of you reaching out to ask why. Last week I lost my mom after a brief stint in the hospital due to pneumonia. There really aren't words to describe the hole in your life when you loose your mom. But I'd like to tell you just a...Read More

Tuesday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter March 26, 2024

  I've had some family health issues going on that prevented me from getting out an issue Sunday. But today the Hot Finds is reloaded with all new auctions ready for a look.   Today I'm meeting with a lady who has her FIL's collection from the 1920s. It is still amazing to me to get memorabilia that is 100...Read More

Friday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter March 22, 2024

  This morning when I peaked back to look at my eBay operation I found that yesterday was my lowest sales day in all of 2024. I was instantly reminded of a comment my wife made. We attended the Round 1 games of the NCAA mens tournament yesterday in Charlotte. She looked around the Spectrum Center (announced attendance 18k+) and...Read More

Tuesday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter March 19, 2024

  Today's new unboxing (the first in a while!) features an amazing campfire blanket from CA that I got in a collection. This one is loaded with OA and it's a keeper. YES! I actually collect campfire blankets and have more than a dozen from many different countries.   I was asked yesterday to come to a Scouting event next...Read More

Sunday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter March 17, 2024

  I have a bit of a dilemma to sort out. I often say in my business that I recycle items back into the hobby. That is very true in that I don't throw anything away. Whether it's an unfinished wooden neckerchief slide from one kids attempt at Woodcarving Merit Badge or the Cub Scout neckerchief that millions of kids...Read More

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