Tuesday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter January 19, 2021

    This collection was from Texas originally and the guy had been in the OA in the 1970s. So as I was pulling out the stack of flaps and going through them my attention was on the Chief Lone Wolf issues. Maybe because I always thought that was a cool name for a lodge or maybe because I thought...Read More

Sunday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter January 17, 2021

    Ok so time to confess! When I spotted this old BSA green wool jacket it was at $31. I put in a snipe bid of $125 and got toasted as it sold for $161.50. This is the elusive green version of the red wool Jac-shirt that everyone wears. It also looks to be like an adult size which...Read More

Friday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter January 15, 2021

    I already have all my items in ziplock bags and labeled so my inventory strategy was pretty simple if not time consuming. I downloaded my active listings to a spreadsheet and using good old mail merge created labels for every bag with the price, title and quantity. Then every week I tackled a different section of the shelves...Read More

Tuesday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter January 12, 2021

    As Doug shares in the interview the leads for the project were Russell Smart and Rick Bragga (National Museum Committee). They were helped by about a dozen dedicated volunteer Scouters including some from other countries. The exhibit was visited by thousands and thousands of participants and visitors like myself during the WSJ.   It seems that I've caused...Read More

Sunday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter January 10, 2021

    Yesterday I spent the day doing Scouting. Our troop went about 2 hours northwest into the "snow line" from our recent storm. The Scouts went snow tubing at Hawks Nest which included a fun snow ball fight at a park afterwards. I don't know if the Guide To Safe Scouting allows that but when you are from the...Read More

Friday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter January 08, 2021

    I know that a lot of micro entrepreneurs don't really want to hire help. But I have always found that a lot of the steps in selling on eBay can easily be done by a non Scout person. It's the wording of the title and the pricing that is kinda the part that relies on some expertise. But...Read More

Tuesday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter January 05, 2021

    For 12 years now I have been publishing the Hot Finds email newsletter. The podcast launched the following year in 2011 and was followed by other web projects and videos. All of this free content was for my own enjoyment and to help light a spark in the hobby.   So the answer to how I am going...Read More

Sunday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter January 03, 2021

    I filmed a video 6 years ago with Matt Delk focused on his collection of OA belt buckles at the Easley, SC TOR. I remember using a really inexpensive Nikon point and shoot camera but it turned out just fine. Matt is an entertainer (you should see him at a campfire!) and his video has been viewed over...Read More

Friday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter January 01, 2021

  The majority of the items in the collection are from Plankeshaw Council, Camp Cherokee Hills and Waukheon Lodge 55. The only painful part was that his photo album had all the patches stapled in although thankfully there was no rust on the staples.   I was very happy to get both his dad's Eagle medal and Silver Beaver medal...Read More

Friday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter December 18, 2020

    Well for the third time now a very generous Scouter has put the sale of some portion of their Scout collection towards a project at Camp Barstow. Some of you might remember earlier in the year I took the ranger on an $800 shopping spree at Lowes with the proceeds of one sale. This time a Scouter donated...Read More

Tuesday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter December 15, 2020

  I started collecting Senior Scouting memorabilia after I kinda gave up tracking down all the new contrived rarities that were being issued among the OA lodges in the Carolinas. But I already had a pretty good start without even knowing it.   Through all years of buying collections I never tried to sell any insignia. I just didn't speak...Read More

Sunday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter December 13, 2020

  Call me crazy but I think t-shirts are an under appreciated category of collecting. Maybe it's because t-shirts almost never survive 40+ years later whereas people put their patches in a cigar box for safekeeping and they survive untouched. Maybe it's because there are no reference books on them and even in lodge histories I see that document the...Read More

Friday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter December 11, 2020

    So simply put what I am looking for is a college kid who is tech savy enough to fire up a program like Audacity and listen with a good ear to the interview. Delete all the uhms, uhhs, coughs and other noises that turn off listeners. Then mix in a little bumper music and create a finished product....Read More

Tuesday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter December 08, 2020

    Next week I've been asked by John Pleasants to present a quick overview of collecting Senior Scouting memorabilia on the digital cracker barrel. This is an area I got deep into about 5 years ago. With some help from Russel Smart I added needs and now I'm sitting with a pretty good collection. If you want to get...Read More

Friday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter December 04, 2020

    The bread and butter of my eBay business is patches selling for less than $10. If someone needs a patch or just likes it then it's a lot easier to make an impulse decision to buy it for less than 10 bucks. So the formula that makes the most sense is have as many patches listed as possible...Read More

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