Friday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter January 5, 2024

  I have been in touch with Russell Smart and he shared he is putting some of his high end odd shapes on eBay for sale. He still has a lot of items including First Flaps and WABs in the shopify store and we discussed some marketing ideas for the new year.   On Patchsniper this week you can find many rare Scout...Read More

Tuesday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter January 2, 2023

  Before the ball dropped the other night I completed the project of merging all of my eBay stores into one. I tried this experiment of having multiple stores to shuffle around some stale inventory. It worked! By the end of the year sales in those two other accounts made up 30% of my year end totals.   Tables for...Read More

Sunday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter December 31, 2023

  We have visited all the family and today, the last day of the year, will be one staying home and reflecting on goals and new opportunities in the coming year. Today I'll finish merging all of my eBay stores into one. Today I'll write down goals in my journal and scratch out a tracking system to monitor progress. Today...Read More

Friday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter December 29, 2023

  It's a good sign going forward that to finish the year I've completed a major project. Through lots and lots of messaging on Facebook and utilizing information from Brian's website I have created a simple 1-page flier that has all of the scheduled TORs for 2024. So far that list includes 41 shows from January - December.   I am taking...Read More

Tuesday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter December 26, 2023

  I know that New Years resolutions don't work but that doesn't mean that you can't set goals for 2024 and lay the foundation to achieve them. For my patch business I've already instituted some changes that will streamline next year. This week I'm simplifying my store structure after evaluating and tracking sales and other metrics.   For those of...Read More

Friday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter December 22, 2023

  For probably the first time ever I have both kids working for me at this moment in the warehouse. Sophia is ironing neckerchiefs and Patrick is photographing OA jacket patches. I am taking Stephen Perrone's advice and treating them to tacos here shortly as I want to be able to remember the first (and last?) time I got both...Read More

Tuesday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter December 19, 2023

  The last few days I've been diving into my stacks of common rank patches from the last seventy years. I kinda consider everything post WWII to be fairly common. With the help of Paul Myers book that has color images and Mitch Reis's book that categorizes and includes dates I have started listing these.   When you look at...Read More

Sunday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter December 17, 2023

  A friend of mine Jason Ricker has been auctioning lots of Boy Scout paper. Old pictures, lodge programs, Region paperwork you name it. I was not sure how this stuff would go when he first started a month or so ago. But it turns out the old history that is contained in this ephemera and photographs is unique and there...Read More

Friday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter December 15, 2023

  For the last two days I've enjoyed having an elf in my shop. Sophia came home from college Wednesday and has been working with me to get some extra spending money. It turns out that being a college student is expensive. Going out with friends especially has drained her budget. So I'll take the extra help and enjoy her...Read More

Tuesday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter December 12, 2023

  A first world problem is how do you logically lot up several thousand CSPs in order to raise the average sales price. Right now on eBay I have over 10k listings in my category of CSPs. Listing a bunch of common CSPs one at a time does not make much sense. So what do I do with the approximately...Read More

Sunday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter December 10, 2023

  I got back Saturday from the Old Hickory TOR with an unusual haul. On the roof rack I had a freshly cut Christmas tree from Virginia. Possibly in an attempt to please my wife I promised that in going to the show I would visit a tree farm Saturday and bring us home a hand picked fresh tree. The...Read More

Friday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter December 8, 2023

  This afternoon I'm headed up to Winston-Salem NC for the Old Hickory TOR. This is a really long running show that is probably the poster child of what a local show ought to be. The event helps raise money for the council historical society and it is deeply focused on stuff from that area. They usually get a good...Read More

Tuesday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter December 5, 2023

  I was in a book club zoom last night with some other business owners land we kicked around the idea. The consensus is that it would be a 1 hour show at set times during the week. I have played with the idea of including an unboxing into this format but not sure if that's doable. You might remember...Read More

Sunday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter December 3, 2023

  I got home late yesterday from a long weekend of slinging cloth at the National Cap TOR. I met so many Hot Finds readers and got to spend time with some new folks and old friends. The fellowship and opportunity to network at a show are invaluable and I can't stress enough that everyone should plan to attend a...Read More

Friday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter December 1, 2023

  It was very ironic for me to meet a guy last night at the Chick-fil-A along Interstate 95 just above the North Carolina border to purchase a small collection. We had been talking for months but I rarely get to that side of the state. But driving up the TOR in VA this weekend I was on that side...Read More

  

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