Scouting Hot Finds Insiders Round Table Episode #1

Let's talk about Boy Scout patches! In the first episode of this monthly series the Round Table welcomes Bill Mulrenin the NY State OA Trader. This new project comes out of my Patreon Group called the Scouting Hot Finds Insiders.   Bill is a veteran collector who serves on the board of the Ten Mile River Scout Reservation Museum. For...Read More

Tuesday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter January 26, 2021

    If you have been to the pop up museum at recent NOACs then you have seen a portion of Russell's amazing collection. Always up for a challenge he read Chris Jensen's copy of the Wabaningo book and asked "how hard would these be to get"? Now if there ever was a true reason for someone to use the...Read More

Sunday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter January 24, 2021

    We got Zuko in June when he was about six weeks old. He has been just about the most loving and people friendly cat we have ever owned. But he has a few quirks as he was born from a family of barn cats in rural South Carolina. He has this thing about plastic bags! He will find...Read More

Friday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter January 22, 2021

    I have been actively working on my name/number collection for the last 6 months. During that time I've researched all the mergers to make sure my spreadsheet is accurate, printed labels with identifying historical information, and started repackaging my collection into plastic. More importantly I started going on a buying spree purchasing needs from many of the dealers...Read More

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

Scouting Hot Finds Radio #91 Collecting Early OA Odd Shapes With Russell Smart

For several decades Russell Smart was on a mission. He came up with a simple enough goal. Can I get the first patch issued by the oldest lodge in every state? That rabbit hole of collecting led him to add other needs to the list but eventually he was able to get that impossible collection about 93% complete. In our...Read More

Vintage Texas Boy Scout Collection Unboxing with OA Flaps & More

This Texas collection was a treat for me to unbox as it contained several dozen OA flaps that are my favorite piece of Scouting memorabilia. There are actually 2 unboxings in this video. I actually figured out later that they all belonged to the same guy! He had just found more and sent it to me as a 2nd round...Read More


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