SHF Radio #72: Boy Scout Council Hits The Trade-O-Ree Circuit and eBay!

Friday, January 23, 2015


I met Mary Lou Schwarzer at the recent Easley, South Carolina Trade-O-Ree sponsored by Chris Jensen. What makes his encounter interesting is that she drove down from the Blue Ridge Mountains Council in Virginia ( to unload a lot of her council's old inventory including camp patches, OA and special issue CSPs. In talking with here I also learned that she has an official BSA council account on eBay and regularly sells items on that marketplace as well. Mary Lou graciously agreed to let me interview her to find out her impressions of the TOR and tips on how it works for a non-profit to sell on eBay.

The interview runs about fifteen minutes and I think it really should give Boy Scout councils and other non-profits some ideas for how to leverage the millions of potential customers on eBay. What if you could sell on eBay with no listing or final value fees and get reduced shipping costs? Listen in while she also explains how sellers can use the service to donate money directly from their auction sales to the non-profit of their choice. What if councils could reach out to local sellers and have them 10% of their gross eBay sales as a contribution?

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This is episode #72 of the podcast built for the Scouting memorabilia collecting community and I have big plans to keep going in 2015. I hope to have more guests, more topics and with the largest National Order of the Arrow Conference ever taking place at Michigan State you can believe this is going to be a good year for the hobby.

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Tuesday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter January 20, 2015

Friday, January 23, 2015


This should be a good week for new content. I've got an episode of Scouting Hot Finds Radio ready to go mid-week. At the Easley TOR we recorded another video episode of Thread Heads with some special guests. If I can just get around to listing some stuff on eBay instead of playing with all these fun projects I'll be good.

Last night I hung out on the Facebook Group for about an hour and experienced just how fast things move on there. A brand new member that I had just approved posted a picture of a lot he wanted to move. I was the first to comment but I swear within minutes another ten comments had popped up asking for other items. If that's not an online TOR I don't know what is.

The bread and butter of my strategy back in the days before the Scout Patch Collectors Facebook Group was to post links to interesting auctions to get some buzz. Those of you who were on the old Patchblanket forums will remember those days. I've started to use my Hot Finds Facebook page to do a little of that today. Be sure and like the page so you can see what I'm up to.

I listen to a lot of NPR shows using my iPhone and imagine my surprise when I saw the title of this recent show from the On Point with Tom Ashbrook: "A Golden Age of Audio Podcasts". The show I'm going to produce this week will be episode 72 of my podcast called Scouting Hot Finds Radio.

At the recent Easley TOR I definitely did a whole lot more buying than selling. That is sorta what happens when you are looking for bargains. However, in my case I also invested in some new collections including Senior Scouting items and merit badges, insignia.

Yesterday we took the Girl Scout troop to an indoor climbing wall facility since everybody had the day off from school. Sophia was probably one of the best climbers in the bunch and her little brother wasn't too shabby. One of the funniest moments of the day was when I climbed to the top of a high wall. My trusty belay person was none other than my wife who still weighs around 120 pounds soaking wet. So when it was time for me to "fall" off let's just say I wasn't the only person laughing at the end.





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Sunday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter January 18, 2015

Friday, January 23, 2015


There is a lot of buzz on the Facebook group following to marquee TORs this weekend. One of the things I was able to do at the Easley TOR was record some great content that I will be sharing with the hobby coming up. I also got to see a lot of collecting friends and brought home a good bit of new inventory.

Of the three pieces of content that got recorded the first was a video shot with Doug Chambers. In my parts Doug is known as the "pin guy" because he collects hat pins. Some of you thought that niche died out twenty-five years ago but he actually sees a renaissance and is very passionate about it.

The piece of content that you are likely to see produced this week was an interview with the Trading Post manager of the Blue Ridge Mountains Council. Marylou came down with thousands of camp patches, JSPs, and csps to sell which filled up four tables. I recorded an audio interview with her and she shared how she has been selling council merchandise on eBay as an official non-profit.

The final piece of new content will also get published very soon. For the first time in over a month we recorded a live round of Thread Heads. I recruited Todd Rogers, Todd Kelly and in the video drafted Chris Jensen along with Justin Carlisle to sit in on the panel. The focus was talking about TORs.

This afternoon my daughter is going to walk the neighborhood selling cookies. We set up a table after church this morning and we are going to knock on peoples doors during the championship football games this afternoon hoping that folks are home.

I am going to start experimenting with advertising in this Sunday issue by offering up my closing block to anyone interested. It would have to be the right fit but if you are interested message me. Today I'm giving a shout out to Mike McAdams and Chip Elliott who authored the Philmont book.





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