Friday, May 27, 2016
Some people might assume there is not much to talk about in this small hobby of collecting Scouting memorabilia. However, I've found an endless well of interesting people in the hobby to interview and topics to touch on. Thinking about a fun side collection once you need something easier to chase after? I interviewed Ted Thompson who has been chasing down everything related to SOAR the BSA program from the early 1970s that focused on the concept of "Save Our American Resources". You can hear that interview here SHF Radio: Collecting Roadblock - the BSA's Project S.O.A.R.
This week I took a look at the ISCA website to see if I could figure out what the latest was on the ideas to make some radical changes to the Blue Book and bring it back from the dead. With the radio show I recorded a talk given by Roy More at the Dallas TOR a few years back where he talked about the project. It's not exactly news now but there are some great comments and back and forth in this episode of the radio show: SHF Radio: Order of the Arrow Blue Book 2.0 With Roy More..
Finally one of the things I've always tried to do is feature people are trying to do something positive in the hobby. Whether it be a resource website or a new product. A game changer that was first promoted in Scouting Hot Finds Radio is Patchtrends.com by Brett Estrade. His subscription based service is an excellent way to get an idea what your memorabilia is worth. Listen to this episode of the show to hear the details: SHF Radio: Patchtrends.com Is Go For Launch!.
This weekend I'm moving all my Scouting stuff that is not live on eBay up to Charlotte. One of the goals this summer when I'm not taking the kids to the pool is getting back into a habit of listing new material on my eBay store at www.Patchblanket.com and on my Facebook store at www.ScoutPatchHQ.com.
Tuesday, May 24, 2016
In case anyone was wondering YES I did bring home a collection Sunday. Like most there were plenty of books, uniforms, and a fair share of Boy's Life and Scouting magazines that don't get anybody excited. This collection even had a dozen baseball caps. I'm actually going to try and start moving some of that stuff tonight in the Facebook Group almost as an experiment.
There was one tote that came home from the collection that was full of patches and neckerchiefs. I haven't had time to sort that one out but that's where the jewels are. There were several nice OA neckerchiefs and a few flaps and event patches that I was really happy to get. Overall, it wasn't a huge haul but worth the almost four hour trip to go make the deal.
It looks like I'm going to keep both antique mall booths after all. I went into the Lumberton store yesterday to talk to the owner and explain how I was going to clean out my booth Saturday. But after picking up a nice commission check from April we agreed that for the time being I can just be a long distance booth renter and see how it goes. I've been running a 50% off sale in the booth for some time and that's seems to be driving some good sales.
I haven't talked about the antique mall booths in some time but since summer is around the corner it's possible some of you will be planning trips down Interstate 95 that would take you through North Carolina and South Carolina. Check out www.santeeswapperstore.com to find out the locations and information on both of my booths.
Sunday, May 22, 2016
A Vigil Caldwell pin that is less than $200 with less than 24 hours to go. Hmmmm...I guess everyone is waiting to jump in during the final seconds. Put that one on your watch list. If you like khaki and red communitry strips click on the lot that leads of this block as there are several in there including a Sea Scout blue and white state strip or NJ.
Ok now for a story about the Scouting brotherhood. Last night I went to dinner at a favorite joint from high school days wearing an OA t-shirt. Another diner at the restaurant stopped me and said he remembered me from Scouts (now 25 years ago!). We weren't in the same troop even but he was in the other troop on base. Has something like that ever happened to you?
There are quite a few pre1950 patches in today's issue of the Hot Finds. You can't go wrong picking up patches that are 70 years old. Now if I could just find some of those from my home council I'd be excited.
Later this morning I'm making a run to go look at a collection. I dont have a good handle on what's in there but what I know so far has me willing to drive a few hours out of my way to take a peek. For a patch hound is there anything better than the anticipation of getting first shot at a collection that spans 50 years of Scouting?