Sunday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter February 19, 2017

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Well here is my big announcement for this issue of the Hot Finds. In the next 10 days I'll be pulling up stakes on my antique mall booths along the I-95 corridor and bringing everything to Charlotte. My goal was to have all this taken care of in time to promote the new location at the Charlotte TOR and it looks like that's all going to work out. In Charlotte the marquee antique mall is the Sleepy Poet on South Blvd. and that's where I'll be set up. I won't say I'm excited because it's going to be a ton of work to move everything and set it back up but it's the right decision to get it 20 minutes from my house instead of 2.5 hours away.

For a while I was really hedging my bets on whether to keep this strategy going at all - what I jokingly call my "brick and mortar" location. The two booths have mostly broken even but it's not been a slam dunk. But last week it kinda dawned on me when I got a call from the Sleepy Poet letting me know that they had a booth space saved for me. What I really need to think of this booth as is my liquidation center. Instead of pricing things at "antique mall prices" and you know what that means. I need to price things at 1/2 of that and get rid of some inventory.

I have so many uniform parts, books, camping gear and all the 3-dimensional Scouting things that are tough to ship (think mugs!). What I'll do in my new booth is try and blow it out versus sitting on everything by selling it for what I think it should go for. I have so many patches in boxes here in the office that I'm never going to get around to listing all those other items on the Internet so it's time to price them to go!

I have decided to just list for auction everything from the PA collection that I posted on Facebook at the end of the week. You wouldn't believe the message traffic I was getting so it kinda spooked me that I ought to just put it up and let things ride. So assuming that my wife let's me work the computer late tonight I'll have everything launched for a 7-day run. But I've still got lots of stuff ending soon including many of the items included below.

 

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Friday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter February 17, 2017

Friday, February 17, 2017

One of the things that Boy Scout collectors will enjoy during the interview is that Becky and I try to describe the differences between the two hobbies. She got her start hunting GSofA stuff at Boy Scout TORs and of course I have a foot in both worlds.

One of my favorite flaps is up for bids and linked in here. The Double Black from Santee 116 is an error issue came out in 1969. The seller started the bidding really low so this one will definitely be testing the market.

I posted a video yesterday unboxing a collection I picked up in October from PA that was a neat time capsule. This Scouter had attended all the Jamborees in the 1950s and had some really cool pieces from his time on staff at Camp Delmont. This weekend I'm going to launch all it up for bids on eBay so that people can get what they want and be fair to everyone that expressed interest.

 

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SHF Radio #78: Girl Scout Memorabilia Collecting with Becky Byrns

Friday, February 17, 2017

Becky Byrns was the first collector to host a national Girl Scout collectors show back in the 1990s. Now with 15 shows under her belt and another coming up in a few weeks she is my guest on Scouting Hot Finds Radio. Becky and I talk about the unique points of Girl Scout memorabilia including badges, dolls, jewelry and more. Since I've been collecting Girl Scout stuff for about four years I've enjoyed leaning on her as a resource and was excited to get her on the show to share that with everyone. We also try and compare and contrast how Boy Scout collecting is different from Girl Scouts.

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