Tuesday, February 24, 2015
The snow is falling in my corner of North Carolina and the kids are home from school (again) so it's a good day to work on patches. I've been working on two boxes of camp patches that I hope to have ready tonight to get up on eBay as a fixed priced listing.
Last week I posted my needs in the Tuesday newsletter. That did generate some leads but it also confirmed what I suspected - that my needs are pretty tough! I've got just one patch that I am going to highlight in a block below that would make me really happy to fill.
The OA category is definitely popping as lots of people are starting up collections of flaps issued for the Centennial. I haven't joined the club yet but perhaps if my lodge comes out with a flap that I can then trade that will change.
When I sat down with Russell Smart in January he told me that sometimes the Asst. Adviser patches are hard to find because back in the late 30s and 40s there may have only been one adult leading a patrol within a troop of Senior Scouts. I have a pretty complete collection of those early days for Explorers but the patch pictured here would help me fill a hole in my collection and make my day. So I'm making an appeal to the Hot Finds community - if you have one of these available let me know. Thanks!
I have stopped plugging my store in every single issue of the Hot Finds so I don't wear out my welcome. Over on www.ScoutPatchHQ.com there are 3500+ items listed for sale including lots of OA.
I have a "date" this week with Brad to film a new episode of Thread Heads. If we can pull it off it will be featured in Friday's issue.
Monday, February 23, 2015
While some of you were spending this weekend at a TOR I was taking the Girl Scouts to spend the day with some engineering students at NC State. Other than that minor scrape with a '98 Nissan Sentra we made it home safely. This is the second time I've had issues trying to park the church mini-bus in Raleigh for Girl Scout events.
A really cool thing happened on the new website I've been focused on recently. For the first time ever I had a guest post published on the site. One of the ideas of www.ScoutPatchCollectors.com is to make it a place to share stories and resources to help the hobby. Well non other than Destry Hoffard wrote and published a great reminiscence about the famous Apple bags from the 1985 Jamboree.
I got in the OA during the summer of 1986 and YES a few of the really cool patch traders that came back from the Jamboree in my lodge had Apple bags. Like Destry it took years before I got one for myself but I'm proud to say today I own 2.
Years later while working in a school the media center lady was throwing out old stuff and I snagged what I like to call a "Super Apple Bag". It's basically made of the exact same materials but is was meant to carry a large CPU type computer and so its like a big box almost a 2' across cube. Not as useful as the laptop case from '85 but I couldn't pass it up.
My Sunday trip into the podcast archives continues with the overall 6th episode of the show. In this episode I interview my personal Internet Jedi Master. My friend Paul Gowder grew up in Santee with me and was a year ahead of me in college at the University of SC. In this show I interview him about the website he started as a hobby which has now turned into a true business with tens of thousands of visitors. Click the link in the bottom box to listen.
Sunday, February 22, 2015
I have a lot packed into this issue of the Hot Finds. There is a new video chat published with myself and Hank Birdsong talking about ways to acquire cheap trading stock. This week I also spent several hours working on the TOR calendar and it features 18 new flyers that I have posted. One weekend in March has 5 shows for you to choose from!
The new video is part of a series that Hank Birdsong and I started up back in 2013 that we named Cloth Talk 2.0. It's named in honor of the groundbreaking podcast that was created by some guys in Coosa 50 maybe 10 years ago. If anybody has their contact information send me an email! I'd love to interview them and catch up.
Originally Hank and I wanted to have a quick video show to support our collaboration on CarolinaOA.com. In fact if you check out the site you'll find the first several episodes were strictly about topics for that area of interest. However, in the latest batch we recorded we've turned to some more general collecting topics just offering advice for folks starting out in the hobby.
So what's the difference between this Cloth Talk 2.0 and the video series Thread Heads? Well right now not very much! I hope each show will have it's own personality and will both serve the hobby.
I got all caught up with the TOR calendar listed below. The items are in orange are new to the calendar for your reference. I appreciate all of you sending me emails and for the resource at BSATOR.com.