Tuesday, February 2, 2016
Oh I love estate sale finds. Now me personally I never go to estate sales (who has time with 2 kids?) but I love when they bring stuff out of the attic onto eBay. Check out the frame below that belongs to a late 40's early 50's Eagle Scout and Silver Award recipient from Florida. When you click inside you will also see his impressive merit badge sash that is part of the lot.
To collect the new stuff or not collect the new stuff...tis the question. Lately more than 1/2 of my OA block has been filled with patches fresh off the sewing room floor. I pick listings based on bids so there is a lot of interest in the flood of newer issues even if some older guys are turning up their nose at these modern rarities.
The 1975 World Jamboree Subcamp neckerchiefs are one of the more interesting segments of WJ collecting. I've been told there are maybe a dozen (or more) different ones issued and I don't think I've ever seen one sell for less than $100. The one below is doing much better than that which shows you there is continued interest in people finishing their collections on these.
Every week I'm trying to add a new folder or offer in my Facebook Store. This week it's a trade offer! I went through my stuff and determined that even though I love hoarding patches from my home lodge Santee 116...I need to shake loose of some dupes. So I'm offering 1 dozen activity patches from Santee 116 in trade for 1 dozen activity patches from your home lodge. Send me a picture of what you want to trade and we can strike up a deal.
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There is still time to get 50% off on all my CSPs for sale in my eBay store. This sale means you can snap up CSPs for less than $2 on eBay which is pretty unheard of considering the fees. Visit Patchblanket.com to see what I've got marked down.
Tuesday, January 26, 2016
Last night at Girl Scouts I talked to the other troop leaders about the trip to the Summit this summer for a mini camp. Two of the other female leaders are all about it so it looks like we are a go. The information said that we need to expect to walk 7 miles per day on average. Looks like my Fitbit is going to love this trip.
Another fun thing from last night's meeting was a chance to bring a bag full of proficiency badges (MBs) and letting the girls sort them out. We are working on a badge called Girl Scout Way and it worked into our requirements. The part you would think is amazing is the girls were begging to earn the different badges some of which were 50+ years old. That goes to show you the flaws in the current Girl Scout advancement system.
Yes sometimes in the Boy Scout category you can even find weird things like cook books. The Philturn patch is one of the auctions I'm watching in this edition.
My packing project this weekend was to tackle my collection of BSA memorabilia reference guides and see what I had in dupe and what was going to CLT. I turned up more than two dozen duplicates including some real classics that I want to circulate back into the hobby. I've posted all of them for sale in this album with free shipping.
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I know there is continued interest in OA Centennial patches including some of the ones in this block. I think the next big thing will be Jamboree even though it's well over a year away. Since kids are signing up you can expect to see the fundraising sets out very soon I anticipate.
Monday, January 25, 2016
Well for any of you out there that have worked on a lodge memorabilia history book I hope you've taken time by now to review the major changes proposed in the reworking of the Blue Book. One of the most notable is dropping the "S" designation for solid embroidered flaps and making "F" be the letter used to describe all flap shaped insignia regardless of its material. That in turn would renumber most lodges completely. See maybe you should read and comment on this before it becomes final. Click here to take part.
Well in the process of packing this weekend that included going through all my Boy Scout memorabilia reference material. I had them in a couple of different places and merged all the piles together and discovered a had a few dupes. I'll be listing on those on my Facebook Bargain Store tomorrow including a copy of the original 1970s Arapahoe.
One of the coolest parts of this cleaning project was reading the first couple pages of each book. I was not really familiar with some of the authors but it's amazing to lay them all out on the floor and literally look at the history of this hobby. If I really find some time I'd like to make a blog post listing all these works to share on the net. Almost all of them are hopelessly out of print but still it's neat to see the DNA of the hobby in these reference books.
So far this year the readers of the Hot Finds have purchased 48 boxes of cookies online to help pay for my daughter Sophia to attend a camp at the BSA High Adventure base in WV. This year the Girl Scouts have made it even easier to sell cookies to friends online. The simple storefront here lets you pick any flavor and have them shipped to your house. Sophia still gets credit and you get months, or weeks or for some of you just a couple days worth of yummy treats that almost taste better coming out of the freezer.
The most recent new folder in my Facebook Bargain Store is one dedicated to the patches issued by the Scout Patch Collectors Facebook Group. I've got some of these in dupe and I included some bulk deals to help me close them out. I also added a folder with some repro OA jacket patches that are looking for a new home. What's next? Well for some reason my patch addiction got the better of me this week and I purchased nearly 1,000 CSPs and JSPs from two different guys. I'm going to roll the dice and list those on FB at ScoutPatchHQ.com and see if they will move.