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I published episode #93 of my podcast Scouting Hot Finds Radio.  This time my interview was with the NY State OA Trader Bill Mulrenin.  Since 2004 he has maintained a blog site focused on the Empire State OA issues.  During those 17 years he has posted over 5,000 times updating collectors on what's new and sharing the stories of  the memorabilia.
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I listened to the interview again this morning and realized that I kept coming back to a central theme.  It's up to the veteran collectors to share their knowledge with the next generation if we want to preserve and grow the hobby.  Certainly his website has been a great example of that all these years.  You will also hear me plea for others to start niche specific websites (or books!) on their lodge, conclave, council, camp or in his case a whole statewide focus. 
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The ISCA Journal and predecessor publications have certainly been doing this for many years.  It's not as easy to access those printed copies as there is not really a searchable index like Bill's website has.  We also talk about how Facebook is terrible at archiving pictures and information (again what a website does pretty well). 
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This morning I eclipsed a personal milestone.  A bit like watching your car's odometer in hopes of catching it at the exact moment it rolls over to a big round number.  This morning my Patchblanket eBay store hit 40k active items.  I've been building towards this ever since eBay changed the listing fees and encouraged collectibles sellers to put it all out there for sale.  My next goal is 50k items which I hope to hit this fall.

SHF Radio Podcast #93 NY State OA Trader Bill Mulrenin
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On eBay this week I have 371 auctions with minimum bids totaling over $10,000.  These auctions include some really good stuff that I have picked up over the last few months.  Some of these pieces you may even remember seeing in unboxing videos.

I've got a busy week of making new content.  Today I am interviewing another TOR sponsor.  Wednesday I'm interviewing a collector for the podcast.  Then on Thursday I am with Brad England for our next episode of Thread Heads.  Sorta like I said with Bill Mulrenin, we gotta keep the energy alive in this hobby even through bankruptcy, COVID and political turmoil in the country.
Keep Calm And Scout On,
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Jason Spangler
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In Charlotte, North Carolina I have an antique mall booth that is filled with nothing but Scouting stuff.  I call this location my clearance center because I've marked down everything to move.  A lot of what you will find there are items that are too bulky to easily ship from an Internet store.  The booth is located in The Sleepy Poet which is a well established antique mall on South Blvd in Charlotte.  The mall is open 7-days/week year round.  So the next time you are in the area come check it out.