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Monday was one of those days where you look at your desk and say ok there has to be a better system.  Two hours later and one new shelf mounted on the wall and I think I've got a much better work space.  The big table/desk that I purchased from the Habitat For Humanity store is clean and organized so I'm ready to make today productive in patch world.
Vintage Boy Scout Memorabilia Up First
I got an email this morning from my lodge adviser stating that he was stepping down for health reasons.  I think being a lodge adviser would put most people in the hospital.  It takes a special kind of talent to shepard all those adult egos and teenage hormones.  However, somehow Rondal Johnson of Santee 116 found a way to plug in everybody according to their talents and interests and the lodge has taken off under his leadership.  That's kinda the secret sauce to Scouting - getting good volunteers.
Order of the Arrow Auctions Live on eBay
After being married for almost twenty years my wife engaged me in the fruitless conversation last night about why I needed to go to a District Banquet on Thursday and a Trade-O-Ree on Friday.  Really? Does that conversation sound familiar to any of you? 
Scouting Auctions Ending Soon on eBay
Yesterday I worked out a nice deal with another collector on a payment plan.  For once it's somebody sending me money instead of the other way around.  I am always trying to downsize some of my dupes and he is happy to get one piece of his collection 95% complete.  I need to do that more often. 
Patchblanket.com eBay Store Santeeswapper
I've got a bunch of first time auctions live on eBay right now. Today my plan is to stay off social media and hunker down for some major eBay listing progress.  I need to finish up a few boxes of neckerchiefs and get some other 1/2 way down boxes closed out.  My goal is 200 new items listed but that's going to take some work.
I got another table renter check in the mail yesterday for the Charlotte TOR.  Hopefully my Cubmaster is going to ride up with me to the Old Hickory TOR Friday so we can spend some money and talk to other area collectors about making the trip to CLT in March. Next week we are having dinner with Larry Banks (the legend!) to have a sit down about getting ideas for the show and about planting seeds among new collectors in the area.  Doing all this gives me a lot of sympathy for other TOR organizers and has me thinking of ways I can help promote everybody's shows for the hobby. 

Yours in Scouting,


Jason Spangler
Santeeswapper LLC

Make plans now to attend the return of a tradition that's been missing for too long - the Charlotte TOR.  I'm helping organize the show as a fundraiser for Pack 33 at Sardis Presbyterian Church in Charlotte.  We couldn't have a more supportive host.  The church just celebrated 75 years of Scouting including sponsoring two troops and a pack.  The show is being held in the 8,000+ square foot fellowship hall.  We have ample parking and many amenities in this part of Charlotte.