I had some experiences over the last few days that several of you can relate to. Have you ever struggled to explain to relatives this crazy little hobby of ours? I've been doing the patch thing a long time but when you've got a houseful of people and a basement full of patches it's an unavoidable topic of dinner conversation.
Vintage Boy Scout Memorabilia Up First
Now that the holidays are winding down many people are allowing them to think about 2017. The hobby is going to have a good year and some popular TORs are just around the corner. A friend asked me this week about going to the Dallas TOR which is a well attended show. I have to save my family free pass for
Chris Jensen's South Carolina TOR so I won't be flying out to TX.
One of the cool things on Facebook over the last few days is seeing collectors getting gifts that go with their hobby. One guy's family bought him a bunch of frames so he could mount his collection on the wall. Nick Wolf got a quilt made out of his old Boy Scout t-shirts. Did you get anything from friends or family to support your patch collecting habit?
There was a really
interesting story out this week on a big investment by the Evangeline Area Council in Louisiana to develop their Swamp Base. In a time when other councils are merging (hasn't that trend heated up again?) it looks like the Cajuns are investing $30 million long term in this unique high adventure property.
I have an after-Christmas sale running in my eBay store at
Patchblanket.com with 15% off store wide. I'm counting down the hours until my in-laws push off to go home and then I'll be able to catch up on orders. Hopefully you got a little patch cash in your stocking to spend.
Coming out of the holiday break we are hitting the ground running to promote the
Charlotte TOR. I'll be attending some TORs including Indy and within the council we are hitting round tables. Right now we have 1/2 of the tables sold which is really pretty good for a first time event. The Charlotte TOR was a great show back in the day and we are bringing it back.
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.