eBay Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter
Sunday Morning 
September 6, 2020

I have seen more and more online support (even just this weekend) for PatchVault.org.  As many of you know this is an OA catalog project that started with Virginia lodges and has spread over the last few years as more and more lodge editors joined on.  The real advantage to this effort is the high quality images, lodge editor input and an overall lack of bureaucracy and technical failure that has marred the nearly decade old effort by ISCA to do fill the gap since the Blue Book project was retired.
This Weekend Is Loaded With Auction
On January 21, 2019 I published an episode of my Scouting Hot Finds Radio podcast featuring an interview for John Athayde who is the primary driver behind the project. The show notes from that episode include some of the interesting origins and details of the project.  What I really like is that reminiscent of the Blue Book effort this is a wholly volunteer driven effort that really is an improvement over anything that came before it.

Order of the Arrow Auctions Up For Bids
I have preached in the Hot Finds for some time that the best way to keep our hobby alive amidst these times of overall struggles in Scouting is to share knowledge and create reference projects.  We have lost NOAC, an upcoming jamboree along with summer camps and conclaves to the pandemic.  But the only consolation might be that with all that time at home I've seen more people organize their collections, engage online, and start new projects to keep the interest going. 

Auctions Are The Hot Finds Secret Sauce
I have 131 auctions ending tonight on eBay from a nice OA collection that I bought at the end of last year.  My hope is that over the next several months that every week I'll run 100+ auctions from this collection to keep putting new items in my store. 

Patchblanket Santeeswapper eBay Store
I have also been working on adding items to my Shopify store at www.ScoutPatchHQ.com. Now this is a little bit of cheating because what I'm actually doing is cross listing items from eBay to Shopify. But when I'm done the 2 sites will have nearly the same inventory.  Except one store won't have the middle man collecting 12% of the sales in fees. I also always offer free shipping on my Shopify store.
We are enjoying some time on vacation at the beach celebrating my wife's birthday.  But as I look at the calendar I already have some Scouting events popping up on the calendar.  I found out this week that the Florida camp show expo is scheduled for the first weekend of October.  Add that to a lodge fellowship, a camp open house and a Webelos patrol camping trip and suddenly I'm gone a bunch of weekends.  Isn't there still a pandemic going on?
    
 
Your brother in the cloth,
 

Jason Spangler
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