Yesterday I made the type of deal only a thread head would do. I drove about 30 minutes to an engineering firm in Charlotte that was getting rid of binders. I got about 120 in total including over 70 that are D-Ring 5" binders. These are probably the best you can get in order to store your collection in Best Hobby Pages. You can pay as much as $29 for these from Office Depot or find a better price on Amazon.
Vintage Scouting Memorabilia On eBay
This group also included about 40 binders that were the 3" D-ring design. So what I did was post on eBay that they were for sale sy $5 each. Free pickup in CLT or a TOR that I would be attending. Otherwise, I would give a shipping quote and just charge that exact amount. This goes back to my theme of recycling things and such as when I spent hours sorting old plastic pages.
In about an hour I am leaving for Blythewood, SC to meet the Camp Barstow Ranger. We are going shopping together! I got a generous deal on a collection and it involves filling some things on the Ranger's wish list for camp. I will shoot a video and have it edited and published for the Friday newsletter.
My mom has been visiting for a few days and she brought me over 100 freshly sewn BSA vintage face masks. You might remember me mentioning this before. She took my vintage neckerchiefs and used a pattern to make them into Scout face masks. I am selling them on eBay and donating $3 from each sale to Barstow. In fact today the Ranger is going to spend $39 from August mask sales for stuff he needs. How cool is that!
Every night this week I have 25 auctions ending on OA conclave patches from all over the country. Then on Sunday I have a little over 100 nicer OA flaps from a collection closing. Without many TORs this is the only way to keep the business going so I'm throwing myself into online sales.
Yesterday I got a call from a Scouter who is considering parting with his Scouting collection. I always enjoy hearing the back story on someone's time in Scouting especially the guys that are life long Scouts. I really feel like those of us in that boat have chapters like in a book. For me that is definitely true. I was super involved in OA and camp growing up. Then I spent those married years before kids working with a troop and being a Scoutmaster. Now as my kids are registered I've been volunteering with their units. I had not worked on a camp staff in almost 2 decades when I got the offer to come to Barstow in 2018. I hope you can see parallels to your Scouting story.
Keep Calm And Scout On,
Jason Spangler Hot Finds Newsletter
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.