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Well a simple question has finally caught up with me.  One that was asked every year that I served on the OA Brotherhood Board as a youth.  If your troop has an event scheduled for the same weekend as an OA event which one do you attend? For me the answer means breaking a streak of 26 straight years that I have attended the Dixie Fellowship.
Vintage Boy Scout Memorabilia Up First
Pack 33 has a camping trip this weekend at Camp Bud Shiele up in the piedmont of North Carolina.  it's also the same weekend as the SR5 Dixie Fellowship hosted by Muscogee Lodge at Camp Barstow.  For a while I was going to try and split the difference but my conscious got the better of me and on Friday I'll be driving north to the mountains instead of south to Lake Murray.
Blind Trade Explained - It's Not An Oxymoron
This is the final week to get in on the OA activity patch blind trade that I'm organizing and I posted this video on www.ScoutPatchCollectors.com to help explain how a blind trade works .
Order of the Arrow Auctions Live on eBay
It helps that I got my patch trading fix at the NC Cardinal Conclave.  That was my solo trip to go handgout with the guys and enjoy a weekend away.  So instead of trading patches my weekend will involve kickball, slingshots, tye die t-shirts, hiking, a campfire with skits and songs and dutch oven desserts.  It doesn't sound like too bad of a trade actually.
Scouting Auctions Ending Soon on eBay
This is a picture of a Boy Scout stampede as described to me by Stuart Tucker.  The Jamboree contingent was having a shakedown weekend and after one of the Asst. SMs did a session on patch trading these boys dove into a footlocker worth of patches that donated. I was glad to help plant a little patch trading bug.  I'm sharing this because those of us in the hobby that have contacts in the council need to organize a similar patch trading talk for all the Scouts headed to the Summit this summer!
Patchblanket.com eBay Store Santeeswapper
I am back on the auction bandwagon with more than a hundred running right now including many linked in below.  Hopefully I'll get some more put up over the next several days.
Today I'm headed to the antique mall to follow the sage advice I received at the Charlotte TOR.  Someone told me I needed to swap out the inventory every few months to keep things fresh.  So with summer approaching I'm going to swap out my uniforms for t-shirts and pants for shorts among other updates.  I'm also going to use my display cabinet to sell an estate coin collection that is in the family.

Yours in Scouting,

Jason Spangler
Santeeswapper LLC

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.