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Friday Morning Edition
May 6, 2016

The TOR calendar in May still offers some opportunities before the summer gets here to get out to a show.  I know a bunch of guys in the south are looking at the show that John Hall is putting on in Alabama.  If you live in the northeast or midwest there are also some TORs scheduled in the next few weeks as well.  Get out and enjoy the fellowship of Scouting within this hobby.
Vintage eBay Boy Scout Auctions This Weekend
I got some good advice from Bob Sherman on my dilemma  mentioned earlier in the week.  I was trying to decide whether or not to place a bid on a big auction lot that had some of my favorite items that unfortunately would have all been dupes in my collection.  Ironically I'm faced with a similar question today as I spot one of the Top 10 OA pieces from South Carolina (not a need) on eBay today.  The advice is to only pick it up if you can get it for a good price and plan to use it later to trade in value against your needs.  Being a spontaneous bidder can get you into trouble in this hobby..
Auctions ending Friday and Saturday on eBay
I've seen a wonderful little renaissance happening in my home lodge when it comes to interest in collecting and trading at events.  I know some of you might like to see this happen at your OA lodge so let me share what kinda got it rolling.
Boy Scout Memorabilia Auctions on eBay
I really have to credit it partly to Wes Drennan who has been coming to our events for the last three years.  He is not a lodge brother but is a patch collector that now is known as a mudblood (Harry Potter joke) who is welcome.  Wes brought stuff out to trade and was willing to engage the youth and answer questions and get their collecting juices flowing.  Some other adults in my lodge started collections - first Ray Williams then Charles Galloway now Phil Bethune.  They were willing to bring their collections out to display and that planted a seed.  Now I've seen two more adults show a lot of interest and one 18 year old told me recently he wanted to have a complete flap collection in a few years.  All this followed maybe a decade long fade in interest at my lodge events.  So there is hope you just have to plant seeds and water them.
Cleaning Up The Shelves on Patchblanket.com
Every few weeks I like to throw up a 50% off sale in one of my store categories to help push out some inventory.  So this weekend you can pick from over 750 district activity patches I have live and get 1/2 off.  I've got some old felts in there that are now pretty cheap.
I don't know if I've shared this or not but we have found a house in Charlotte.  My wife signed the lease this week and over the summer me and kids will pack up and move that way.  It was a crazy adventure but she found a good one and the kids will be close to school.  If anybody knows Charlotte we are in the Cotswald area with several good choices of Scouting troops in the area.       
Have a great weekend,

Jason Spangler
Santeeswapper LLC
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