Estate Sale to Remember

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Blog entry by iozl posted 04-08-2012 12:19 AM 2096 reads 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My GF received a text from a coworker today – “we just went to an estate sale that had a lot of woodworking tools”. She gave me the address – I was a bit skeptical thinking that it might not be worth my while. Jeeze was I wrong on that account. The guy was a either a major woodworker or a big collector. There was a front room jam packed with 3 cases full of planes – I had never seen so many planes in one place from one individual! It was definitely like being a kid in a candy store. I really had to just start drawing the line on certain items – a #7 Bedrock wasn’t purchased because the frog was broken.

That said, here’s my haul: Stanley spoke shave, a Stanley 95-1/2 Butt Gauge, 2 Stanley Bevel gauges, Stanley Rule, Square, a dual mortise gauge, no-name dual marking mortise gauge, veneer gauge, compass, sawset, polishing compound, a 1-3/4 marples chisel, antique auger bits, Stanley 37 level, Diston panel saw, a beater drill, a Stanley #3 (in the box), Stanley 4c, Stanley 5-1/4, Stanley 4c, Wards Master 3, Stanley 50 (in box), Stanley 5, two Stanley 8’s, & a Stanley 45.

I’m lucky to see estate sales with just 2 of these items so I felt lucky to have them there in one place. Most items I don’t have but of course if there’s some redundancy I might resell a couple on ebay to help trim the large cash outlay; but overall I hope to give most of these some good use over the years. Overall, how’d I do?

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#1 posted 04-08-2012 12:32 AM

Nice haul…what was the total damage? If you dont mind, of course.

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#2 posted 04-08-2012 12:47 AM

this is envy 10 fold!!!

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#3 posted 04-08-2012 12:56 AM

No, don’t mind you asking – I think the prices were very fair; the person definitely knew what things were worth. And the estate sale manager worked with me to give me a discount (everything is 50% off starting tomorrow), so I walked out of there paying $25 more than a new Lie-Nielson #8 costs. ;o) Considering I now have two #8’s plus everything else I guess that’s a pretty fair deal.

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#4 posted 04-08-2012 02:13 AM

Sweet!! I love finding sales like that.

-- Dave, Colonie, NY

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#5 posted 04-08-2012 02:57 AM

In our country, we would call someone like you a thief.
However, since they set the prices, I’ll forgive you, [that is if you share a little!]

-- Rustfever, Central California

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#6 posted 04-08-2012 03:18 AM

Great find

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#7 posted 04-08-2012 04:05 AM


-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#8 posted 04-08-2012 10:28 AM

With this post being the only reference I have of you sir, YOU SUCK!!!

I have not seen a hit like this in a long time. Completely green over here.

Good job.

-- -Sam - FL- "A man who carries a cat by the tail learns somthing he can in no other way" -Mark Twain

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#9 posted 04-08-2012 12:54 PM

totally great. i have yet to go to an estate sale that had anything more than a crappy stanley tape measure :-\

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#10 posted 04-08-2012 04:04 PM

What a nice find. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#11 posted 04-08-2012 08:05 PM

Just a random thought….

In 20 or 30 years time (or what ever) some guy’s going to be here on LJ’s gloating about the great tools he bought at an estate sales… and they’ll be your tools he’s talking about.


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#12 posted 04-08-2012 09:48 PM

David – that’s a very good point. It’s very true in my case since I don’t have children, so I’ll either make sure I donate them to a woodworking school or maybe to a younger tradesperson just starting out. However, I’m really hoping it’s closer to 30 or 40 years time and not 20! ;o)

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