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Gary Roberts

136 posts in 1618 days


#1 posted 1082 days ago

True, the Northeast is sorta blessed with old stuff. The Town I live in, Dedham, dates back to the 1600’s. Not that I find much old stuff here but the local auctions often haves surprises.

I think the big push over the last five years towards hand tools has also raised prices all around. That’s another reason to restore tools on your own. That rust bucket of a #4 might just be hiding under a coat of dirt and ready for rehab. There are enough dealers who sell parts that you can even replace what’s hopeless.

I’m sorry to say I sold off the majority of my Stanley tools around ten years ago. There are still those I use or kept for collecting sake but the majority went out to auction when prices were high. If I had kept them, I would have made a little more now, but the worth of the dollar is so low I believe I would have lost out now!

-- Gary Roberts, http://toolemera.com


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