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Posted on I have several Bridge City Tools I am sad to get rid of

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Mainiac Matt

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#1 posted 06-22-2012 07:44 PM

These are all top quality tools and many are no longer available from the manufacturer, so selling them at a professional auction that targets collectors of fine tools would probably be your best bet… (not a bargain basement foreclosure type gig) I’d seriously consider contacting someone at Christy’s or Sutherby’s.

Selling them individually will take a long time, perhaps years… and unless you list them with a high reserve price, you may wind up letting them go for literally pennies on the dollar.

If they were the personal tools of a charished loved one who has gone “to the other side”.... I would sit on them for at least a year… That’s what they tell widows to do. As they often are grief stricken and not making sound decisions. It may be that a few years from now you find yourself saying “I really wish I still had dad’s __ as a keepsake to remember him and the things he was passionate about”

If you have any shared passion for woodworking, I would try to hang on to them, as you may derive hundreds of hours of joy working with them…. and feel connected to your departed loved one…. and yet, could never afford to replace them. I’d dare say that some of those items may not even be replaceable.

Since you’re soon to be married… you may want to get your future wifes input.

Regardless…. I wish you a clear and level head in your decision and condolences on the loss of whoever it was that remembered you with an awesome gift.

If you really must sell them…. contact a professional who will represent YOUR interest. Not a tool dealer who want to buy them cheap and resell them rich. I’m not sure e-bay would be the way to go….. but if you do e-bay and they sell quickly…. then you’ll know you let them go to easilly. You can always relist them at a higher price.

Regardless of what you do…. pick out one or two of the real gems that you especially love, and keep them for yourself.

-- It’s the knowledge in your head, skill in your hands and motivation to create in you heart that makes you a woodworker. - Mainiac Matt

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