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Mainiac Matt

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#1 posted 08-24-2012 08:15 PM

As long as you’re not taking advantage of anybody through deceit, you shouldn’t have anything to feel guilty about. The survivors want to convert artifacts into cash, and that’s their right (provided they’re the lawful owners). You’re simply helping them to do so.

Years ago, I rented a little house from a 99 year old retired machinist. All of our dealings were with the grandson, who was very nice. Once while he was telling me stories about his grandfather, I expressed curiosity about whatever happened to his machinist tools. His face went grim as he explained that soon after his grandfather entered a nursing home, somebody came and swindled his (now deceased) grandmother… purchasing a complete machist tool set for a pittance.

Be kind to old people. It will come back to you in blessings.

-- 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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