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Posted on Old Craftsman vise-Does your wife know what your tools are worth?

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Don W

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#1 posted 11-03-2012 01:51 PM

Great topic Gus, and one I’ve had several conversations with my wife about. I’m 55 years old, and like you have been acquiring stuff for most of it. I spend a lot of my spare time searching for and restoring vintage relics, from tolls and machines to guns and antiques. My wife tells me to just relax and enjoy it, but when I’m gone, I don’t want the $5 Sargent I recently restored and has a value of something over $300 sold for $5 again.

I’m sure my oldest son will be happy to take care of the gun collection, but even though he’s a carpenter, I’m not sure he’s as excited about 300+ hand planes and other antique tools.

Since we’re thinking about this crap, maybe we’ve grown up more than we want to admit. One of the next things on my to-do list is start researching tool auction houses to see if they have a “if this happens in the future” plan.

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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