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Posted on Best way to purge old equipment, tools?

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#1 posted 01-30-2013 03:13 PM


There are a lot of woodworkers here that love to find old tools to restore/refurbish and put back in service. (Power and hand tools). Trying to sell all this one piece at a time will take forever and you will still end up with a bunch of stuff left over. An auction may be a way to go, but that at best is also a crap shoot.

1. Since you don’t know a lot about the equipment you have, do you have a friend or acquaintance that you could trust to help you out.

2. I see you are from Virginia. Is all this equipment somewhere that you could hold some sort of sale yourself and people could readily find?

3. Are you or do you know someone that is pretty good with the computer?

4. Have you ever considered holding a sale yourself? (maybe with the help from a friend or two).

5. Here’s the reason for all the questions; If you picked a date this spring (when you could count on the weather being a little better) and advertised a “One day Sale Only!” Advertised this in as many places as possible (free) you may be surprised how much traffic you could generate and how much could be sold at a fair price for both sides. (buyer and seller).

A few years back, I decided to downsize and get rid of a lot of equipment and tools I no longer used or needed. There was a bunch of stuff that I had collected over the years that pertained to not only woodworking but also a lot of tools like tap and dies, drills, calipers, mics (machinist type things). My wife spend some time on the computer and had the sale listed in something like 11 different sites that promotes yard/garage sales and such. (I didn’t even think of Lumber Jocks or other woodworking sites at the time), but it was unreal the number of people showed up.

I was exhausted after the first two hours, but sold almost everything by noon. The amount of money we made that morning, I didn’t really worry about what was left over. I gave some away, and took the last remaining to the recycle center.

One day over and done with. Being in Virginia (depending exactly where), you have a large drawing area to pull from. You would be surprised to see how far people will travel to a sale, especially if advertised right!
BTW. we had “0” $ invested in the advertising.

Just an idea.

Good luck and feel free to PM me if you have any questions.

-- John @

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