Best Craigslist Experience

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Blog entry by Russ posted 06-15-2011 06:03 PM 1675 reads 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So late Monday evening I saw an ad for a Delta 5” Grinder for $15. I e-mailed saying I could pick it up anytime the next day. I got a very nice e-mail with an address and time they would be available along with a comment that they got alot of e-mails on it. They were having a tool sale of their son’s woodworking tools he didn’t use any longer. I arrived 2 minutes after they said they would be available and the grinder was mine along with some other goodies.

The best part was these folks were so incredibly nice. Talking with me and referring to me and everyone else by name as they asked for it when they arrived for the tool sale. Then as I was getting ready to leave I locked my keys in the trunk. My wife was on her way but I told them I would be hanging out in front waiting so as not scare them. They offered me a soda and a seat in front of a fan. I had a great conversation with Brian the husband about church, family and such. Not a long conversation but very nice. A great experience all around.

On top of the awesome personal experience I got the following for $75:

50” Straight Edge Clamp
(2) 36” Straight Edge Clamp
Older American made Craftsman Block Plane
Ryobi Trim Router
5” Delta Grinder

-- Russ

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#1 posted 06-15-2011 07:53 PM

Nice Score!

-- "You can tell the pioneers by the arrows in their back" -- Unknown

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#2 posted 06-15-2011 08:05 PM

What a great experience!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#3 posted 06-15-2011 08:21 PM

Love craigs list. I like your story about the nice people you met. It’s a sign of the times i guess. What you describe as a friendly encounter shouldn’t be a rarity that stands out. It should be the norm. I’m 40 now and i can remember as a young boy going to town with dad. People waved or talked at the store. Not just friends like today, but strangers. I remeber on a trip down to Lansing,Mi. with dad and there was a man in his field working on his tractor. We parked on the shoulder of the highway jumped the fence and helped him fix his tractor. (I didn’t i was about 8 and was complaining about the heat with no shade). We ended up eating dinner with his family, i got to play with his kids and my dad and him became good friends. Wish all of us still cared and went out of our way for others. A simple drink and a spot by the fan is a blessing and it does my heart good to know that there are still those out here that think of others! Great story thanks for sharing!
P.S. I’ll give you a $100 dollar bill right now for that purchase..LOL. Take Care!

-- Go Blue!

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#4 posted 06-15-2011 08:23 PM

Mine’s my bandsaw. Met a cool old tool restorer. Brought it to my house, tommy lifted it, floor joisted it, and helped me position it. Then gone, like a thief in the wind with a small amount of money in his pocket.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#5 posted 06-16-2011 02:29 AM

I too have had nothing but good experiences with CL. My best “find” was a great guy who mills trees from his property with a bandsaw mill. I visit him about two times a year. We have gotten to know each other pretty well. Often, my wife and two young boys will come along for the ride. This man and his wife are wonderful and friendly people.

-- “Big man, pig man, ha ha, charade you are.” ― R. Waters

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#6 posted 06-16-2011 03:03 AM

Great find tools and couple selling them . Found joiner on craigs list couple of months ago for great price . The seller was nice enough to tell me about this web site glad he did. Spend hour in front of computer now looking at everbodys projects

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#7 posted 06-16-2011 03:45 AM

Nice score, Russ.

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#8 posted 06-16-2011 06:09 AM

Cool to hear others are having some similar neat experiences.

-- Russ

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#9 posted 06-16-2011 02:52 PM

He shoots he scores! Good story too.

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