Where to look for vintage/used tools in Chicagoland

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Forum topic by tburkhart posted 12-22-2015 09:04 PM 771 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-22-2015 09:04 PM

Any Chicago area people that can shoot me in the direction of where to look for stuff like old stanley planes and chisels, good fixer upper handsaws, eggbeater drills, and the like? I used to live in Tulsa before the woodworking bug bit, and that stuff was everywhere and cheap! Now i live in the city of Chicago, and i think with so many people the demand and thus the price goes up. Like Ebay prices! Any suburb or whatever will do, just looking for a good flea market or the like that might sell the above kinds of tools.

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#1 posted 12-22-2015 09:06 PM

Good luck with that!
I don’t think you will find many who will list their honey holes.

-- Putty

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#2 posted 12-22-2015 09:11 PM

Old hand tools?
Start in this order…
1.Garage sales
2.Thrift shops including Goodwill and places like it
3. Antique shops that have those people who rent a bit of space – often they will put in an unrestored plane/handsaw/etc. for a good price, and sometimes you can offer. They often move slowly as long as you are not looking at a elaborate plow or rabbet plane.
4. Pawn shops, especially the older established ones that might take in tools from some guy who quit, or from the kids when an elder passed on.
5. Estate sales, but don’t expect to get many bargains – where do you think all the antique people get their stuff?
6. Craigslist as a last resort, especially listings that have been up for a while.

-- Tsunami Guitars and Custom Woodworking, Cleveland, TN

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#3 posted 12-23-2015 11:11 AM

And ask the people at each place you find where else to go. When I go to a new area I Google Antiques and flea markets.

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

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#4 posted 12-23-2015 03:14 PM put in your zip and add some patience you will find what u look for!

-- Sooner or later Liberals run out of other people's money.

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#5 posted 12-24-2015 10:49 PM

Mid-West Tool Collectors Association

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#6 posted 12-25-2015 01:25 AM

Mid-West Tool Collectors Association

- Steve_W

They are every where!!

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

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