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WillliamMSP

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01-14-2016 02:19 PM

I’m still in the early stages of the hobby/obsession and have a number of tool needs and wants to fill. I stumbled across a MWTCA link on the Schwartz blog, and I see that there’s an event my area (Twin Cities metro in MN) in about a month. This seems like a really good alternative to the occasionally thrilling, but often disappointing, rust hunt through antique stores and thrift shops, but I’m wondering what I should expect.

Do I need to be a member or is there paid non-member admission? If I need to be a member, is it worth it and can I do that at the door?
I know that it’ll vary from seller to seller, but is pricing generally pretty aggressive?
Will attending sate a need or will it just stoke a lust? ;)

-- Practice makes less sucky. (Bill, Minneapolis, MN)


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#1 posted 01-14-2016 05:11 PM

YES. You should go. even if you do not buy anything you will meet people with a HUGE amount of experience and knowledge. you will probably even meet a new friend or two.

To just walk around and meet people you do not need to be a member.

But the membership is so cheap and so worth it

-- James Wright, Rockford IL, https://www.youtube.com/c/WoodWright

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#2 posted 01-14-2016 05:27 PM

James is right, it’s worth going even if you don’t buy anything, you can ask questions and learn. From the MWTCA meets I’ve been to the prices are full fair value. Not a great deal, but on the higher side of worth it. The condition is also better than random rust hunting, and if they say it’s complete you can have some confidence they know. It’s generally only worth buying complete tools unless you’re getting them cheap for parts, so ask.

And of course you know it’s just going to show you hundreds more tools that you now need to have.

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#3 posted 01-14-2016 05:33 PM

I completely second what James says.

Definitely go if you’re close (which you are). I haven’t missed one in a the past few years. I typically walk through a few times, and then spend an hour or two just talking with people. It’s fun if you’re into it.

As for the questions:
You do need to be a member, or a guest with a member (both require payment at the door)

I believe you can usually register at the door to be a member, and yes it’s worth it in my opinion. They have a quarterly publication called The Grist Mill, which has some interesting articles, and they also have some other publications that you get as well.

Prices… prices do vary quite a bit, and aren’t generally out of line with eBay prices, but you actually get to see the item, and not pay shipping or wait. There are also usually deals to be had as well. Things range from random $1 bins up to several thousand dollar collector items. I think it’s fun just to get to see and examine tools that I will likely never end up owning due to cost.

Lastly… hope to see you there, even if we have no idea who each other are lol ;-)

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN - http://www.youtube.com/MosquitoMods - http://www.TheModsquito.com

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#4 posted 01-14-2016 08:24 PM

Cool, thanks guys; I’ll try to keep that day open on my calendar.

Mos, I think that I’ve seen enough video of you to be able to pick you out of a line-up – I’ll say “hi” if I see you.

-- Practice makes less sucky. (Bill, Minneapolis, MN)

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#5 posted 01-14-2016 08:50 PM

My anonymity is lost lol

If you do, please do. Always fun meeting up with fellow LJs

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN - http://www.youtube.com/MosquitoMods - http://www.TheModsquito.com

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WillliamMSP

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#6 posted 01-14-2016 08:53 PM

Well, this is assuming that you’ll have a 45 under each arm, if not, my odds will suffer.

-- Practice makes less sucky. (Bill, Minneapolis, MN)

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#7 posted 01-14-2016 08:54 PM

Just aim for the guy that smells like pickles and mountain dew Bill. Coders.

-- rock, chalk, jayhawk

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#8 posted 01-14-2016 09:39 PM

I don’t drink pop :-P

And You can probably find me checking out all the #45’s there though lol

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN - http://www.youtube.com/MosquitoMods - http://www.TheModsquito.com

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#9 posted 01-20-2016 03:57 AM

Quick question: uh, how do I find out about time and location? Do I actually have to call the guy listed (which is the only other info provided that I see).

Side note: I decided to put together a prioritized (needs vs wants) shopping list, since doing that seems to keep me from overspending at the grocery store. Nope. A list isn’t going to help me here, not a list this long, at least.

-- Practice makes less sucky. (Bill, Minneapolis, MN)

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#10 posted 01-20-2016 04:06 AM

Just leave the checkbook at home, and only come with how ever much cash you’re willing to spend. That’s what I do, anyway lol

They usually start around 8:30 or 9:00 (often times registration opens first and the ‘tables’ open half an hour after that)

They generally send an e-mail out with the flier for the event around 2 – 4 weeks before. They mail a pre-registration (saves $2) and announcement in the mail a few months early, but I usually just pay at the door, and ignore that one.

This is the flier (copy of the letter they mail) from last year’s Medina meet:
http://greatplanestrading.com/MWTCA/AreaA_MedinaMN_02-14-15.pdf

Haven’t seen an e-mail come through for the upcoming one yet though.

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN - http://www.youtube.com/MosquitoMods - http://www.TheModsquito.com

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#11 posted 01-20-2016 04:23 AM

Excellent, Mos, thanks for the info.

-- Practice makes less sucky. (Bill, Minneapolis, MN)

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#12 posted 01-20-2016 04:23 AM

I’ll try to post the flier for this year when it comes in if I remember

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN - http://www.youtube.com/MosquitoMods - http://www.TheModsquito.com

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#13 posted 01-20-2016 09:25 PM

And with everything that’s been said, you should join, they send some really nice publications besides the regular Gristmill magazine. All good stuff.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.net

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#14 posted 02-05-2016 05:19 AM

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#15 posted 02-05-2016 12:51 PM

Awesome – thanks much, Mos.

-- Practice makes less sucky. (Bill, Minneapolis, MN)

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