I guess you never forget the thrill, kind of like your first real kiss, lol. It’s been over 35 years now, but I remember as if it were yesterday. I had begun going to what they called “yard sales”, new concept for me at the time as I was busy establishing credit with Sears for all my tools. Back then we had what was called the “Radio Flea Market”, a show which aired between 10 and noon five days a week. It was a local broadcast, if you wanted to buy or sell something you just called and told them what you had and your phone number.
Well this guy called and said he had some old wood working tools and wanted to get rid of them today. I gave him a call and got the address, went by and he was in the basement having a good time with customers. I looked around and thought the basement was flooded for awhile now and decided to leave. I kicked something with my foot and it came up out of the puddle on the floor, picking it up I saw something that looked so bad yet called out to me to buy it. I thought it was made of some kind of chrome, first introduction to nickle-plated tools. I asked him how much for what ever this was, he told me 2 dollars as I reached for my wallet, there on a shelf was a wooden box with a picture of this tool on the front label. I picked that off the shelf and asked about it, the guy said that’s some kind of cutters for the other thing I was buying and I could have that for a dollar. Left there went home and started to clean this thing up, turned out to be what today I know as a Stanley 45 and the box had all the cutters. The box had an ad on it from a “Southern house carpenter” stating he paid 8.00 for this tool and it has almost paid for itself in use for the house he was building at the time. The date on the planes body was 1897 and the “tool bug” had bitten me good. That’s my story for my first find, and it’s been a really good time since then. I imagine there must be thousands of stories and good finds out there, let’s see some of them. Have fun, make some dust.