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Forum topic by jdon88 posted 02-14-2013 11:15 PM 975 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-14-2013 11:15 PM

I like reading about people’s tool gloats, good deals, etc. I find myself on the opposite side of that. About 15 years ago my grandmother died and when cleaning out her house I came across lots of hand tools that were my grandfathers, he died about 25 years before her. At the time I had no interest in woodworking and sold the tools at flea markets, ebay, etc. There were about 8 hand planes that I sold for $5. each, Stanley/Bailey if I remember correctly. Although they were dirty and a little rusty someone snapped them up right away and got a great deal. There were also dozens of turning tools, mostly vintage Buck Brothers, I think I got good prices for them by selling on ebay. I also sold some vintage Disston hand saws but didn’t get much money for them. Now I find myself interested in woodworking and looking for some old planes and saws to restore. I wish I kept the good tools that I sold cheaply.

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#1 posted 02-14-2013 11:23 PM

The wife and I were talking about a very similar situation the other day. We were at a “junk shop” and she saw a rather large TONKA dump truck (old and all metal) They wanted a hundred bucks for it!

I told her that my brother and I burried about 10 or 15 Tonka toys like cranes, dump trucks, excavators, etc in our back yard back in the mid- 60s when we were kids . And we started talking how my mom THREW AWAY about 500 comic books we had when we moved from RI to FLA in 1960. And dont even ask me how many Matchbook cars I had and either lost or gave away…


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#2 posted 02-14-2013 11:53 PM

Pretty much the same thing happened to me. I wish I would have kept my fathers and grandfathers tools not so much for the tools but because they were their tools. Between the two they had about every tool in the book. I wasn’t interested in woodworking until recently. I’d give anything for just one of their tools now.

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#3 posted 02-15-2013 12:25 AM

I clearly remember those beefy chisels my dad used to keep in a small room inside of our house when my brothers and me were kids, I clearly remember the blue sticker with a shark in their handles…....a few years ago I found out they were Erik Anton Berg Eskilstuna Mortise Chisels from Sweden…....................


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#4 posted 02-15-2013 01:24 AM

joein10asee – same thing happened to me. Back in the late 80’s when collecting baseball cards was the hot item I remembered the two shoe boxes full I’d stuffed away in my childhood closet along with a stack of comic books. The cards were late fifties, early sixties and the comics were DC and Marvel from the sixties. I’m almost positive their was a Spiderman #1 in there and maybe a Fantastic 4. Anyway, on a visit home and after searching I asked my mom if she knew where they were.

“Oh, I threw that stuff out years ago. But as long as you’re here, why don’t you take home this box of your 1st and 2nd grade papers I’ve saved for thirty years.”

Thanks mom.

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#5 posted 02-15-2013 03:04 AM

Been there too!

My brother and I had a large collection of comic books, three stacks about 8’ tall, back when the the classic issues were only 25¢ and regular issues were 10¢.

When my brother and I went off to college our parents gave them to our cousins. No big deal except the second year we were gone, the town was ingulfed in the 100 year flood and our cousins house had water to the ceiling of the basement where the comics were stored.

Now my son collects comics and we go to the comic book store I see some of the issues we had selling for $500 and up!

But the one that bothers me more was the radio made for one of the Mayo clinic doctors with a chrome plated chassis and custom cabinet. I had this hidden in a corner of the garage under a cardboard box and burlap. When I went to retrieve it after I graduated from college, it was gone. My dad had tossed it to make room in his garage. I assume that would have easily fetched $1,500 to $2,500 as it was in working order, if you waited long enough for the tubes to warm up.

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