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Forum topic by BentheViking posted 06-01-2013 04:03 PM 1954 views 0 times favorited 25 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-01-2013 04:03 PM

In my neck of the woods we actually refer to them as tag sales, other call them yard sales, but ultimately as woodworkers we know of it as good places to get deals on things we like but don’t necessarily need to have.

With the tag sale season in full swing up here i set up this forum as a place for people to share their goods, bads and uglies of bargain hunting. Sure its ok to highlight huge scores you might get and by all means have you own gloat forum for those if you’d like. This is more for smaller things that you don’t need to sound the alarm to the whole world to tell you you suck, but just to share in your own little Saturday (or whatever day it is) morning happiness.

-- It's made of wood. Real sturdy.--Chubbs Peterson

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#1 posted 06-01-2013 04:16 PM

So I’ll start.

First time I went out this year.

First thing I touched was a Freud 5 piece cabinet bit set ($20) which was currently being paid for by a man who didn’t know that they went in to a router and really didn’t even know what a router was. He declined to purchase an older model of this PC router the guy offered him for $100.

Then they had an older 6” Delta Joiner for $75 (probably this one or one similar). I thought hard about it but the guy (even though he claimed to be a cabinet maker) didn’t know much about it saying he only used it once. It was covered in rust and possibly could have been left outside. I may end up kicking myself, but I opted out knowing that once I got it home I’d have no way to get it out of the truck (pregnant wife isn’t much help) and that I’d be forever until I had a chance to get it up and running. Plus I figured I’d rather wait to get an 8”.

I left that tag sale with a retractable reel extention cord ($10), a 1 HP dust collector no hoses or attatchments ($20), and a piece of 2’+ x 4’+ maple (possibly) plywood (free)

Next sale I went to I grabbed a little milescraft drill press stand ($4), a half of coffee can of various sizes of cut nails ($2) and this Kunz spoke shave ($0.50)

Again nothing to write home about (though I am pumped about the DC since I’ve been using a shop vac) but still not a bad haul for less than $40.

-- It's made of wood. Real sturdy.--Chubbs Peterson

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#2 posted 06-02-2013 02:23 AM

1st garage sale this weekend and first tool score.

The garage sale was initially disapointing – you know, one of those with nothing but clothes and dishes. But tucked off in a corner was a simple jig someone had made with two aluminum levels attached to a board with brackets made for the levels. It was unmarked and when I asked how much, $1! So I ended up with two levels for 50 cents each! I kept the brackets in case I want to make such a jig later.

-- "Find out what you cannot do and then go do it!"

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#3 posted 06-02-2013 02:45 AM

Small estate sell in the rich part about 10-15 minutes away from my house, guy selling and I quote “premium hardwoods” that he had no idea what they were, all for $50. I hit the jackpot my friends, 2 2”x8”x10’ pieces of black walnut 2 1”x8”x10’ black walnut (he thought they were cedar I just let him think that), also 3 3”x12.5”x12’ pieces of mahogany (which he thought was oak) and numerous smaller 1”x8”x2’ pieces of spalted birdeyes and hard maple.

I love people that don’t research anything and sell stuff by what someone else told them it was worth or just guessing.

I’ll throw up some pics when I get a chance, oh and I also picked up a 3/4hp motor already wired and ready to go in mint condition for $5.

-- Nick, “I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it.” – Vincent Van Gogh

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#4 posted 06-02-2013 02:53 AM

Key learning here: always keep a wad of cash in your pocket just for garage sales.

-- Perfection is the difference between too much and not enough.

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#5 posted 06-02-2013 04:17 AM

I saw a bench plane along with other various hand tools on CL. It looked small in the photo. I called and asked the guy if it was a Stanley plane. He said no. I asked if I could come out and take a look. I was thinking it was a Stanley #2. When I got there he showed me the plane. It is a rusted but complete Stanley #1. I have only seen pictures and was surprised by how small it really is. He asked for $30 and I didn’t dicker at all. I’ll be posting some pics before and after cleaning it up in a few weeks.


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#6 posted 06-02-2013 04:27 AM

So far this year I have been very disappointed. The only tools I’ve found was a guy with a bunch of wooden shoulder planes which he would take no less then $50 a piece for. Otherwise it is all such junk! I went to 14 of them today and didn’t come home with a single item.

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#7 posted 06-02-2013 04:31 AM

Patience grass hopper patience.

Odds will be in your favor one day.

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#8 posted 06-02-2013 04:43 AM

My grandma used to call them rummage sales.I remember going to them with her as a kid, and there was always all kind of stuff for sale…...clothes, furniture, old tools (I was too young to understand the concept of woodworking tools), mechanic’s tools….everything…..I was always amazed at all the junk people had to sell….for pennies practically…....

-- " At my age, happy hour is a crap and a nap".....

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#9 posted 06-02-2013 05:03 AM

Went to the garage sales with the wife … at one I saw an old plane, I asked how much, the guy said $12.50 …. Jeezz, I had to look, picked it up and it is a Stanley #4 … and it still had the decal on the tote. with pure amazement I asked the guy “what’s your best price on this old beater” $7.50 and no less.
I have never seen a Stanley with the decal still intact except in pictures. Not really a rare find but it is like new after a bit of cleanup and a good sharpening.
Good user tool at a good price … Gloat … Gloat.

Oh yeah, then we saw a Millers falls Jack plane and this guy wanted $75.00 … firm … He still had it when I left.

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it. ... Surprise Az.

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#10 posted 06-02-2013 10:01 PM

I saw an ad on Craigslist a while back about a cabinet shop going out of biz. It said that they were selling a couple of stacks of hardwoods and such, and was asking $1500.00 for all of it. I contacted the guy and told him I was interested and that I’d make the 70 mile drive an a day or so. As time wouldn’t permit, I never got the chance to go. This guy emailed 3 different times about coming down. Finally on the last email, he said jut come get all you want, NO CHARGE! I loaded a 16’ utility trailer with as much as it would hold, drove home, unloaded, and returned back for another load. All in all, I probably got $5000-$6000 worth of FREE! All of it was Red Oak 1×12’s and about 20 4×6 hickory beams. That was 2-3 years ago, and I’m still using it today!

-- Eddie, Coastal Georgia

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#11 posted 06-02-2013 11:55 PM

scored well yesterday at a sale down the street. Got a Makita hand planer that had never been used, a B&D 4×4 palm sander still in the box, and an older craftsman router that was in good shape. Paid 30 frogskins for all. Big yard sale in my nieghborhood next weekend,we shall see what I find,,,,,,,

-- atta boy Clarence!

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#12 posted 06-03-2013 01:35 AM

I stopped at a garage sale with my son, as we were leaving I told him I thought they left out the “B” in the sign…would have been much more appropriate.

Never seen so much junk priced so high.

Looking for a score this year, don’t know if I will make out as well as some of you do – tools are usually the first to go here.

-- Randy "You are judged as much by the questions you ask as the answers you give..."

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#13 posted 06-03-2013 09:32 PM

My wife and I always hit the flea markets, tag sales etc. So far this year hasn’t been great. I did manage one decent day.

A Bailey Tool Co #17
A type 4 #8
A thumbhole distton
A sargent 411 (junior jack)
A Stanley 9 1/2
and a $6 dollar clamp.

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

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#14 posted 06-04-2013 12:48 PM

All ive pulled in this year has been a Langdon Mitre Box saw by Disston dating to 1875-1907 or something like that. Purchase price $0.50. Yup fiddy cents. I also scored 4 Pony pipe clamps for $12.50. I hoe to get a little more rust hunting in some time soon.

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

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#15 posted 06-04-2013 01:28 PM

We have the Route 11 garage sale here in Tennessee. My wife and I did about 20 miles of it, mostly disappointed. Almost everything was overpriced, save for the vintage golf clubs I ran across. No tools worth speaking of…

-- Tsunami Guitars and Custom Woodworking, Cleveland, TN

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