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Clarkie

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10-27-2014 12:01 AM

Just wondering if anyone else has gone through the thought process of where to offer your tool collection? I have been collecting for over 35 years and now have decided I’d like to part with most of the collections. So, the process has to begin somewhere, do not intend to do the ebay drudgery, nor set up at any of the flea markets. Do not want to go the route of having a bunch of yard sales, and not looking forward to being cheated out of 35 years of fine tools. After considering what to do, I thought there must be others out there that are having the same dilemma. Would appreciate any of your thoughts on this situation, thanks ahead of time for any help given.


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#1 posted 10-27-2014 12:13 AM

I have a flea market vendor I sell to, sometimes on the same day I find a tool. If I have a cache I make an inventory list. It helps him focus.

-- Mama calls me Texcaster but my real name is Mr. Earl.

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#2 posted 10-27-2014 01:29 AM

An auction is a good way

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#3 posted 10-27-2014 01:33 AM

Often times there are dealers/collectors nearby that will be interested in buying them. I’ve bought a couple “collections”. Where are you located?

-- Dave, Colonie, NY

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#4 posted 10-27-2014 02:19 AM



Just wondering if anyone else has gone through the thought process of where to offer your tool collection? I have been collecting for over 35 years and now have decided I d like to part with most of the collections. So, the process has to begin somewhere, do not intend to do the ebay drudgery, nor set up at any of the flea markets. Do not want to go the route of having a bunch of yard sales, and not looking forward to being cheated out of 35 years of fine tools. After considering what to do, I thought there must be others out there that are having the same dilemma. Would appreciate any of your thoughts on this situation, thanks ahead of time for any help given.

- Clarkie

Clarke,

Maybe I’m reading too much between the lines but I have the impression you are not all that interested in recovering the money but would like for the tools to go somewhere other than a rust bucket. If that is the case, I would look at some local museums and see if they have a tool collection or if they would be interested in starting one.

And yes, I’ve began to think about what to do, MsBubba has no interest nor do the kids, my best friend is young enough to be my son and he has stored my shop for me when I was doing international work and has expressed an interest. But the museum would be the best place if I can find one that wants my tools.

The last place I would want them to go would be an estate sale or eBay.

ken

ken

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Rick M

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#5 posted 10-27-2014 04:02 AM

You’ve pretty much eliminated everything except auction and private buyer. Just don’t expect to get top dollar from either one. I mean there is a chance you might get lucky and make out big but if buying a whole collection I would expect them for about 1/2 retail. And auctions are unpredictable, very unpredictable. A reserve will limit your buyers, no reserve will bring in lots of buyers but only the choice items are likely to sell for big dollars.

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#6 posted 10-27-2014 11:42 AM

Thanks for all the responses, seems the general consensus is to use the auction venue, though in this part of the country they don’t raise that much interest. I would do much better in the northern part of the east coast. Will continue to look for a way to disperse of the collection, and I do appreciate the help offered by you men here. When the collecting first began, I had hopes that my 2 sons would have the same interest in tools and their use as I did. Found out a few years back that would not be the case. I still enjoy going into the cases and boxes and looking over the tools, but have to ask the inevitable question of how to put them forward. God bless and thanks again for your insights, Clarkie.

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#7 posted 10-27-2014 12:39 PM

Don’t know why nobody mentioned ebay… That’s the first place tool collectors go to buy. I’ve sold thousands of things on ebay over the years. I’ve also bought lots of tools there.

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#8 posted 10-27-2014 12:48 PM

Charlie,
Contact Mike Urness at Great Planes Trading Co. He’s honest and does a good job of maximizing your take from your collection.

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#9 posted 10-27-2014 06:14 PM



Don t know why nobody mentioned ebay… That s the first place tool collectors go to buy. I ve sold thousands of things on ebay over the years. I ve also bought lots of tools there.

- StumpyNubs

Clarkie said specifically he does not want to use ebay. Really I don’t blame him. The fees keep going up, and shipping a lot of things is a hassle. But yeah, it’s probably the best way to maximize your money.

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#10 posted 10-27-2014 08:45 PM

I hate ebay fees too, but I know of no other way to reach millions of customers on a daily basis. It’s like a brick and mortar store. Rent in a little one stoplight town with no foot traffic will be a lot cheaper than rent in Manhattan where people with fat wallets file past all day long.

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Clarkie

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#11 posted 10-28-2014 12:36 AM

I want to thank you all for responding, though nobody ever stated if they to have come up against this situation yet. Ebay while being a big outlet is still not a choice I would make. After 35 plus years of collecting and playing all the usual games of buying and trading, I guess the time spent having joy with the collections is much shorter in comparison. If I do come up with a solution I’ll be sure to come back and post it for you guys, thanks again, God bless, Clarkie.

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#12 posted 10-28-2014 12:40 AM

There is a writeup in one of the Mid West Tool Collectors Association letters about the options for disposing of a tool collection and some of the recommendations. I’m pretty sure it was one of their sample newsletters for a while, and it may still be. I could be wrong and maybe it was somewhere else on their website.

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#13 posted 10-28-2014 01:24 AM

quickie Google search found this: http://www.mwtca.org/the-gristmill/sample-articles/78-disposing-of-a-tool-collection.html

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#14 posted 10-28-2014 02:01 AM

Clarkie, I don’t know where you’re located, but if you’re within range of the MWTCA, I can put you in contact with a friend of mine that buys tools. He is located near Kansas City. If you’re within a day’s drive of Albany, NY, I would be interested in talking to you about them.

-- Dave, Colonie, NY

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Clarkie

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#15 posted 10-28-2014 11:49 AM

Hello Dave, no I’m about as far south as you can get. I’m also a member of the MWTCA, what I was interested in mostly was to see if there had been any other members of this forum who had come up against this situation. I know it to be virtually impossible to part with collections as a whole and to receive what you have actually in them. The venues offered were great, I guess I should have made my point a bit clearer, I was seeking stories on what others had done or found to be a satisfying way of dispersing of their collections. Thank you for your time, God bless, Clarkie.

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