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Frenchy
Re: How best to sell tools, machines, and wood

We had a similar situation with Dad's tools. Some were antiques and we got decent prices from collectors on e-bay. We knew a teacher at the local Vo-tech school and through him we sold most of the rest to students just starting their careers in the trade.

dj1
Re: How best to sell tools, machines, and wood
Frenchy wrote:

We had a similar situation with Dad's tools. Some were antiques and we got decent prices from collectors on e-bay. We knew a teacher at the local Vo-tech school and through him we sold most of the rest to students just starting their careers in the trade.

You know, this is a terrific idea.

I'm facing a similar situation right now: an old friend of mine, who was the ultimate handyman, just passed away. He had no children, his wife passed away a couple of years ago, so he left his tool collection to me. But guess what, I don't need any tools right now (is there such a thing?) - I want to work less!

He was a great wood worker (I'm not), with iron patience to work on little things. Some of his tools are made by manufacturers from the tool hall of fame, companies that disappeared or bought by others.

I think I'll go to the nearest Vocational School and see if there's any interest.

Mastercarpentry
Re: How best to sell tools, machines, and wood

I have had fair success using Craigslist, but selling there isn't going to get you top prices- on there, the buyer reigns and competition can be stiff. If you go that route, exercise extreme care as it has become all to common for 'potential buyers' to be crooks casing the situation out for a later unwanted visit. And payment scams aren't unknown there either- cash only is the rule. I buy there sometimes but only from what seems legitimate individual sellers because it has also become a popular place to get rid of stolen tools.

Selling used tools usually gets you half their retail price at best unless it's a collectible or as-new. It's a bad investment we make but one we have to in order to do the work we do. Ham radio gear is similar. The best thing you can do for your stuff is to make plans ahead of time and leave a letter of instructions for this with your will so your bereaved family doesn't get ripped off.

Phil

dj1
Re: How best to sell tools, machines, and wood
dj1 wrote:

You know, this is a terrific idea.

I'm facing a similar situation right now: an old friend of mine, who was the ultimate handyman, just passed away. He had no children, his wife passed away a couple of years ago, so he left his tool collection to me. But guess what, I don't need any tools right now (is there such a thing?) - I want to work less!

He was a great wood worker (I'm not), with iron patience to work on little things. Some of his tools are made by manufacturers from the tool hall of fame, companies that disappeared or bought by others.

I think I'll go to the nearest Vocational School and see if there's any interest.

Mission accomplished - most small hand tools were donated to Veterans USA. They were very thankful to receive them.

hammy56
Re: How best to sell tools, machines, and wood

i like tthe idea

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