Went to a swap meet

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    Eric Lundholm
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    My son and I went to a swap meet yesterday, found a WW2 era stanley #4 in fantastic shape for $10 a saw sharpening vise for 15 and a Millers Falls #67 router plane for $15 all of them are in shape to be used as is. Keep looking the bargains are still out there you just have to get there first

    Eric

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    Steve Giles
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    @gilessteve

    Nice finds! Oh to be in the UK or USA on swap meet day.

    It took me three weeks of going to swap meets here in Bulgaria to find one chisel. Worth the wait though – a 3/8″ Ward firmer chisel for 1 euro.

    I’m not holding my breath on finding anything else. It’s pretty sparse here.

    #139366
    Eric Lundholm
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    @ericwd

    It took me months to find chisels, when I did I found a man with a whole set of mixed brand 1/8 inch to 1 inch for $1 apeace. I have more time than money so I keep looking. It helped when I moved to an area with many retired people. Older people have older tools to get rid of.

    #139367
    zacariah
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    @zacariah

    $1 a piece? I wish, can expect to pay anywhere from $5 – $25 for an “antique chisel” here.

    #139370
    Matt McGrane
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    @mattmcgrane

    Dang, those are great finds and better prices. Congrats. I have to get back to the garage sales on Saturday mornings.

    Matt, Northern California - Started a blog in 2016: http://tinyshopww.blogspot.com/

    #139381
    STEVE MASSIE
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    @smassiesr

    Where I live there isn’t any decent Flea Markets that sells tools, Antique Stores are a hit or miss. The best place I have found tools is at the yearly Mid – West Tool Collectors meet held yearly in Maitland, Fl about an hour from where I live.

    I have had excellent luck in buying used tools in another forum I blelong tool in their Sell and Swap section. Not to many $1 tools though, but better than E – Bay prices.

    Steve

    Steve Massie, I live in the great State of Florida, US

    #139528
    Eric Lundholm
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    @ericwd

    Went back the the swap meet yesterday, I bought some Tomatoes and my son bought nothing. Some days you find things, some days you don’t. keep looking.

    #139770
    Alan
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    @alan141

    I wish I’d got a ‘heads-up’ from Paul when he was buying 071-Routers for £5.

    Does anyone think buying & selling tools on here might work?

    #139815
    Eric Lundholm
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    @ericwd

    Im sure you could sell here, especially if you had reasonable prices, buying from nonusers is were to find bargains. if your just looking for good used tools and don’t mind paying slightly more than ebay prices for them there are a number of sellers on lumberjocks that buy, recondition and sell.

    #139955
    Paul Dallender
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    @pompeyexile

    Never heard of such a thing as a ‘Swap Meet’ over here in the UK. Is that the equivalent to our car boot sales? I’ve found some real bargains at those.

    Paul - A southern lad living up north - Nr York England

    #139959
    Joe Kaiser
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    @jotato

    I have never been to a car boot sale, but I think they are. Just a group of people setting up tables selling stuff.

    Seattle, WA

    #140006
    Steve Giles
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    @gilessteve

    Re. going to swap meets, buying tools etc.

    The older I get, the less I find myself being interested in ‘collecting’ things. It’s surprising how far one can go with a couple of saws, a plane or two, some chisels, a square, some clamps and a pencil.

    I’m determined not to let myself be distracted from actual woodworking by the desire to own every vintage tool I see. Tool acquisition is a necessary stage I’m going through in order to move on in the hobby. IMO, it doesn’t really matter (within reason) what price you pay for a particular tool if you only need one and it’ll last you a lifetime. So finding a bargain is nice, but I don’t get hung up on it.

    Just my own personal philosophy (-:

    #140034
    Eric Lundholm
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    @ericwd

    Steve, if you have the money it’s probably best to go out and buy the best and start using it. Its those working for minimum wage or with kids or retired on a strict budget, they have to find the bargains. I would tend to be a hoarder, I have passed up a few stanley planes that I could have picked up for almost nothing. If I find a nicer tool than the one I currently have, I sell the one I have. My son passed up a reasonable deal on a stanley #1 He has no use for one and doesn’t want to be a collector.

    #140036
    Steve Giles
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    @gilessteve

    Hi Eric. I think we agree. The point I was making is that getting hooked on buying bargains can eventually become more expensive than just buying only what you really need (at a reasonable price). This is equally true regardless of the person’s wealth.

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