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post #41 of 653 Old 04-29-2012, 06:55 AM
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Question, no answer right or wrong, how do you treat deals that are TOO good with elderly folks. Do you score and run, do you give them a little more than their asking, do you tell them to sell it for more? I sometimes feel like Kharma will bite me if I score too big. Is that wierd?
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Those are all awesome deals. I wish I could come across some wood like Tom keeps doing. That Bobba Fett is awesome. I have a buddy at work who is in the office. He has Obi-wan and Luke in their little hovercraft thing set up with two imperial guards standing by it. He says it's the "These are not the droids you are looking for" scene. Cracks me up. I have no doubt that you scored big with Bobba and the micrometer.

That #7 looks like it has A LOT of potential. I hope you post some after pics.

Nice score Brink! How does that bit sharpener work? That would be a nice tool. I have more dull bits than I have sharp ones it seems.

I try to hit the older neighborhoods for rummages. I tend to scout in the car before I go afoot in the area. Older ladies are always good. They tend to have hubbies old tools out for sale. I know that's a generalization though since I got my scores at 40's something people's sales.

Question, no answer right or wrong, how do you treat deals that are TOO good with elderly folks. Do you score and run, do you give them a little more than their asking, do you tell them to sell it for more? I sometimes feel like Kharma will bite me if I score too big. Is that wierd?
The sharpener works well, once I figured it out. It's made by General, the manual was available for downloading, and left a lot for interpretation. Now I have a drill dr and rarely use this one.

Treating deals...with a pro seller, I haggle, nit pic, look for a freebie to sweeten it. For folks who are liquidating, I'll pay a fair price, and advise what they should be getting. Profiting off someone else's misery is wrong, IMO.

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Question, no answer right or wrong, how do you treat deals that are TOO good with elderly folks. Do you score and run, do you give them a little more than their asking, do you tell them to sell it for more? I sometimes feel like Kharma will bite me if I score too big. Is that wierd?
I may mention that it's a really really good price for it. The about garage sells is, people aren't selling the stuff to get their moneys worth, or to make a profit. They are selling it to get rid of it. Sure, item-x may be able to sell for $x more if they took the time to take good pictures and sell it on line, or find the correct buyer. But the point isn't to make $x. It's to get item-x out of the house/garage.
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I'd be honest if I see something that's obviously worth more than yard sale prices. But mostly because I've been on the other end of the equation, I did a yard sale a few years ago and an elderly woman looking through everything pointed out that the old dish with a $0.25 price tag on it was Depression glass.
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Question, no answer right or wrong, how do you treat deals that are TOO good with elderly folks. Do you score and run, do you give them a little more than their asking, do you tell them to sell it for more? I sometimes feel like Kharma will bite me if I score too big. Is that wierd?
The one time I had that dilemma it was with two very elderly folks... His father was a jack of all and had a few nice hand tools, his mother passed long after him and they were getting rid of his tools before selling the house once she passed.

They had no idea what to ask for tools so I gave them an honest middle of the road appraisal on every ww'n tool he had even though I was only interested in a block plane and try square.

A month later they called me and told me to come get the squirrel cage fan from the green house that I had expressed an interest in and refused to let me pay for it. I use that fan daily to ventilate my shop... Nice folks.
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Question, no answer right or wrong, how do you treat deals that are TOO good with elderly folks. Do you score and run, do you give them a little more than their asking, do you tell them to sell it for more? I sometimes feel like Kharma will bite me if I score too big. Is that wierd?
Can't believe you wrote that! The only times I find myself knowingly overpaying is when I deal with older folks. Typically, these folks tell me to pay them "whatever I think is fair" and are much less likely than most, to haggle. As a result, I think I overcompensate for the possibility that I will not pay a "fair" price.
Hey - wait a minute - that's pretty shrewd on their part!
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Oh I am definitely getting in on this. Next weekend I am going to a large neighbourhood garage sale...approximately 60 to 70 houses (or more) taking part. This year I have already scored an excellent Craftsman commercial grade router in good shape, an older Sears and Roebuck dovetail jig, an older Zircon stud finder, a beauty of a chalk line pre loaded with baby powder that I will use for interior finishing, an old drill press cradle/stand, and an old Beaver tools belt drive table saw that works great. That was all for about $60. Hopefully this weekend yields some great finds.
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Can't believe you wrote that! The only times I find myself knowingly overpaying is when I deal with older folks. Typically, these folks tell me to pay them "whatever I think is fair" and are much less likely than most, to haggle. As a result, I think I overcompensate for the possibility that I will not pay a "fair" price.
Hey - wait a minute - that's pretty shrewd on their part!
Yep, that generation didn't get old by being stupid.
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I'll be going to an estate sale later today. I get off work at 7a and will get a few winks of sleep, but I hope to find some gems. Here's the description:

Come "dig and dicker". No early sales!!! Hundreds of items!!! Hand tools, power tools, yard tools, wheel barrow, ladders, hammock, electrical hardware, electrical tools, plumbing hardware, plumbing tools carpentry hardware, carpentry tools, shelving, trunk, lots of miscellaneous, and did I mention tools?......

There were some pretty interesting home-made tool chests, a very girthy workbench, and some other oddities in the sealed bid auction earlier this week, so the tool selection should be decent, if not interesting.
Estate sale was a bust. I wasn't punctual enough, so all that was left was used electrical fixtures, a few small boxes of HVAC parts (thermostats, etc), and some lightweight shelving brackets. I'll have to be more dilligent at the next one and creep around the address 30 minutes prior.
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Drat! That sucks Phaedrus. If it was easy it wouldn't be a hunt and wouldn't be fun though, right?
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I admit that it's not the greatest find or deal... Not even my greatest find or deal... but I like it

A Stanley 77 marking Gauge. Pat Oct 22. 72. forr $23 shipped:

EDIT: I'm at FD, but I'll upload another picture once it's cleaned up...
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Well, I made three stops Friday morning and here's the only thing I got that seemed worth posting. It's a 1 1/2" Stanley 720 firmer chisel.
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knew I forgot something -- $10.00
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That's a nice old marking gauge Tom. Is it strickly a mortise gauge or does one of the pins recess into the body or come out for strickly marking purposes? Are you going to clean it up or leave it? I'd leave it. There's patina and there's crud. That gauge has patina IMHO.

Joe! I'm jealous man, I can't find an old chisel to save my life at these sales. I got an old chisel off of ebay a few weeks ago, and I thought I did ok. I sharpened it up and used it and the metal is soooo soft. I think I need to harden it. Those 720's and 750's all look so nice.
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Nice Finds guys!
I Just made a pretty good "score" myself. Got a Hardly used 14 inch delta bandsaw for $125....Plus a free Old Boyce crane scroll saw!!!
bought a couple blades for both, and they work great!
now i just gotta find a drill press....
Gotta love Garage sale season!

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I just scored yesterday. FREE trundle bed with two brand new mattresses. Craigslist find.
I'll be using it in my cabin up north.

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The metal frame is going to the trash lol. I'll be making head board and foot board Out of logs or slabs.

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Yesterday I posted a few images of a 720 chisel I picked up on Friday. While there, the old timer told me he thought he might have a few other things, and when he got a chance he'd look around. I left him my number, knowing full well that you almost never hear back. This morning he called. I came back fifty dollars poorer and 14 tools richer. The set of (6) No. 60s is unused. There's a Jernbolaget (Eskilstuna) Swedish chisel, a No. 60 1/2, and 9 1/2 block planes, and (my favorite) a Type 14 No. 5 Jack with much of the original label still showing on the tote.
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Last weekends finds.

Morrill saw set and two files, $10

Stanley square, $4
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Last weekends finds.

Morrill saw set and two files, $10

Stanley square, $4
Nice... But that ain't cut'n it! Show em the real gem ya got, dang it!!!
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