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A neighbor 8 or 9 houses down in the culdesac was having an estate sale. I have never met anyone there, nor have I actually ever seen anyone there in the last 8 years living here.

It looked like a church was helping sell the place off. The guy was a carver/turner/all around handyman. Talking to the guy there said the husband died several years back and the wife was selling everything and moving to Florida. Said she was real excited. I replied "I bet she is. My wife would sell every tool I have today if she had the chance."

Anyway, from the looks of the place it hadn't been used since the early 80's as evident from the last issue of Chip Chats piled in the corner. I'm not kidding when I say it looked like it was left 20 years ago and just abandoned.

I couldn't afford the lathe set-up even though it had everything and was worth every cent. So I loaded up on mostly expendable type stuff with a few exceptions. Pics attached.

I made a second trip the following day and spent a grand total of $50. The sandpaper alone was worth that at today's prices. Good quality paper too. All Norton and 3M. I wonder if he was plagued by some of the trash products we have when he was shopping for supplies.

The thing that really stood out to me was how the guy was such a pack-rat. Nothing wrong with that, but there were duplicates of lots of stuff that didn't make much sense to me. Maybe old age got the better of him.

I hope no one has to enlist outside help, let alone sell my stuff when I die.
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hello Joe,

it looks like you got some great deals. just the calipers probably cost the old man more than you paid. i see as i get older that i when i buy things , especially the less expensive stuff, i tend to buy more than one. but i do hope it will be a few more years til its being sold at an estate sale, lol.

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HI Joe

Man do I love Estate sales

You can find some great stuff in them most of the time
I got a PC 3HP router for 10.oo bucks , I just could not just walk out the door with it for that price so a gave the lady 30.oo bucks for it. she was a happy camper and so was I.. but she didn't know what she should sale the items for them, i.e. she had a old B & D power hand saw (1950's) and she wanted 80.oo bucks for it and the guy in front of me said I will give you 60.oo bucks for it and she sold it LOL, so to say it pays to go to them...with your head screwed on

It looks like you said I will take that box and that box and that's a great way to get the best deals..
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A neighbor 8 or 9 houses down in the culdesac was having an estate sale. I have never met anyone there, nor have I actually ever seen anyone there in the last 8 years living here.

It looked like a church was helping sell the place off. The guy was a carver/turner/all around handyman. Talking to the guy there said the husband died several years back and the wife was selling everything and moving to Florida. Said she was real excited. I replied "I bet she is. My wife would sell every tool I have today if she had the chance."

Anyway, from the looks of the place it hadn't been used since the early 80's as evident from the last issue of Chip Chats piled in the corner. I'm not kidding when I say it looked like it was left 20 years ago and just abandoned.

I couldn't afford the lathe set-up even though it had everything and was worth every cent. So I loaded up on mostly expendable type stuff with a few exceptions. Pics attached.

I made a second trip the following day and spent a grand total of $50. The sandpaper alone was worth that at today's prices. Good quality paper too. All Norton and 3M. I wonder if he was plagued by some of the trash products we have when he was shopping for supplies.

The thing that really stood out to me was how the guy was such a pack-rat. Nothing wrong with that, but there were duplicates of lots of stuff that didn't make much sense to me. Maybe old age got the better of him.

I hope no one has to enlist outside help, let alone sell my stuff when I die.



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Joe, whilst I congratulate you on your purchases, your post saddens me because, at 75, I imagined bargain hunters going through my shed and leaving an empty shell, I've just decided that I'm going to live forever, rather like Dorian Gray, I'll let my portrait grow old while I stay young!

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