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beerdog 04-12-2009 09:53 PM

Garage sale finds
Picked up a great large old Wilton heavy duty woodworking vise for $15 today. All cast iron and steel construction. Perfect working order.

Wondering what other good tool deals people have come across at garage and estate sales.

RegeSullivan 04-13-2009 07:32 AM

Just picked up a never used in the box Clarke hammer drill for $15. I know it's not great quality but I plan to use it as a "lender" tool so I can keep my Makita on the shelf until I need it.

shumakerscott 04-13-2009 02:19 PM

How about a pic of your great find. dorf Dude...

fbennett1125 04-14-2009 04:28 PM

not really that exciting but we needed a filing cabinet and we found one at a moving sale for all of 8 bucks. gotta love saving money

hankscorpio 04-14-2009 07:39 PM

Gotta love Yardsales. My town has a "town wide" yardsale once a year, everyone who intends on having one is supposed to do it on the same day. Its coming up this weekend. I love it. A few years ago my wife and I made out like bandits with furniture. This year I'm looking for odds and ends. The best is someone's old box or pile of tools they dont care about. Like picking out 25 dollar wrenches for a buck a piece. This year I'm keeping an eye out for some snippers, a cold chisel, more heavy duty extention cords

micromind 04-14-2009 09:46 PM

Years ago, my wife would go garage saleing with a couple of her friends. Most of the time, she'd come home with more stuff than we had room for. Every time they'd go out, I'd grumble a little.

When we were building our house, I designed it for a woodstove. It was framed up, and we still hadn't even looked at woodstoves yet. One day while she was at a garage sale, she called and asked if she should buy a woodstove for $20. I figured that for $20, it can't be much of a stove, but maybe I would put it in the garage.

What she brought home was a double-walled fan forced beauty! Just the right size, and in absolutely perfect condition. Worth around $2,000.

I never complained about garage sales again.

A couple of years later, she got a hot tub for $200. No pump or heater, so I built a pump skid with a heater and controls for about another $200. Most of the parts I had around the garage, so I bought only the pump head and the heater element.

That was about 10 years ago, I was in it last night. It still works just fine.

If you have enough patience, you can do pretty good at garage sales.


Scuba_Dave 04-14-2009 10:19 PM

I shop mostly on craigslist
There are always hot tubs listed for free
I have 3 now, one is solar heated, one is electric
And the 3rd one is being made into part of a pond

I bought a complete playground set for my son for $75
Fort w/yellow slide, climbing wall, tire swing, firemens pole & rope ladder. 4 position swing - monkey bar, 2 swings & baby/toddler swing - huge beam & supports, then in th eback right is a 6x6 sand box that is covered w/ 3rd hot tub cover to keep cats out
We bought a new tarp, handles for climbing, binoculars & sand - spent about $90 all together. I also went over the whole thing with a sander. Maybe a $1500+ set when new

The castle was $20 delivered (another free slide I connected off the back), playhouse was $100
The little slide was $20 & we resold it for $20 after 1 year
Also picked up a seesaw for free - new
Basket ball setup was new

I've also bought windows off craigslist for my addition for less then 1/2 price - new - some even still in the box

gma2rjc 04-14-2009 10:24 PM

I got an electric leaf blower at a yard sale for $5 a couple summers ago. Looked like brand new. The guy said the lawn at their new house was too big to use electric, so he bought a gas powered model.

As I was putting it in my van I thought, "this is a good deal, but what the heck am I going to do with it?"

I already had a gas powered Husqvarna leaf blower at home. The $5 blower still sits in my shed, taking up space and hasn't been used once. I'll probably give it to someone to get it out of the way.

So, is it still a bargain if you don't need it and never use it?

DangerMouse 04-15-2009 07:34 AM

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a bargain is no bargain if you have no-where to put it.....
anyone else here live with a packrat?
this is a 200 sq. ft. tarp building.
just a drop in the bucket around here.....


Scuba_Dave 04-15-2009 08:29 AM

I bought 5 skylights off Craigslist for $200
One I knew I wasn't going to use - sold it for $25
I am using 3 of the remaing 4
The 4th one I sold for $200 (normally $388)
So I'm ahead!!!

I bought a wood shipper for $350, used it 2x
Realized I burn everything in the fireplace, sold it for $375 (new $800)

With my addition being built I have more ladders then I need
Most were off craigslist, once completed I'll sell a few

gma2rjc 05-18-2009 09:29 AM

My husband loves yard sales. He plans his Saturday mornings around them. :yes:

This past Saturday he called to tell me about a house where they were selling landscaping plants. I drove over there and found a few things for the yard.

I also found 2 new unopened packages of 8" duct insulation for $1.

Next tax season I can write-off .30 cents of that. :laughing:.......:no:

DangerMouse 05-18-2009 10:15 AM

i picked up 2 Low E glass 18"x56" !new in the box! windows yesterday for $25.
those will go on each side of the front door. Po)


beerdog 05-18-2009 11:39 AM

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Here is the vise. I have come across some fantastic deals on tools and machines at estate sales. Not so many deals at garage/yard sales. This is morbid, but the best deals are when someone dies and the family pays someone to conduct the sale. They simply want to get rid of the stuff. This website is great for finding estate sales.

Scuba_Dave 05-18-2009 12:06 PM

I picked up a 4' forsythia bush last fall for free off craigslist
I meant to take a pic when it flowered - looked great
Also 3 smaller rooted parts that are now growing
I just picked up 4 small bushes/ground cover plants -Euonymus
They root readily so I can cut off more as they spread

Picked up a tugboat sandbox for free last year
Sold it for $20 this year
I also picked up a load of pavers - enough to top the cement block wall on one side of the yard. Now I can fill in with dirt up to the top of the wall. If I don't need it - I resell it. I don't buy stuff I don't need

cabinetman 05-28-2009 06:16 AM


Originally Posted by beerdog (Post 275140)
Here is the vise. I have come across some fantastic deals on tools and machines at estate sales. Not so many deals at garage/yard sales. This is morbid, but the best deals are when someone dies and the family pays someone to conduct the sale. They simply want to get rid of the stuff. This website is great for finding estate sales.

I have to agree with you, except for when the family thinks junk is gold. I am a garage sale/flea market junkie. I buy a lot of hand tools, like chisels, planes, and just stuff I need to earn a living.

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