I bought a almost new Crapsman's Dado, a try square, 5 lbs. of
stainless steel safety wire and other woodworking items. I did not buy
the Sears radial saw as I do not need them. In the garage there is a
Troy Bilt tiller, a motor cycle, a new stroll saw and many well-cared
machines and tools in excellent conditions. My wife bought a Singer
sawing machine a few kitchen items.
As we walked away from the house, I feel very sad. We might have been
great-friend. We have many things in common. I too was an A&P
mechanic (and a degree ) from Northrop in LA. He was also an A&P
mechanic with TWA in Denver Colorado. Everything he owned is well
kept. In the bookshelves beside the fireplace were old training
manuals; B707, DC9, Convair 880, L1011 and the P&W pocket handbook
(1961). I have also worked on many of these aircrafts including
I do not go to many estate sales, but this one make me thinks. Once
you are gone, it is only a matter of days, the living will dispose
everything you really love while you are still alive. I love good
tools, especially if you are once an A&P mechanic. It is a crime to
dispose them so cheaply what you have collected during your lifetime.
What do you think?
Agreed. We don't get to choose when we go, but if we do see the end
coming, to give your stuff to some one(s) that will really appreciate it,
could be one of the most meaningful things you can do in your life.
At the very least, think about who has envied your xyz tool, and take the
time to set it all down in a will.
Not far from where I set is a shed/shop full of wood working tools, once
owned by a man who spent many hours working with them. They have set there
idle for 10+ years a monument to him. Dirt and rust now cover the once
polished cast iron, dark cold silence broods where once was light, warmth
and the sound of creation. My tools have become my friends and companions
even though they are cold hard metal, every ding, worn spot, stain are known
to me and tell stories. When I no longer need them or can use them I would
prefer they go to someone who will use and treasure them as I have, not set
cold and idle as a useless monument to my memory. I have old used tools
from people I don't even know and every I use them the unknown person who
cared for them before me is remembered and Lives for a few more seconds
through his/her shared use of a tool.
When I leave this life, I have a feeling that I won't care about
"stuff" anymore. <G>
As far as in this life, stuff is still stuff. Nice to have and nice
to use, but if I had to give it all up, it's still only stuff. I
Who you really are, especially when no one is looking, is more
important than what you have.
If I could no longer use my tools, I'd not sell them cheaply. I'd give them
away. (I may change my mind if I was eating cat food to survive, or course)
I've had tools that I no longer used. I've had the opportunity to sell
them, but I found a person that needed the tools more than me so I gave them
away. Yard sales? Nah, put the stuff at the end of the driveway with a
sign that says "free" and let others have them. Desk, TV, sofa, -- all
gone. If a stranger is better off for it, good for them.
There is some sentimental value in my tools. Does that add to the cash
value? No, but it adds to the satisfaction of letting someone else get use
from them whether to earn an income or as a hobby. I guess it depends on
what gives you more satisfaction; a twenty dollar bill in your pocket or an
acquaintance saying "look what I made with the router you gave me!"
On Mon, 03 Nov 2003 14:16:08 +0000, Edwin Pawlowski wrote:
In moving and downsizing, I no longer had room for the vacuum tube ham
gear I had built/bought in the early sixties. A fellow from halfway
across the country wanted to put together a "vintage" station and took the
stuff off my hands for the shipping costs. Sure made me feel better than
putting the stuff in the dumpster.
I don't go to Estate sales or Auctions - they depress the hell out'a me.
Auctions especially - grew up in Farm Country and saw too many family farms
sold off one bolt at a time.
I think the original owner would be pleased that some one like you received
them. Treat them with the same care that he did. Think about him from time
to time when you pick one up.
Who could ask for more than that?
I'm 63, retired and have a model shop, my wife has joked about the great
vacation she'll have from the sell of my tools after I'm gone. My shop has
given me a great deal of pleasure and while I'm still able I'll continue to
enjoy my hobby and share the fruites of my labors with family, friends, and
charities. I'm certainly not in any rush to die, but die I will. I would
hope that some of my shop treasures will be passed down to family, beyond
that I could care less. It really isn't about what happens to my stuff when
I'm gone it's about what I'm doing with it while I still live. I know the
gifts from my shop are appreciated, the tools and what skills I've gained
important to me but have little value to most people unless I use them.
Naturally I take good care of my tools and have enjoyed restoring a number
of old deralict tools to display and use, and I've even made replicas of old
hand tools just for the pleasure of having something I couldn't otherwise
afford. The tools are for my enjoyment and the sense of accomplishment
gained from using them to the best of my ability to make something that
sombody else can take pleasure in. So if you want some of my tools when I
die more power to you, I will already gotten everything I could hope to get
My dad was an A&P too and just about anything else he wanted to try his hand at,
masonry, cabinet work, etc. He passed when I was 20 and my sibs and I scrapped
over his tools, it really sucked. Now that I've established a solid collection
of tools and my woodworking has surpassed the sorts of thing my dad ever
attempted, my sibs want me to have his things again and make use of them again.
Oddly enough my Dad's tools don't mean as much to me now, my own tools mean more
and many of them were bought at estate sales. What's sad is that I can't share
with my younger sibs the memories of using those great old tools with my Dad
while working on people's homes in our community.
Basically I just hope that I don't own anything anyone will fight over when I'm
Leave the tools and stuff to a youth club, school, inner city training
centre, charitable group... that will ensure that they are put to good use.
Let the relatives squabble over the stuff you don't care about.
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