Went to an estate sale this weekend. Not much in furniture or housewares
that attracted me or my wife. Headed out to the men's area to find an
old Rockwell Unisaw and a big ass planer. Now, I don't really need a
Unisaw as I've got one already and my shop space is tight as it is. The
planer will replace my older Delta benchtop which has performed well but
is definitely a light weight machine.
As I was loading up on Sunday morn this guy pulls up and looks all
disappointed in my direction. Comes up to talk and asks how much I paid.
Seeing he's kinda crestfallen already I told him $250 - was trying to
spare him a fit and heart attack - I really paid $175 for BOTH.
It pays to be the early bird.
Owen Lowe and his Fly-by-Night Copper Company
"To know the world intimately is the beginning of caring."
Wonder why I haven't met you yet. I hit a garage sale a week ago where there
was a lot of the above, but also a pretty decent little stereo system maybe 8-9
years old. At $50, I figured a new one with warranty was more sensible--at
Shop stereo doesn't have to be great, but I'm sure not about to pick up
someting used that's about as good as something new, with the new going for
Sometimes people who price this stuff are a little...proud, I guess, of their
"There are two ways of exerting one's strength: one is pushing down, the other
is pulling up." Booker T. Washington
I look at a lot of junk to find a few treasures, but since I'm retired
it's a pleasant Friday morning diversion.
OTOH, if you go on Sunday afternoon all you'll see are the leavings, but
even then ... We once got a 20 gallon aquarium, a breadmaker, and a
neat framed print - for nothing! The seller's comment was "Take
anything you want - I was just getting ready to haul it all to the
You live in the wrong state, perhaps? I'm in GA. I lived in Florida
for 10 years, and did far better in the "good score" department - but
being close to a Naval carrier base probably helped. I try to hit
them on Friday afternoon if possible, or Saturday morning - but no
luck - still looking for that box of 120 year old planes for $5. ;-)
I used to work on electronic stuff, before it was all junk imported
from China, and stereos and TVs are definitely NOT on my list of
things to buy... I have a basement full of the stuff. Can't even
sell them at garage sales, but they are too nice to throw away.
But like shop machinery, sometimes older is better. Most of this new
stuff is designed to work just about as long as the warranty lasts.
Yea, I guess I'm guilty of that myself - but I'm negotiable... ;-)
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