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Old 11-17-2016, 09:32 PM   #1
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Way back in 1952, when my dad got out of the army after serving in the Korean War, he took a job with a guy named Loren Payton who was a local homebuilder.

By 1956, my dad was on his own and within the next 3 years, managed to grow his business to keep 2 or 3 employees gainfully employed.

He finally retired in 1997, selling off the bulk of his tools and whatnot. Since then, he has used some of the tools he kept, or bought newer stuff just to keep busy in his garage / shop in Texas.

A couple of months ago, he decided that, given he will turn 90 next month, he will not longer be able to actually use many of his tools. Fact is, he can barely [lift] most of them. So it was time for them to go to the next generation.

I drove down to Texas earlier this week and have helped my folks get all this personal tools ready for a garage sale. This morning, at 8AM, the signs were put up.






I distinctly recall helping him in his shop back in Iowa make a bunch of plywood cases for many of his power tools. That would have been 1965 or 1966. Even today, he still had 7 of those DIY cases. I was given two of them, each containing an antique power tool (a drill and a sabre saw), both with metal cases.







Some of his tools are name-brand, top-shelf goodies, others are store-brand DIY-quality.






But, before the first sale, I took these photos to record the final moments all his toys were gathered together, waiting new life in new hands.

He decided to take one more look, and it was time.



By 4PM, about a third of everything had been sold. The sale will continue tomorrow and Saturday, with hopes that it will all be sold. What doesn't will be taken to the local Goodwill and donated.

He isn't saddened by the sales. Rather, it was his choice to finally let go of them. As much as a man loves his tools, he knew that simply letting that love cause them to languish, gathering dust and cobwebs in the garage, they deserve better.

He cares not how much we ultimately bring in from the sale. He's just satisfied that they'll still be used.
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Old 11-17-2016, 09:40 PM   #2
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Touching. We all come in this world like frail children and many of us will go back out that way. Transitions in life can be difficult, and I commend you both for this respectable transition to a different life phase.

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Great story, Ken. What part of Texas are you in?

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Make sure to get those pictures get put up into the Craigslist tools section to help sell them.

I look at it as a sad day, but have lots of family tools that are still used today.
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I'm Drooling over that 1/2 drill .

The old man kept a nice clean stash ! All those tools look well kept!




I'm not even 50 yet and he's getting around better than I am
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What's in the middle green wood box. Two away from the 1/2" drill. Hand tool with wooden handle...


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Lockset boring jigs I believe.
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Make sure to get those pictures get put up into the Craigslist tools section to help sell them.

I look at it as a sad day, but have lots of family tools that are still used today.

http://dallas.craigslist.org/sdf/tls/5879014739.html
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Very cool story, and the end of an era for sure!
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I'm Drooling over that 1/2 drill .

The old man kept a nice clean stash ! All those tools look well kept!




I'm not even 50 yet and he's getting around better than I am
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I bet that's a load off his mind....yard sales are a PITA.

I bet he keeps buying a few tools too.....
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I'll say it... That choked me up

You're a good man Ken... Must be something to that whole 'apple/tree' thing
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I love a good tool sale.

I'm betting he did, too.
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It's ironic that all the things we worked for, in the end, are just part of a sale somewhere...

But like a Van gogh, which really is just old paint on a canvass, it's value and use are dependent on the purchaser...

We're just lucky we had our time with the stuff and the memories and dreams we were able to make reality with them... Your Dad sounds like he understands that real well and just wants the cycle to continue with someone else...

Hope it all went well...
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He's not that concerned about how much we make (although we're at about 500 right not). He says the tools have already paid for themselves so anything he makes will be pure profit.

The table saw, mitre saw and bench grinder sold this morning, so the pile is much smaller now.
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I have my grandpas hand sledge hammer. Its gone through two handles. I break it out to start new projects with my dad. Then it goes back into a case. My dad and him used it together some 35 years ago. I hope to pass it down to the next generation.
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I was given a bunch of my father's stuff - some before he passed, some after. I use his hatchet to make kindling, so it stays right in sight next to the wood stove in the living room.
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Well, we just wrapped it all up. All the power tools sold, and all that was left was a few odd and ends that MIGHT be worth five bucks. So we pulled up the signs and called it a day.

It was nice to see most of the tools went to either neighbors or people who it was obvious they were contractors. The last customer who came in knew exactly what the door boring jig and hanging kits were.

We netted a whopping $850. Not a king's ransom by a long shot, but everything has a new home with the next generation.
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Thank you for sharing that special part of your family history. Best of luck to your dad and family.
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I am fortunate enough to have several of my Grandpa's carpentry tools, especially as I could only manage bringing a few things back on my last trip from the UK. My dad had kept them and he was pleased I wanted them too. My brothers all have some of his tools. Prized posessions.

It is alway good to see old tools go on to a new life. While clearly tool technology has progressed vastly that is not to say there is no use for old tools.

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