July 14, 2011

How to find a Stanley 42X saw set on eBay

3 steps to finding the most-recommended saw set, the Stanley 42X, on eBay, without overpaying:

1. Read How to Win at eBay
  http://www.kenrockwell.com/tech/ebay/index.htm

2. Use an eBay search which I developed.  Copy and paste this into your search box for All Categories and save it.  This will get almost all Stanley saw sets while excluding almost all stuff you aren't looking for.
  stanley (saw,handsaw) (setter,set,tooth) -sharp -hole -kit -multi -mitre -hard -3-N-1 -20-092 -chalkline

3.  By studying eBay pictures, learn what a 42X looks like from every angle.  Do not depend on the seller's description - it may be incomplete or missing.

Be persistent, and good luck!

February 28, 2011

Digging for Metal: How To Find Used and Vintage Tools at Flea Markets

Flea markets are a great source of vintage collectible and user tools of all kinds at low prices.  My metro area has 2 large and one small outdoor markets, all open weekends weather permitting.  There are also a handful of indoor places that call themselves flea markets.  I’ve been buying used and antique from tools to furniture and clothing for decades, but didn’t start going to outdoor flea markets until I got serious about antique tools in 2010.

See Instruction Manuals & More links list for rest of article, Digging for Metal: How To Find Used and Vintage Tools at Flea Markets.