Skip to comments.FReeper needs advice on how to get rid of deceased father-in-laws tools and workshop items.
Posted on 12/16/2004 8:53:24 AM PST by superfries
Recently my father-in-law passed away. He had a giant steel building he kept a huge variety of tools in, it was his workshop. I am talking 40 feet by 50 feet of over 5000 sockets (metric and SAE) , hundreds of allen wrenches, sheet metal, many bench tools. I am looking for a way to get rid of it all so she can sell her house and the utility buildings and sheds that all these tools occupy and have reached a dead end. Can anyone point me in the right direction? She lives in Burleson, TX and is willing to give it all away if someone will just come and get it all.
There are auction services available. Those types of items sell very well at auctions.
ebay ebay ebay!!! or you can donate it all to my garage.
My bet is that somebody will come and get it for scrap, if nothing else.
I may try to sell some of my father's tools and supplies that way. Never have used EBay before, but maybe worth a try.
Sell them. You can make a bunch of money on these things at something as simple as a garage sale. My mother died in April and we sold all of my deceased father's tools. Everybody will buy tools at garage sales. I was amazed.
garage sale? auction service? ebay? all of the above? Heck, list them here .. give Freepers first choice!!! I love my tools!!
I would imagine that a local auctioneer would be glad to help you sell it. I don't have any direct knowledge what the terms would be, I do see such sales advertised in the local paper. They would probably have a fair idea on what the asking price for such items would be and could probably contact interested parties that such a sale was taking place.
Auction ... Tools are valuable. With that many, it's probably worth it to hire a live auctioneer to handle it.
Put an ad in the local paper and free ad rags. You'd be surprised at how fast that stuff will go, especially if you're just giving it away.
There is at least one good size auction house in Joshua that I know of.
Tell where, I will come and get it. I live in Houston, have truck and trailer, I am serious.
You may want to contact these folks:
Liberty Tool Company
P.O. Box 346
Liberty, ME 04949
Fax (207) 589-3581
They are a seller of used tools and have a very large inventory. With a collection as large as the one you are describing, they may want to buy the whole lot.
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Well, as for the tools and workshop items, you might think about E-Bay, or donating them to Goodwill or some other charity so they can auction them off or sell them...
As far as getting rid of a Father-In-Law, there are several legal and illegal routes you can take.
good idea, thanks!
tried that and basically got no response.
will pass your info on to the mother-in-law, thanks!
will check into that, thanks!
will pass your offer to her tonight, thanks a bunch!
super info, thanks a bunch!
i'd love to come get it, but texas is too far fer me. That said, you can try ebay either yourself, or through a third party.
I haven't any advice, but this seems a good thread to mention it. My hubby passed away on Oct 29th and I have quite a bit of 2 way radio and electronic stuff to sell. I'm near Memphis. From a Bird watt meter, a box of scan boards, 2 portable radios and a Power Wave unit for a 800mhz transmitter.
Due to your location, security will be a problem if you advertise yourself in the paper. Some may come look to see what you got and clean you out that night. You may more money there than you know.
Wish I had the money to buy some things from you (three kids, 4 vehicles). Good luck.
Any word on what's going to happen with the tools?
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