As a child I lived in Carpentersville Illinois, one of my favorite memories from back then was going to the candy store with my older brother. A shinny quarter in my pocket from our father would get me a bag filled with the candy of my choice. That was over forty years ago and things have certainly changed since then. These days a quarter would hardly buy me candy yet alone a bag filled with it.
The prices from yesterday might be a thing of the past but if you look hard enough the deals from back then can still be found. One of my favorite places for this are antique stores and similar outlets. My typical venture to these places is in search of hand tools, and usually I find them. It does sometimes require a bit of digging around through the different things that tend to collected and pile up in places like this, but the treasure hunt is certainly worth the reward when you find that one item.
Over the years I have found all kinds of great deals in places like this, just recently a beautiful Victor hand plane that I gladly paid eight dollars for. Now the chances of finding a brand new item in a place like this is pretty slim, these are usually tools that have been used through the generations and are just waiting to be used again in need of a little cleaning up and some over due maintenance, but certainly deserving of the few dollars being asked for and the little bit of work required to bring them back to glory.
For me second hand tools bring pride, I think it's the awareness that you are carrying on the craftsmanship of the generations before you shadowed in the thoughts of what amazing things these craftsmen may have created with the very tool you hold in your hand, it is truly an amazing circle that I am proud to be a small part of. Antique stores are an amazing place and are certainly filled with great deals, but I think they are so much more then that, they promote heritage to come about full circle, for a new generation to appreciate, create with and build this generation of craftsmen.
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