You don’t necessarily gotta tell me I’m pretty but even this ugly old whore has some standards.
As you are probably well aware of by now, I’m a Tool Junkie
This time of year there are literally Yard sales all over the fucking place.
Every once in a while I’ll stop at one of these things just to look around and see if there are any deals on old tools and such.
Every once in a while I get lucky too.
A while back I found a few old hammer heads at a couple of these things pretty cheap.
A small Copper one, a medium and a small Ball Peen at two different places.
They are usually buried in a box or a bucket full of crap and I can normally get them dirt cheap because they are rusty, corroded and dirty.
Normally it only takes a few minutes on a wire wheel and they clean right up.
Then they lay around.
Eventually I’ll remember them and remind my self to pick up a handle or two for them.
Today was one such day.
I went out in the garage, dug around, rounded up a few and actually found a new handle that I had bought a while back for such a day. I went in to work some over time today and stopped in at a Wilco store on the way. It’s basically a Farm supply/hardware store.
I figured if anyone would have replacement hammer handles, it would be them.
I finally had to ask some young guy but they did have some.
This is where the attempted rape occurred officer.
Let me ask you guys something.
Have you priced hammer handles recently?
If you haven’t then you had better sit down.
I took one look at what they were asking for them and about shit a ring around myself.
I paid anywhere from fifty cents to maybe a dollar for these hammer heads.
Get a load of this,
NINETEEN MOTHERFUCKING DOLLARS.
For a hammer handle.
You see the empty slot in the middle?
There was one left for $8.99 and I snagged it.
When I got to the counter the girl scanned it and told me it was $17.99.
I said OH NO NO NO NO.
I’ll be right back.
So I went and took a picture of the price tag and went right back up there and showed it to her.
She apologized and fixed the price. It still wound up costing me almost ten bucks with tax.
I told her for eighteen bucks, I would tear down pallets and MAKE one first.
Don’t laugh, I’ve done it. Made one out of Oak and it turned out nice too.
So while I was standing there with my jaw hanging open over the price of hammer handles, I also see they have axe handles. I need one of those too for a medium Double Bit I got from my Sister In Law when I got the walk behind tractor.
This is where it gets really stupid.
I’m not paying thirty five fucking dollars for an axe handle.
Not happening, ever.
Just a bit to the right of these axe handles are brand new axes, complete with handles.
For two dollars more.
I mean who are these fucking people and more importantly, how stupid do they think the rest of us are?
I bought the damn hammer handle because I had already gone through the hassle of getting there through a traffic construction zone and then taking the time to find it. Almost ten bucks out the door.
I did manage to get handles on the heads too.
The one on the far right is one I already use and the handle for the little one I made out of some doweling I had laying around. It’s just a little Tap Tapper anyway.
I’ll use the stubs I cut off for file handles later.
After I got to work I was telling a guy about all this and he told me about a place he used to go to and I can remember almost the exact thing when I was younger, in several different places.
He used to go to this little General Store kind of outfit that was way the hell out of town. Out on the front porch they had an old wooden barrel full of axe handles poking out of it. You could sort through them and pick out any one you wanted, for three dollars.
I remember seeing that shit many times when I was a kid.
Apparently we are both ancient old bastards now and those days are long gone.
I guess the moral of this story is that I need to start shopping these yard and garage sales hard from here on out.
I’m betting 95% of people have no idea how much some of this stuff has gone up.
Just for shits and grins I am going to do some On Line looking to see if it’s just this one place with the crazy prices or if the rest of the world has lost it’s collective marbles too.
At these prices, even if I have to pay five buck for a decent old hammer with a handle on it at a yard sale I will be way ahead in the larger scheme of things.
You can bet your Bippy that I will be scouring these sales from here on out for cheap deals while they are still out there.