What should I do with excess tools?

marie26December 20, 2007

I organized all the tools we've accumulated throughout the years. I have so many duplicates which include screwdrivers, hammers, wrenches, drill bits, etc. because I was never able to locate what I needed. Now, especially because of the move, I need to weed out everything.

What should I do with the excess tools? Donate them, give them away to a neighbor (if they even want them) or try to sell them? I've never joined freecycle and don't even know if there is one here. Will I be able to recoup any decent amount of money if I try to sell them? If not, it's not worth my effort in doing that. What should I do?

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When I found extras of things like that, I'd bring them to my job and put them out on a table with a sign "Free-help yourself" .

    Bookmark   December 20, 2007 at 8:45PM
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I'd do that too but DH and I aren't working here anymore before our move.

    Bookmark   December 20, 2007 at 9:04PM
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Freecycle would be my choice for a rural area. You can gather the responses and choose who you want. You might really end up helping a young person get started on having some of those needed items.


    Bookmark   December 21, 2007 at 12:24AM
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Do you have a Habitat for Humanity ReStore Store? They would love them!

    Bookmark   December 21, 2007 at 8:58AM
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I find that it's handy to have two sets of screwdrivers (one in the kitchen, one in the workroom/basement/garage/toolchest type of place, i.e., not in the living area).

So don't necessarily get rid of them all.

Otherwise, I don't think you'll get them much $ for them, honestly. I'd give 'em to the Goodwill (or whatever other charity you're donating stuff to).

Or if you know of anyone who's just starting out--graduated from college, or in their senior year--just hand them the whole bag of extra tools and ask them to give away any they don't need.

    Bookmark   December 21, 2007 at 10:48AM
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Tools go very very fast in garage sales, at least that has been my experience. So you might get some money for them.

You might advertise them (Craigslist, whatever) and say "make offer".

Good luck!

Jean Marie

    Bookmark   December 21, 2007 at 11:07AM
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I'm also going to suggest 2 sets. We have most of them in the garage, but I have a set of screwdrivers, hammer, pliers, adjustable wrench, icepick, glue, etc. in a narrow plastic drawer thingy in the laundry room. Comes in VERY handy at times. If I had a large home, there would be even more 'tool stations' so the tools would be nearby the task.

We still have too many, but once in awhile one of them will wander out to the yard and be gone forever, or a screwdriver will wind up in the paint box for opening cans, so for me its a good thing to have them on hand. Some day they will be donated, but for now, I use most of them at one time or another.

    Bookmark   December 22, 2007 at 4:50AM
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Donate them to Habitat to Humanity if you have one in your area.

    Bookmark   December 24, 2007 at 2:17PM
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Donate them to a trade school if there's one in your area.

    Bookmark   December 25, 2007 at 6:30AM
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One thing I remember from when my mother had a series of rummage sale to clear her house of excess in her retirement years, was so many people coming and asking if there are any tools for sale. It seemed to be the only thing some people came to buy. Surly someone will want them and you will probably get numerous reuqests if you put them on Freecycle. If you ask for a nominal amount of money for them on Craigslist, that will limit the number of people requesting them and keep resellers away, and you will have less emails to have to reply to.

Keeping two sets is a good idea.

    Bookmark   December 26, 2007 at 3:59PM
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I agree about donating to Habitat, local school districts, or missions. Tax deduction on the spot, and you don't have to hang on to the stuff any longer.

Tax deduct will be more than what you would make at a garage sale, too.

    Bookmark   January 12, 2008 at 6:50PM
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Do places like Habitat or schools give you a form to fill out for the tax deduction? These are good suggestions and the local high school has a program where the senior students actually build a house on land that was donated that they end up selling.

    Bookmark   January 12, 2008 at 10:32PM
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They will give you a receipt and you submit it with your others to the IRS wnen filing.

    Bookmark   January 13, 2008 at 4:33AM
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Thank you, Lucy, for letting me know this.

    Bookmark   January 13, 2008 at 11:07PM
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just make SURE you no longer need them before you get rid of them!

my wife cannot understand why i always want more screwdriver sets, drills, etc. i keep a full set of common tools in the house, a larger set in my truck, and then 4 tool boxes full in my workshop. each tool box is dedicated to a specific task(plumbing, electrical, general purpose, and auto) and of course this means i have several duplicate tools. but i ALWAYS know i have everything i should need when i grab a box.

so unless you are moving to an apartment/condo that will not require you to do anything around the house, i would say to keep most of them.

    Bookmark   January 16, 2008 at 3:18PM
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Pardon me, but what exactly IS an "excess tool"?!?!?
((snicker)) Strange but true fact ... I LOVE TOOLS! Power tools, old fashioned tools, weird only works for one thing in the world tools ... I LOVE THEM ALL ... and I could never stand to part with a single one! Ask my poor hubbs ... I haven't in years!
If you gott'a ... I would say find a homeless shelter in your area and donate them there ... either they can use them ON the shelter ... or the people living there can use them to find/do work ...


    Bookmark   January 17, 2008 at 2:16PM
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well, I would say that excess tools is 3 hammers in the same tool box.

But since one of them in my Golden Hammer from Mechanix Illustrated (I didn't win it; I was given it at the end of my internship there)...

    Bookmark   January 17, 2008 at 2:50PM
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