Yard sale/Flea market restoration challenge!

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  1. manitoulinbound

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    Tis the season for yard sales, flea markets, finding things in the ditch that were covered in snow, etc. Lots of times I pass up good gear for cheap because it needs work and I don't need it. So I was thinking about a restoration challenge. Basically, find and item, restore it and at the end we will put all the goodies in a virtual pile, I will do a rng, first name gets first pick and so on down the line. No restrictions that I can think of other then you'd have to be willing to ship your item. If there's enough interest we can hash out the details. I'm thinking letting it run til September which seems to be when flea markets and yard sales shut down, and have your item ready by the end of October.

    So let me know what you guys and gals think, and if there's enough interest, let's restore some goodies!

    Adding on May 12:

    So it looks like we have enough interest to get this rolling. I don't want to make this too complicated but here are a few basic rules I'd like to see followed.

    1. By saying I'm in, you agree to ship your item. Be aware that may mean US residents shipping to Canada and vice versa.

    2. Deadline for I'm in's is September 1, 2019. Show and tell happen September 20 at which point I will put everyone's name in a random number generator. I will list all the available goodies and 1st name picked through the rng will get first pick of the goodies then so on. I will automatically be last pick. You will then contact the person who's project you selected and work out the shipping details.

    3. An item can be anything outdoor related in the realms of bushcraft, camping, hunting, fishing, etc. No volleyball nets or tennis rackets, unless it's somehow a bushcraft tennis racket.

    4. You can find an item at a yard sale, flea market, etc to restore or find an item and repurpose it. Obviously some items will need more work than others and that's fine but please try to put a little elbow grease into your project.

    5. You can post a build along in this thread or save your project for a surprise. There's no need to reveal what you spent on the item unless you want to.

    By letting this run til September, it will give everyone a chance at finding something with plenty of time to work on it. I will update the I'm in's as they come in. If you said I'm in before I posted the guidelines, I will assume you are still in unless I hear other wise. If I've missed anything or if you have any questions or concerns, just let me know. Let's have some fun with this!
     
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  2. wallflash

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    Sounds interesting!
     
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  3. Bobsdock

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    Sounds like a great idea brother. I love yard sales and flea markets.
     
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    Sounds interesting
     
  5. HannahT

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    This could be a lot of fun! I get to finally go to the Wednesday flea market next week (they have it Saturday too, but it's not as big). I usually have to work.
     
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    Does it have to be restored @manitoulinbound or can it be repurposed? For example, buying an old hand saw and making a knife out of it, etc.
     
  7. Holtzcraft

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    Hmmm, sounds interesting. Plus an excuse to do some looking...
     
  8. manitoulinbound

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    I don't plan on slapping a lot of rules on this. I think if you find something at a market or sale and bring it back to cool or turn it into something cool, that'd be hunky dory.
     
  9. SmilinJoe

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    Interesting. I'd be in for this.
     
  10. Jonah L. Archer

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    Yep... I'm in to.
     
  11. manitoulinbound

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    Coolio, looks like we have enough interest to give it a whirl. I'll come up with a few "guidelines" and update the original post in a day or two. In the mean time, enjoy the hunt ladies and gents!
     
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    Not in as I'll most definitely be restoring an axe and Id only be comfortable shipping in the conus.
    Great idea though! Good luck to all!!
     
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  13. mtnoutdoors

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    Sounds like this could be fun to see what everyone comes up with. I am going to keep my eye o_O on this.
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  14. Jim L.

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    This sounds like fun. Does it have to restoration? How 'bout resurrection or my favorite, repurpose mentioned by @Outdoor Dauber?



    (edit: man. Igotta quit posting when I'm tirwd.....:rolleyes:)
     
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    Sounds cool, I'm in!

    I literally have the next 8 days off, specifically took the days to clear my garage and hopefully some of my house too. I'm gonna run across crap I've forgotten I even have...
     
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    Totally in , yard sale, flea mkts addict
     
  17. fishiker

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    Great idea for a giveaway. We have plans to take in a couple flea markets next weekend. I'll keep my eyes open for a piece I can work on.
     
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    Should be a lot of Coleman product!
     
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    Original post updated.
     
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    Alrighty, I'm in. Should be pretty fun!
     
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    First market of the season yesterday. Some ok finds but I'm holding out for something I have in mind.
     
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    I'd like to be in but will hold off until I find something or forget this thread ever existed.
    Adult ADHD is so fun to work around!
     
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    I'll say I am in, but I have to see if I can find something that fits the bill......
     
  25. manitoulinbound

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    That's why I figured I'd let it run til September, so we can get the whole flea market/yard sale season in. No rush!
     
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    Sounds like a cool idea. I will keep an eye out for something cool to work on.
     
  27. manitoulinbound

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    Purdy sure I found a good entry today. Seems like it's been raining every Sunday so hopefully nicer weather brings more vendors.
     
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    This sounds like fun. I love flea markets, etc... this will be great.

    I'm in.
     
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    Got out this morning to a flea market that normally sends me home with full arms and an empty pocket. Today was terrible for me. My son had a good day so it was worthwhile. We've been going to that flea market for many years and I believe it was the first time I came home empty handed.
     
  30. HannahT

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    We have an ongoing joke about our local one, that it's been the same people bringing the same junk for years :D Luckily, there's no shortage of old tools needing restored :dblthumb:
     
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    I'm going to give it a whirl, let the search begin!
     
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    Flea market sunday bump.
     
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    Hit a different flea market last Sunday. There were several vintage axes and knives that would have made great projects. Unfortunately the vendors spend too much time online where items are listed at inflated prices. I did pick up a cast iron skillet that has potential to be a good user but probably not good enough for the contest. I'll continue my quest.
     
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    Teaser pic ...

    Two finds so far to be playing with. The hammer is stamped US on the left and maybe the number 93 on the right. The bottom of the head is clearly stamped with a 4 and it weights 4lbs. ( I have a handle coming for this head) The smaller Ridgid wrench is stamped USA as well. Will give me a few restoration projects to tinker with. No good axe or hatchet head finds yet. Maybe I'll have small tools with other goodies to offer as one lot if I can't find anything more unique. Not sure if any one would even be interested in a 4lb hammer though ...

    20190622_101919.jpg

    These are just a couple possibilities - I know I'll continue to find other goodies. These may well end up on my work bench permanently ;)

    So let's see what y'all have been toying with restoring. Doesn't mean it has to be your final product for this challenge.
     
  35. HannahT

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    @Turtle Creek it's a tough choice, picking out just one tool to restore! I picked up this leather-faced hammer to do (has rubber faces right now) but I've also been considering the hatchet from the second pic. I've already had the hammer soaking in vinegar.

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  36. manitoulinbound

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    I passed up a small shingle hatchet last week but I'm sure it'll be there for a few weeks. I'm liking my original find, just hoping to build on it. Pics up soon.
     
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    Im in but everything I find so far I've needed lol
     
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    Here's a little teaser pic for part of my rest. I had an idea when I started this thread and this was the piece in was worrying about finding. Time to start the work!
    2019-07-04 04.32.36.jpg
     
  39. manitoulinbound

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    Found a bundle of goodies I've been after to complete my restore package today but a young boy and his dad scooped it up before I could put my name on it. At least it went to a good home. Back to the hunt!
     
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    You know how long I've been looking for a tip protector? I have a collapsible pole, that my late father-in-law gave me. ( He couldn't find the cover. ) If you run across another one, keep me in mind, will ya?
     
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    10 4 good buddy .
     
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    Finished the first part of my restoration package. This was the piece I was most worried about not being able to find. Didn't think to take many before pics but it wouldn't extend and the cork was all cracked. Got it loosed up and it extends to a nice 6' pole. Replaced the cork with a set I had on another pole. I've never done that before, it's pretty finicky stuff. I picked up a bag of lures that had been sitting outside for a few years so after I clean them up and find a suitable reel for restore, I'll be all set!
    2019-07-29 01.14.18.jpg
     
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    Reel found but nothing on it works right now. Elbow grease time. Still time to join in on the fun folks.
     
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