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Beginning the 2nd Friday of October each year and running for 10 consecutive days, Parke County, Indiana holds their annual Covered Bridge Festival. This little county of ~18,000 has and maintains 31 covered bridges, proclaims itself as the "Covered Bridge Capitol of the World" and is home to the single largest Festival held in Indiana. In the festival's heyday, estimated crowds for the ten day run were in the 1-1.5M range with people traveling from all over to attend. Some of the covered bridges are located in or very near extremely small communities. At least two of the communities still have operating mills powered by water wheels. You can learn more HERE During the festival, these small communities swell in size and commerce with vendors selling everything imaginable including many hand-crafted items. In addition, access roads to, from & near these areas often have fields, lots etc. where vendors gather. Large garage, barn, and yard sales are also the norm. However, the last 4 or 5 years it seems the popularity has waned somewhat. While I don't venture into the mass gatherings every year like I once did...(LOTS & LOTS of walking plus the traffic on narrow 2 lane highways, very narrow & winding county roads and even some gravel), I do attend some of the flea markets closer to home and along the main route (US 41). While I didn't take any pictures of the markets, below are the items I saved by paying their ransom. The ratcheting spiral screwdriver is a GlobeMaster (Made in Japan). For those who have been around the block a few times, you probably recall seeing GlobeMaster Tools at your local hardware, lumber yard, farm supply store and even in the aisles of some grocery stores from the late 1950's to the mid/late 1970's. The tools were knock-offs at the time, usually in a bin or rack with signage GLOBEMASTER. Anyways, this spiral is very similar to the Stanley it mimicked. The #2 straight bit would interchange with the Stanley's. I'm guessing this one is late 60's to early 70's. Marked a buck and was in the $1 bin pile. On the left (red) is a Millers-Falls No 100 (aka Buck Rogers), push drill. Also in the $1 bin as was the (black) Millers-Falls No 188A. The top plane (bottom in pic above) is marked BL, but may be a Dunlap, or Millers-Falls thumb plane similar to the Stanley 101?? It has some heft to it. The bottom (top above) is marked 102 and I immediately assumed a Stanley 102. It's identical to the Stanley 102 and the Defiance 102 (made by Stanley) I have...but.?.? ... the blade is marked "Lakeside." From what I know, Stanley made a line of planes for Montgomery Ward identified as "Lakeside." The thumb plane has only some surface rust on the body but the sole needs some work. The Lakeside (102) needs a soaking in Evap-O-Rust, probably a re-paint and sole work. Edges aren't to bad; neither appear to have been resharpened; a good soak in Evap-O-Rust, then we'll go from there. The 100 needs some TLC. I know thereis at least one bit in the handle; maybe more, but the body is stuck and it will not rotate. Worse than the one I bought last year. It's soaking now. The 188A needs TLC too, however, I did get it disassembled (I'll post a How-To/Refurb thread on both soon). There were no bits with it. It appears to have been disassembled before. The chuck jaws are missing the the return spring but I think I can match something up. The guy had $10/each on the planes and a $1/ea for the drills & screwdriver. He came down to $15 for the two planes + the $3 on the others. I offered $15 for the lot...he took it. Next up, different vendor, were these four treasures. Prices marked were not what I paid. As marked, total is $15...I paid $7.50 Sorry pictures is a bit fuzzy; middle item above is an Irwin 900 screw starter. Should clean-up nice. The two spiral, ratcheting screwdrivers taped together. The 133H is a North Bros, but after Stanley acquired their business. Just a later version of the 33H. Works fine and has an original #2 bit, albeit a bit chipped on the tip. Yep, the North Bros. Mfg. No 33H has the shaft broken. What remains is bent. IDK, someone must have used it as a jack handle. What a shame. This pre-dates Stanley's acquisition of North Bros. Note: Patent Pending in picture above. This is one of the earliest North Bros. Yankee Handyman tools of this type. Oh, well, it was worth 50 cents. The ratchet works...I may try to swap with the 133H And finally...a Taintor Mfg. Co, Positive No. 7, 5 position Saw Set in excellent condition with minor surface rust. The (P) in Positive sort of disappears due formed hole in the handle for a spring seat. Hard to see all here but marked with five Patent Dates beginning May 5, 91; May 24, 92; Jun 18, 93; Oct 23, 1900; July 30, 1907 Better here... It all works. Anvil is in great shape. I just need a good saw vise and oh, a lighted magnifier, then maybe I can tune up some saws. I'll practice on some old beaters first. Well, there you have it. Another Covered Bridge Festival pick in the books. A side note: I typically make a couple of trips but this year other commitments and the weather was less than favorable. Cold, rain and the last weekend we had the 60+ mph winds. Most probably packed up their tents & trailers before then. I went on Wednesday, a sunny day, cool, but comfortable...two days after the rain. I've gone to this site for years now. The total number of vendors were down 30-40% over previous years. Some had already left, others had items out, but covered with tarps and no one attending the space. A few of the long time vendors were not present this year either. It used to be a mecca pick site depending on how much you wanted to spend...Not so the past couple of years. Times have changed. I probably have too. Thanks for looking. I'll post some pictures once all have been reconditioned...may be next spring or summer though.
From mid summer to recent when I'm in the Emerald City and as time allows, I try to stop by Habitat for Humanity Restore and a few of the indoor flea markets...Below is stuff that followed me to my truck. As always, keep your arms & legs inside the ride at all times and be sure your safety harness is buckled. No Smoking is allowed and you must be 18 to enter or accompanied by an adult. This offer is not valid in all areas. If you call now we'll double your order, just pay a separate fee. Immediately discontinue use and contact your doctor if a rash appears or you have trouble breathing. Some restrictions apply and never feed the animals. Restrooms are on the right. In the unlikely event we have to abandon ship please make sure you are wearing clean underwear. Thank-you for using our services. We hope you had an enjoyable experience. Please take time to fill out the survey at the end. Left over projects from the old HD Kid's Workshop they used to hold on Saturday mornings. (2) of each, Toolbox & Sail Boat. Hopefully my two grandsons can help me assemble these next spring/summer Cost me 50 cents/each Local flea market...Craftsman Marking Gauge complete with blue marking chalk dust. Circa 1960's...How much was it? It you answered $2.14 you are correct. State of Indiana gets their 7%. It was only a buck...'er buck o seven. Any markings & etchings eroded away. Surprisingly, it's nearly dead on at 6" I'm thinking a Stanley but ???? This was after I had buffed off the worst of the rust. 25 cents each, scale not included...only for demonstration purposes; finials are white oak I had to dig deep for these treasures. The two reamers, center punch which appears to be a reground broken pin punch, the 6 (no name) and 10 (Irwin) and the old rubber band totaled 50 cents The ratcheting screwdriver,no name, but marked Made in USA (maybe a Dunlap) also 50 cents. The (3) countersinks + the rubber band another 50 cents. 2/3 never used or minimal. The other, maybe it will work in wood or plastic. Cornucopia of treasures between a flea market & H4H Restore. Biscuits, 10 cents/container; miter gauge marked $2; 50 cents; large zip-tye bundle 10 cents; collet wrench-quarter, 1/4"-1/2" tap t-handle 50 cents' 1/4" chuck key, dime, large pencil boxes, new (6 total) 50 cents/ea, Stanley Handyman ratcheting screwdriver w/ #2 bit, missing cap, 50 cents; brown jersey gloves, priceless; that & they were from home inventory Craftsman BS Blade, NIP, marked $3; discount orange tag made it $1 Quarter/each Little 6" tri-square before picks; Two more 12" combo squares; blue head one is a Stanley 46-222; circa late 1970's-1980's; other Made in USA; Combo squares have been re-conditioned & will be appearing in a separate thread coming soon to your neighborhood. Price what you see is it not counting Indiana's 7% "finders fee." Didn't need them that's for sure...probably should seek counseling or something. (2) 11/32 x 1/4" dr shallow sockets (those were for my brother he lost his) and 1/4" x 10mm shallow (for me in my spare collection) & what turned out to be a Sargent Block plane but it looks almost identical to Dunlap block; dime each for the sockets, quarter for the Craftsman ignition wrench and a buck for the plane. Cast know is broken; slightly different than the Dunlap...maybe an older version??? Dunlap on the right. It's been in the re-furb shop for some time...one of these days??? Could be twins. Yes that is 30o on the Dunlap iron. You don't want to hear why? I won't make the same mistake on the Sargent. Well probably not. Yeah, I bought another one of these B&D's...I'm up to an embarrassing number now. Is was missing the chuck key which I had; buffed the rust off the chuck for the photo shoot. Came with the 7/32" bit...it needs sharpened; Thorsen combination box end wrench belonged to my grandfather. I've had it over 50 years. 3/8" single speed; still needs dis-assembled, gear head cleaned, grease replaced, but works great. A whole lot of spindles and such...25 cent/bag. I think 29 bags total Couple more pencil boxes...Grandson's each got one (not pictured) to start school. O yeah, a Disston 12" back saw...thought I took a picture of the saw, but just the tag...saw is a little rough, needs cleaned and sharpened...$1...pictures in the next episode of Poor Man's Pickings. Well there you have it...keeps me off the golf course, out of bars, jail and money, but hey, somebody's got to do it. Until next time...Y'all hurry back now. Ya hear? And don't forget boys & girls, mail in your box tops along with $99.99 and receive a box of genuine, farm fresh, sawdust where you can make your own chip board. Some assembly required. Wood glue not included. Oh yeah...Survey! What survey? We don't need no stinking survey!