This Auction Was Rare as Ever There Was!


| January/February 1991



302 Highland Avenue, Plentywood, Montana 59254.

I went to the darndest auction sale that ever was!

This old fellow ran a repair shop, was a very good mechanic, and enjoyed a very good business. The sale was a two-day (9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.) affair. He never threw anything away.

The first day was the shop related 'stuff.' I bought what I thought were new spark plugs-but upon examination, they were USED plugs carefully wrapped in the wax paper and put back in the boxes. Also, bearings were wrapped in the original wax paper, and you felt they were never opened until you opened them and saw what you had. Paints, condensers, brushes, etc. had a note on the boxes declaring 'can be used some more.'

I counted six ring compressors. There had to be several of everything. There were many tool boxes with tools that had never been taken out of the shipping box; half a dozen floor jacks; three cherry pickers; three or four welders; three electric welders, a circa 1930 light plant that had never been out of the crate; a magnet charger never used.

Well, to keep this short, he had every machine and tool you can get for a shop, and lots of duplicates. There was a semitrailer 40 feet long, solid with small engines. I don't think there was a good one in the lot!