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Handyman's Used Tools and Materials

I love hardware stores and happily visit them while on vacation or at a convention. A recent vacation to Las Vegas for the National Hardware Show was a deductible way to learn about new products and techniques. A quality tool with a unique feature will get a trial. Those that are at the top of their class have a life on a basement or garage workbench. So the following pictures are of quality tools that have gotten upgraded from, or are duplicates.

Tools and Materials For Sale
The Worm Factory 360 composter uses worms to break down organic waste. Its compact design makes it perfect to use in any household.
It is easy to recycle kitchen scraps and paper into nutrient-rich fertilizer for your plants.
Managing the Worm Factory 360 takes less than 15 minutes a week. Add worms and your organic waste to the bottom tray. Once that tray is filled add another. The worms migrate upward leaving their compost behind. It works year-round inside or outside.
The finished compost can be used on any plants.
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  • Compact and expandable up to trays
  • US made high quality post consumer recycled plastic
  • Choice of color: Black, green, terracotta
  • Create compost year-round, indoors and out
  • 10 year limited warranty
  • Odor free operation
  • Houses thousands of worms that consume pounds of waste per week
What's Included
  • "Quick Tips" instructions on lid
  • Improved base and lid design for better air circulation
  • Comprehensive instruction booklet
  • 4 chapter DVD guide for beginners
  • Start-up worm bedding
  • Accessory kit includes: thermometer, hand rake, and scraper
  • Built in leachate (liquid fertilizer) collector tray and spigot for easy draining
  • Glacial rock dust
Technical Details/Specifications
  • Shipping size: 18" x 18" x 15"
  • Full expansion: 18" x 18" x 24"
  • Shipping weight: 13 Pounds
  • UPC: 043433944602
  • SKU: WF360 Green
  • Our Price: $109.95 Buy This Now
  • Shipping size: 18" x 18" x 15"
  • Full expansion: 18" x 18" x 24"
  • Shipping weight: 13 Pounds
  • UPC: 043433944503
  • SKU: WF360 Black
  • Our Price: $109.95 Buy This Now
  • Shipping size: 18" x 18" x 15"
  • Full expansion: 18" x 18" x 24"
  • Shipping weight: 13 Pounds
  • UPC: 043433944701
  • SKU: WF360 Terra
  • Our Price: $109.95 Buy This Now
  • "It's a wonder using the Worm Factory to teach kids that most of what they have in life can be recycled." -- Susan W., Poplar Road Elementary
  • "This product is a wonderful addition to anyone practicing organic gardening. The worm castings are easy to harvest and are a priceless addition to flower pots." -- Gretchen B., National Gardening Club
  • "Absolutely no smell or mess. I have mine in the kitchen! It's great to have the worms at work all winter in NE New York, and not have to schlep the compost to the pile, awaiting the spring thaw. I love this product!" -- K. Kotarski, National Gardening Club
  • "I have had the product working for a couple of months now and love it. Based on design, ease of use and appearance, I have recommended this product to several fellow gardeners. I have always thought I did a good job recycling and composting, but this has raised that to a new level and I now use items such as newspaper and paper towels for my worms that would either been recycled or thrown in the trash. Coming up with food "recipes" is quite fun." -- Sue F.

Companion Products / Accessories
Essential for worm composting
Extra trays
Increase your production by expanding your number of processing trays
Ideal worm bedding
Ideal worm bedding
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Escape From the Landfill: Cat Litter Containers
Keeping in mind the importance of being green, I have repurposed cat litter buckets that can be used for storing rock salt, play sand, indoor plants, or anything else you need to store for easy access. These containers have nice artwork stickers (sold separately for $6 each) to cover the original cat litter verbiage and provide a more pleasing design.
Price: $8.00.
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Half Round Window Covers
These covers for half round windows are temporary and removable. Having them custom-made and installed would cost hundreds of dollars each. Our much more affordable options are made using temporary vinyl window coverings from the box stores and have been in use for at least four years. These window covers reduce middle-of-summer heat gain but do not block out all the light. When winter comes or if you want to let in evening light during warmer times of year, the covers are easy to remove.
Price: $49 each
$125 to measure, deliver, and install.
Windows pictured are 38 inches in diameter (19 inches tall). When closed, the covering sits on the sill and is 1.5 inches by 1.5 inches by 18.5 inches.
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Vintage Leather Shop collection from the '70s

Everything you'd need, including the hides and tutorials, to start and run a custom leather shop!

One of the college dorms ran leather workshops next to the ceramics studio. I picked up the craft and made a living selling belts, purses, hats, wristbands, and a few garments. The money was in making and selling belts and wristbands with a name. Carving purses and bags was the artistic side, but the time required for the detail that makes a fine bag didn't pay the rent. Cash in the pocket didn't last long in those days, but Tandy Leather was located between work (Village Cab Company in Oak Park) and home. I'd buy a leather stamp or carving guide that I didn't have so that someday I may create thousands of quality leather items. Turning a hobby into a business was not the end of the rainbow; the real job(s) lasted decades. The hobby came back every holiday season as special-order named belts and wristbands meant very good cheer for both customers and myself for decades. In the '90s the new hobby became home repair, and those tools and materials squeezed the leather shop into boxes. I'd pull things out occasionally to rivet a carpenter's tool pouch or add a hole in a belt (too much of the latter going on). Then one day I went by and thought I heard the tools calling me. When I opened the box they said, "Help! We're trapped in here and want to be used! Find us someone who will appreciate our quality and vintage character!"

So, the leather workshop is for sale.

Most of the items are still available at Tandy Leather. The following categories at Tandy have many items that are in my collection:

  • Lacing
  • Leather
  • Leathercraft Books
  • Leathercraft Patterns
  • Leathercraft Projects
  • Hardware
  • Stamps
  • Tools

More than half of the stamps, tools, or craftaids, as well as DIY tutorials that worked as a '70s version of YouTube are here waiting for the next leather craftsman.

Retail value of this collection is in the $6k - $7k range.