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Tools of the Trade

Tools of the Trade
« on: October 03, 2013, 11:10:00 PM »
Just curious as to what "tools" everyone bring to an auction & for cleanout afterwards.  I usually carry the following:

- Surefire flashlight w/extra batteries
- 6 locks
- Swiss army knife
- Jeweler's loupe & precious metals testing kit
- Contractors trash bags
- Tool box
- Gloves
- Wet wipes
- Tape, blankets, rope

Please share if you take something I haven't mentioned!

Re: Tools of the Trade
« Reply #1 on: October 04, 2013, 05:54:44 AM »
That's a great list
I would add a good hand truck.

Re: Tools of the Trade
« Reply #2 on: October 04, 2013, 07:29:05 AM »
Wow, that's a lot of stuff. I bring 2 locks to the auction and gloves for clean out. Half the time I forget to put them on.. No flashlight.. Enough people have lights there, I just look where they're shining..

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Re: Tools of the Trade
« Reply #3 on: October 04, 2013, 11:32:55 AM »
At the auction:

Rechargeable flood light
Several locks
Navigation

At clean out:

Trash bags
Broom and dustpan (although there always seems to be one in the unit)
Dolly
2 laborers
U-Haul Truck
Box cutter
Plenty of drinks
Tie down straps
Moving Blankets
 

Re: Tools of the Trade
« Reply #4 on: October 04, 2013, 02:10:25 PM »
Truck
Flashlight
Locks
Folding Chair (For my mom who has a bad hip) funny how many people offer to rent it.

Trash Bags
Packing Blankets
Tie Down Straps
Broom
Tape (to close any boxes that may be open)
Furniture Mover

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Re: Tools of the Trade
« Reply #5 on: October 04, 2013, 05:32:31 PM »
Cheap labor from Home Depot parking lots.

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Re: Tools of the Trade
« Reply #6 on: October 05, 2013, 09:15:21 PM »
Cheap labor from Home Depot parking lots.

How much do you charge per hour?   ;D

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Re: Tools of the Trade
« Reply #7 on: October 05, 2013, 09:47:27 PM »
How much do you charge per hour?

If they're a tool to me, why would I be charging anything?

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Re: Tools of the Trade
« Reply #8 on: October 05, 2013, 10:39:46 PM »
If they're a tool to me, why would I be charging anything?

Sorry, I meant how much do they charge per hour?   ;D

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Re: Tools of the Trade
« Reply #9 on: October 06, 2013, 01:00:11 PM »
I offer $10/hr. cash each and they've always taken it.

Re: Tools of the Trade
« Reply #10 on: January 07, 2014, 12:24:18 PM »
Just thinking about how important my smart phone is to buying and especially selling.  I use quick scan and the ebay mobile app to scan bar-codes that give me immediate access to prices.
Not to mention these days I take a couple of pics and post on Facebook exchanges as I process them on site.  I have even sold some before I even get back to my storage or store.

Re: Tools of the Trade
« Reply #11 on: January 08, 2014, 04:58:44 PM »
1 each Flash light
1 each Truck
1 each Trailer
2 each Locks
2 each arms and legs

1 each wife to tell me what she wants out of the unit.

I try to keep the cost down, more profit for me...

Re: Tools of the Trade
« Reply #12 on: January 08, 2014, 11:17:30 PM »
I started keeping king sized pillow cases. No need to spend money on trash bags for things you want to go through later. Reuse them on the next one.

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Re: Tools of the Trade
« Reply #13 on: January 08, 2014, 11:32:13 PM »
My best tool has become a list of estate, yard and flea market sales !

Living within 20 miles of 6 or 7 flea markets helps with that. Picking is the new auction locker scene for me, but I still
go to maybe 6 to 10 auctions a month that are close by. I haven't bought a locker since last May I think it was (2013).

At some piece by piece auctions a good flashlight (for the times they let us walk into lockers) is the most valuable asset along with a mobile device to look up completed sales prices of similar items on eBay.




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Re: Tools of the Trade
« Reply #14 on: January 09, 2014, 10:28:31 AM »
To the auction:  Cash, flashlights, cell phone and locks

For cleanout: Truck and trailer, garbage bags, gloves, purel hand sanitizer, hand truck (maybe pallets, plastic wrap and pallet jack if it's a really big unit), knife, tape, spider strap, other assorted straps, packing blankets, empty boxes or bins if unit requires it. 


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