Friday, 1 March 2013

Pssst...Wanna Buy a Dirty Tool...

It is getting on to spring and with the warmer weather comes the Tools of the Trade Show.

I have always truly enjoyed this show and have dealt with some of the best in the vintage tool trade there every year. I expect this year will be no different.

The show is held at the Pickering Recreational Centre in Pickering, Ontario, a town located just north-east of Toronto. You can get to it along Highway 401, and if you go, you won't be disappointed. Get there early, though, as the boys line up before the 10:00 am opening time so they can get dibs on the best stuff.

It would be nice to see representatives from the likes of Jim Bode Tools fame and The Best Things, but I'm not going to hold my breath. Sadly, a lot of our American cousins that are in this business like to sell to us Canadians, but damned if they want to meet us face to face. Thankfully, Martin Donnelly of Martin J. Donnelly Antique Tools fame, never misses making the trek up here to meet and greet many of his existing customers, as well as using it to schmooze some new ones.

If you need more information or you are a dealer, the shows website is here.

Mark Sunday, April 7, 2013 on your calendar, save a few shekels for the date and get your tuches up here. It is well worth the trip.




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