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    where are the good old tool sources in Pennsylvania?

    Planning on driving through Pennsylvania in next few weeks..
    I recall various old threads about much praise for the tool places (Vintage used or rust variety) in Pa. My SMC search did not yield much....
    Where are the really good places to be sure to see/stop....If time permits I may extend the trip up into W.Mass....I'm sure there are good sources in that area also....Thank you all in advance,
    the itinerant rust/tool hunter
    Jerry

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    PA is pretty spread out-what part are you visiting and what dates?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tony Zaffuto View Post
    PA is pretty spread out-what part are you visiting and what dates?
    Tony, dates are indefinite but probably in next 2-3 weeks..I plan to be in Central and NE Penna during that time..Possibly W.Mass later
    Jerry

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jerry Olexa View Post
    Tony, dates are indefinite but probably in next 2-3 weeks..I plan to be in Central and NE Penna during that time..Possibly W.Mass later
    If you're in the Gettysburg area, west on Route 30, one of my honey holes is the Fayetteville Antique Mall. East on Route 30 are many antique stores east and west of New Oxford. North of Lancaster and north of the Pa turnpike, is Adamstown, and more antique stores and malls then dayam near any place in the country. If coming across I-80, on the first weekend of August, at Exit 81 (Hazen), is the largest flea market in PA (Saturday and Sunday). If you past DuBois (exit 97 and 101), give me a holler and I'll give you a tour of my powder metal plant (and I may have some tools also, depending upon what you're looking for).

    I will be traveling for the next two weeks, but back in my plant on 7/23.

    Check out the Renningers flea market locations-if you travel across PA, you'll be near a few. I've searched high and low in central PA and not much out there, except in very early September, at the Nittinany Tractor Show, near State College, that has a huge flea market.
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    ++1 to what Tony said about Adamstown. The largest mall is only open on Sunday though, or at least that was the case last time I was there. If you are down that way, there are two nice multidealer shops in Morgantown, PA which is on the way to Adamstown.

    I frankly wouldn't waste my time in OH. I live here, been to just about every shop there is and all I see is rusted up, tired stuff. If time is at a premium, focus on South Central PA, you are sure to find good stuff. Others may disagree about the Buckeye State, but there are quite a few large shops near me, never found anything worth buying. Lots of cracked wooden planes, rusted up Craftsman #4s and the like if that is your cup of tea.

    You could easily spend all 8 hours in Adamstown and not see all the shops there. There is a flea market at Shupps Grove where choice fresh picking occasionally appear as well. I think that is Sunday morning as well.

    Happy Picking.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pete Taran View Post
    ++1 to what Tony said about Adamstown. The largest mall is only open on Sunday though, or at least that was the case last time I was there. If you are down that way, there are two nice multidealer shops in Morgantown, PA which is on the way to Adamstown.

    I frankly wouldn't waste my time in OH. I live here, been to just about every shop there is and all I see is rusted up, tired stuff. If time is at a premium, focus on South Central PA, you are sure to find good stuff. Others may disagree about the Buckeye State, but there are quite a few large shops near me, never found anything worth buying. Lots of cracked wooden planes, rusted up Craftsman #4s and the like if that is your cup of tea.

    You could easily spend all 8 hours in Adamstown and not see all the shops there. There is a flea market at Shupps Grove where choice fresh picking occasionally appear as well. I think that is Sunday morning as well.

    Happy Picking.
    Pete's correct, with more than one of the flea markets in Adamstown only open on Sunday (and you have to get there before daylight!). Shupp's Grove has "special weekends", with one specific to handtools, but you'll need to check their website.

    First time I was at Adamstown for a Sunday show, had to be 15 to 18 years ago. At the outside part of Renninger's, a seller had a small group of tables set up, with nothing but boxed sharpening stones. He had to have had at least 5 or 6 dozen stones, and pricing fairly low then, was not through the roof as it is today, as Norton was still supplying their Washita stone, along with other natural stones.
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    Practically every small town has one or more antique shops. The available tools are hit or miss. Some folks think their junk tools are more valuable than if they were made of precious metals.

    Drive the secondary roads instead of thruways. Route 6 is a good road for tool hunting. Just watch out for our highway greeters with tan color coats.

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    Thank you for the many good tips...I surely will go to Adamstown...Your comments are already in my trip file,
    Thanks, I'll keep reading this thread.
    Jerry

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