Welcome to this page. There is a lot of experience and hard work that has brought us to this point so let me explain briefly why we are a members-only website.
Simply to help those who back us! Nothing is free in life, this website certainly wasn’t, nor the work involved in gathering a good collection of tools for our auctions.
If access to bid a good resource of some lovely old tools isn’t worth a basic membership with a click of a button & delivered to your door, I don’t know what is.
We also run Tooltique that has been established on doing things right!
We have many happy customers and they value our knowledge & hard work. This website is an extension to that business and brings a new dimension that helps us to provide a service that a used tool dealer can’t offer.
How does that help?
Some tools are hard to buy because the seller wants close to retail prices for them. Specialised tool auctions help with this conundrum but are disappointing when it comes to more common tools in average condition.
What was needed is a combination of what a dealer can offer and what tool auctions offer.
Now with Tooltique and this website we can offer both and attracting any tool kits and tool collections with better prices for the sellers.
We want new members to help us change how old tools are presented on online auctions. We also want enhanced information with improved inspection of those old tools chosen for them.
Basic membership of £20 per year gives you two auctions per year, that’s a £10 admission fee for each auction.
Bidders get more informative images per lot, buyers can be confident they don’t need to view them in person or travel to see them in better detail. What’s that worth?
You don’t need to trawl through thousands of tool lots to find a good tool or waiting for the exact moment in which to bid in our timed auctions.
Defined three-day auction twice per year with a good selection of old tools saving you time and much effort.
Because items are sold individually this helps us build a database for members to use in the future, where they can see sold prices & compare the condition of each tool.
Eventually, members will have access to a privately owned digital database with prices, dates they sold, etc, starting with the first 300 lots added to our first antique tool auction.
As you win auction lots, your cart updates, including your chosen membership buyer’s premium.
When you have finished just checkout. No waiting for invoices to be sent etc.
Simply add your maximum bid to any lot and let the proxy auction system do the work for you.
Add lots to your watchlist and keep an eye on what interests you most.
Adding Content & Comments
I’m of the opinion that the more people learn the more they engage with something. Whilst I understand some collectors and dealers would rather keep the knowledge to themselves it’s not how it works. Knowledge is better shared to improve awareness of things that are good, this improves demand and therefore drives prices!
Members can share articles, ask and talk to each other through our forum, and comment on all the tools from our tools auctions when they learn how to do this once they have joined up.
Sometimes it’s a rarity and sometimes it’s the condition that makes a tool stand out, but occasionally it comes both at the same time.
If you are a collector of tools these tools are the holy grail of a collection. Are you really going to miss them when they come around over a small membership fee?
My name is Steve my wife is Joanne and my sons all work together full time on our old tool business. It’s often hard work, with long hours but only stressful my wife says “when I keep pushing to improve things”.
I personally like a challenge in life but I don’t do things unless I have a good reason for it, my mind then says “why & then how”.
Once I decide how and I have a good reason for why then this is the improvement aspect my wife talks about.
Developing a website isn’t a one-time act and many people don’t understand this when starting out online. I understand this website is at its sunrise state and more is needed in the future. Its capability is limitless as it has been built on solid foundations.
This won’t be a website tool collectors or buyers of quality tools will be able to ignore unless they really aren’t interested in good quality old tools.
Build it they will come as they say! Build it better and they will flock to it.