When I was a kid, my Dad took me to the flea market pretty regularly, and we used to paw through hundreds of boxes of tools searching for stuff that’d work well at home. In fact, my first Craftsman toolkit came entirely from the flea market. Sure, you can take ’em back for replacement, but for some reason I’ve never needed to.
On a recent trip to the “dirt mall” here in the Dallas/Ft. Worth, TX area, I discovered that most of the vendors now want premium money (read: new price) for any “lifetime warranty” tools, and subsequently their selection seems to be pretty stifled. I do, however, have a Porter Cable PortaBand that came from the flea market.
I know some of you are shrewd bargain seekers. What do you look for at the flea market now, tool-wise?