How to Sell Your Tools You No Longer Need

Having a complete arsenal of woodworking tools is a great thing. This only means that you can easily grab something whenever you need it, no fuss, no hassle! Through the years, however, you may have become an expert in purchasing tools, which means that your arsenal may now contain duplicate woodworking tools. Just like other types of tools and equipment, woodworking tools also depreciate in functionality through time, especially if you do not use it as often as needed.

The solution? Selling it to another woodworker who would appreciate its presence. Yes, you may have developed that sense of attachment to your tools, but really, you are just doing them a favor by letting them go. However, where should you start? This guide will teach you the steps on how to sell your tools you no longer need. At the end of the day, you are not just cleaning up your work shop, but you are also doing a favor to other woodworkers who may be looking for the tools that you no longer need.

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Step 1: Gather all the tools you no longer need

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First things first. You have to identify the tools that you need versus the tools that you want to let go. This is quite easy if you only have a few tools in your work shop. However, it can be quite challenging if you have a lot of them, and you have to sort through their quality in order to see whether or not they are still fit for selling.

You may have your own reasons for selling. Regardless of these reasons, you definitely have to make sure that the tools are still in good condition. If they need cleaning, do so. After all, you can price a tool better if they are worth the price.

Step 2: Decide “how” you will sell your tools

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After identifying the “what” (or items) to sell, the next thing that you need to give consideration is “how” to sell them. You may want to include them in your garage sale at home, or choose modern methods such as selling them online. The latter is a very effective way of selling used tools. All you have to do is to take some pictures of your tools, give them descriptions, and post them online. Make sure that you have enough time for answering inquiries, and processing shipment because your audience online can be woodworkers who do not live near your area.

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Step 3: Put a price on each item

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Pricing your tools can be quite difficult, especially if you have not tried selling before. At the same time, the price can also be dependent on several factors, such as the length of time you have used it, its current condition, as well as its original price. Check out this guide on how to price your used tools, as well as this article in order to get an idea on how to put a price on your used woodworking tools.

Step 4: Sell them!

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Now that everything is set up, you can now start selling your used tools. Again, the goal here is not just to earn money out of your tools (though it can also be a huge factor in the game), but also to help other woodworkers pursue their craft even better. Regardless of the methods you choose for selling, planning accordingly will make sure of the success of your endeavor.


Indeed, selling your used tools is not a bad thing after all! In fact, if you look at it positively, you are even doing other people, woodworkers in particular, a favor. By keeping the items that you only need, you are also making sure that you can give enough attention to them, giving them enough “working” time. As a bonus, you are also earning money from the things you do not really need.

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  • August 27, 2017
  • DIY