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Nigel Burgess will be selling his collection of old tools at the Maida Vale Vintage Car Boot sale on January 10, 2021.

Old tools experience rebirth in COVID times

By Sally McGlew

THE annual Maida Vale Vintage Car Boot sale has been re-scheduled to take place on January 10, 2021.

Cancelled due to unseasonal heavy rainfall, the event usually attracts more than 1500 shoppers and 80 stall holders all passionate about vintage homewares, clothing, old tools and records.

Organiser Adele Standeven said it was a tough decision to cancel the November sale, the first time its been cancelled in the sale’s five-year history.

“We moved quickly to secure another date and we had stallholders who come from country WA, so it was a tough decision to cancel due to the rain,” Ms Standeven said.

Viveash stallholder Nigel Burgess is the Treasurer of the Hand Tool Preservation Society which sells old hand tools.

The tools have experienced a strong renaissance in recent years among shoppers.

“Especially under COVID-19 times, people have been looking for new hobbies and skills and these old tools are perfect for woodturning and other woodwork,” Mr Burgess said.

He said while old tools have always been popular, they are now needed to supply old trades and hobbies in an ever-growing market for traditional forgotten crafts.

Mr Burgess said one of the Hand Tool Preservation Society’s activities is to help dispose of unwanted tools via deceased estates.

Mr Burgess said tools can be as cheap as a few dollars but most change hands in the $10 to $50 range.

“Price is determined by quality, usability or rarity,” he said.

It’s not just woodwork which is the mainstay of the buyers in the older tool market.

Mr Burgess said he also deals in vintage car tools, which are crucial for veteran car enthusiasts to complete work on their vehicles.

He said buyers include the young, the old and everyone in between.

“Collectors, designers, hoarders, and those reminiscing about their youth or honouring a family member, all love collecting these old tools.”

If Mr Burgess looks familiar you may have seen him on the TV show Desert Collector which airs on Seven Mate on Saturdays.

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