I was lucky enough to spend the morning at the Lau Garage Sale.It was really something looking through a 70 year collection of T parts. It was basically a "You name it they have it" kind of a deal, from Brass Era through Black Era. I was able to purchase a few NOS items, a box of 10 Champion X spark plugs, stock nickel radiator cap, jack and a choice late 3 piece coil box lid. I have a 1925 Tudor so nothing fancy. I felt prices were a little on the high side on some things but reasonable on others. All in all it was a great experience.
Anything left for the Sunday sale?
I thought the Lau sale was really well run by David, crew and the Lau family. Lots of bargains and some high prices but all in all a very fair sale.. I bought a pan jig at a very fair price. There is still lots left and David said he will deal as there object is to get it all sold. Also saw lots of old friends. I'd say as a whole the format worked very well.
I plan on going back tomorrow to see what's left, might pick up a few more items we'll see.
It is great to hear initial reports that it went well after having to read months of speculation of how it would go. Even better that some items found good homes.
Would love to see pictures and more stories.
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I was debating as late as yesterday about buying the last available plane ticket from Great Falls; finally decided not to go. I hadn't been planning to go then thought I might. I had a commitment this morning in Great Falls but could have flown out at 2:50, stayed over for tomorrow, came home Monday, etc. Flight, room, rent a car, have to ship anything you buy, may not be able to get in anyway, decided not to do it. I looked through what pictures there were on facebook and the prices posted there and decided against a $1000 trip. Sounds like it wasn't the cluster a lot of people were saying it was going to be. "There is lots left." Hmmmmmmmmmmmm. Never know how it's going to go beforehand, do you?
It was a great event. I bought some things I needed, some things I wanted and some stuff that was just really cool. There was certainly a great selection of parts but what impressed me the most (and got most of my money!) were the collectibles, signs, toys, etc. Saw a lot of old friends I have not seen in a long time. Events like this tend to bring a lot of collectors out of hiding. I think the event was extremely well attended and organized. David Charvet and his crew did an amazing job with this sale. I certainly would not hesitate to drive 14 hours again to attend another one of his sales!!!
Stan, you made the right decision not to come for Sunday, there was not a lot of carbs there, and most are gone. The only one I bought was a 1913 two screw holley for $90.00. My best buy was a one piece oil pan for less then 10 cents on the dollar. I think Keith Townsend has some pictures, maybe he will post them.
I had a great time!
Some prices were high, some were super deals. I think everyone came home with a few treasures. I found some tools for my 1911, engine dust shields, transmission door cover, and a few other doo-dads.
I was great to see some old friends and meet some friends face to face.
Here is Larry "Original" Smith
Bruce Spainhower and Jim Gordon pause for a snapshot.
Kim Dobbins and Davis Aschbacher check out coils.
I finally met Richard Gould face to face.
I saw Tom Carnege's name on the list, but didn't meet him.
After the sale, Larry, Kim & Ken Jones came over to my place to check out the 1911.
We went for a quick gas lamp drive around the block...
Then met up with Bruce, David, and Mark Hogland at Tad's Chicken & Dumplings for dinner.
I looked for a few items for a couple of guys, but either items were sold, or the simply were not there.
All in all, it was a great day of friends and Model T stuff. It just doesn't get any better.
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Sounds like a good time was had by all. Hard to tell from the photos but it doesn't look like the crowd was as big as had been speculated. Two or three of the people I talked to figured they might not even be able to get in after driving for a day or two.
People started lining up Wednesday. I got there about 7am this morning and was #26 in line. By the time it was 9am and they opened the gates there were 60+ people there. I left about noon, and will go back tomorrow to see if there are any screamin' deals.
So I was wrong. I thought everybody in the Rose City T club would be there and a couple hundred more T people from around the country waiting to get in. I talked to a friend in Idaho last night and he told me he figured they would have "two or three hundred people" all trying to get in since there was flathead Ford stuff and Model A stuff in the photos. Never know do you? I'll bet there are some bargains tomorrow unless a few people really loaded up today. If there were 15,000 items and 60 people............... too much math for me.
Do you know what those mostly repop Pasco wheels sold for??
250 items per person.
I wish I could have gone, but would have to have spent all my model T parts money on gas. Guess I'll just have to keep perusing eBad for the few small pieces I need.
Thanks all for the reports and photos! Still looking forward to more.
Drive carefully, and enjoy, W2
I stopped on Friday on my way home and talked to a few of the guys waiting for the sale to start. Was driving my T. Had a funeral to go to on Saturday so could not make it. Don't think I will get over today and it's less then 3 miles from my home.
What were some examples of high prices, and what were some examples of bargains?
High: a very used brass radiator for $600
Bargain: an NOS New Day in the box for $10
Went back today for a few more things that were 1/2 price. Mostly things I didn't need, but was too good of a deal to walk away.
Loco Larry showed up today and had a shopping basket full of transmission drums and triple gears.
Around 11:00 the skies opened up and the rain started coming down. I left about noon. I heard that more stuff came down from the garage attic after that!
Thanks, Dave for a good sale!
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I drove from Vancouver B.C. 1000 kilometers and it was worth every minute. I have never seen so many parts, 30 plus crankshafts ( why would he have so many), several early transmission assemblies, I purchased one for $300 but it was in good condition. There was a great selection of brass side lamps and I was looking for an early driver's side E&J to match the passenger side I have now I have a left and right set. The chap at the border was most friendly and let us pass through. Both border officers asked how I got notification of the sale, I fortunately had the current Vintage Ford Magazine and showed them the ad. This seemed like an odd concern but I had a premonition and brought the magazine with me. Great show. Some prices were high but the quality was good. Icing on the cake, I stopped at the Tulalip Casino on the way home and won $1000.
I was there until they closed on Sunday. I bought the radiator that Bruce mentioned for 100, it's a pretty nice original. My friend David and I got to go up in the attic after most people had left and got lots of small parts many of which were nos. my truck is load, probable about 2000 lbs of parts . A great sale, Fred's family seemed quite happy with the results.
Note to Keith Townsend - Your headlights look great....all lit up and nice and bright!
The other Keith
Seeing the pictures of all that rusty gold makes my mouth water . If anyone picked up a gooseneck intake manifold or maybe a tapered -hole transmission cover for a 1911 . I am getting a complete engine over hall as we speak . I would like to have them in place . So if have any extras I would like to buy them . Perry Goble e-mail wpgoble@hotmail or 512 756 0622 Burnet Tx
I found some good stuff, and I'm happy I flew up. Kim is hauling some of it back for me. I'm sure happy about that. There were parts for all, and I'm happy with what I bought. Examples are old stock Scandinavia band lining for $10 per box! I bought a NOS '24-5 radiator apron for $20. I could go on forever, but I'll stop. Keith had three of us to his house after the sale on Saturday, pictures above, and we all went to dinner that night at Tads Chicken and Dumplings for dinner. That place is a local landmark. A great time was had by all, and I'm happy to have gone.
I wonder what will happen with all the stuff that didn't sell?
Stan - Neil Tuckett should have come over from England to negotiate for everything that was left! He has been known to do that at Chickasha. My son and I visited him a couple years ago on our England trip. I think Royce Peterson has visited Neil at the "Tuckett Brothers" establishment in England too. Anyway, Neil told me when I met him again at Chickasha that he buys whatever is left at our biggest swap meet and loads it all into an intermodal container and ships it back to England. His explanation to me boiled down to this,........."our English "rust" is much worse than your American "rust" and our "T" guys in Great Britain will practically fight over this stuff"!
On behalf of the Lau family, THANK YOU to everyone who attended the sale of Dave and Fred's collection(s). I'm attaching a few photos of the "before and after."
We had people waiting in line from Wednesday on, and opened the doors on Saturday with about 60 in-line. Despite all of the dire predictions here on the forum, I expected about this number. Throughout the two days, however, over 600 persons passed through the doors and sales were VERY brisk. Great, summer weather on Saturday and since we offered "something for everyone", on Sunday about 10:00am the skies opened up and he had a Northwest re-creation of Hershey. Of course, 90% of the items were indoors in the two garages on the Lau property, so shopping was pleasant.
On Sunday, everything was 25%-50% off the marked prices,so many great deals were made (just ask Kim Dobbins, Larry Blair and Mark Hoglund!) We had buyers from California, Minnesota, Florida, Canada and all points in-between.
In answer to the question about what is happening with the few remaining items: we have had several offers to purchase everything remaining, so most likely those items will make it back to the marketplace.
Again, thanks to everyone who attended, and for all of the comments from those who missed it.
Charvet Classic Cars
for the Lau family.
A few "before" photos:
The "Wednesday Waiters":
Moments before opening on Saturday:
"After" Sunday afternoon:
Sorry I did not get more pictures of the parts garage. I now some others did, as shown above, and there may be some more that will be posted.
I went back on Sunday also and picked up a NOS 24- 25 taillight-license plate bracket with near perfect period celluloid lens insert for $20.00. I also bought the anti-theft wheel/tire lock for half off of the listed price. Still a little high but the condition is superb. I just couldn't leave without it.
Among other items, I was lucky enough to purchase the two open valve engines, an 09-10 square hole transmission cover, a pre 13 frame and early radius rods. I had a great time with friends and saw a lot of early stuff.
It sound's happy happy happy! The people who posted here sound happy so as long as the owners are happy good!!