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02-05-2019 12:52 AM

I’m going to Holland and Germany next week for work. I might have some time to hit tool stores and/or antique stores. Anything I should be on the lookout for? Anything I might be able to get cheaper in Europe?

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#1 posted 02-05-2019 02:00 AM

have loose change, public toilets are pay toilets, just like our airports used to be back in the 1960’s.

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#2 posted 02-05-2019 04:17 AM

flea markets can be pure gold … depends on the city

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#3 posted 02-05-2019 06:01 AM

I hear they wear wooden shoes in Holland. Make sure you only buy the ones made from Alder.

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#4 posted 02-05-2019 06:15 AM

I picked up a set of 2 Cherries Chisels when I was there a few years ago and a few other odds and ends in some small shops. Berlin, Hamburger and Lubeck, never made it farther south where they are actually made.

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#5 posted 02-05-2019 08:43 AM

Anything I should be on the lookout for?
Anything I might be able to get cheaper in Europe?

- bdresch

Holland biz trip = Coy way of not telling boss I am going to Amsterdam to party till I can’t see straight.

Watch out for wonderful beer.
It has higher alcohol content that wimpy US brews; and it is very easy to forget how to get home after a few liters.
Note that Netherlands train schedule(s) drop to zero after midnight, and you easily get stuck needing a $100+ taxi ride back to hotel. Make sure to put business card from your hotel in several different pockets, so you can hand it taxi driver and mumble take me home and point to card before you pass out. Major German cities have more activity and most have trains running during the overnight. DAMHIK

IME – Not much in Europe is cheaper than US. USA is full of experts at importing at lowest prices. Plus retail price, is retail price everywhere. By time you add cost of money conversion, most durable goods cost about same here as buying there; plus you have deal VAT reimbursement or you will pay up to 25% more than in USA. Be sure to research VAT tax before you leave.

Only bargains I managed to find were mfg seconds from company outlet store(s). These are only open during business hours, and can be very hard to sneak them into business trip?

Most of the popular advertised flea markets are full of over priced stuff for tourists. Can be hard to find smaller rural flea markets with out a local guide. Your time of visit is middle of winter? Netherlands is normally hovering ~5-8C (Freezing or just below at night) this time of year. Doubt you will find any of outdoor flea markets active.

About the only thing I found cheaper in Europe than US are things grown on local farms. Beer, wine, local cheeses, etc. Many of the best inexpensive foodstuffs are also not exported, so be sure to try new things. The non-export white wines from Germany are not usually treated with sulfates, which offers much fresher flavors; which is something you will never see in USA imported versions.

Sorry I can’t help with WW suggestions.

Enjoy your trip.

-- I'm an engineer not a woodworker, but I can randomly find useful tools and furniture inside a pile of lumber!

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#6 posted 02-05-2019 12:08 PM

Anything to look for? BEER

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#7 posted 02-05-2019 12:44 PM

Look out now!

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#8 posted 02-05-2019 03:02 PM

lookout for the holland police

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#9 posted 02-05-2019 03:15 PM

Well, you can look and see what you may want and not have to pay shipping, like on here
ECE planes etc.
Not sure what cities you are going to, so I can’t make any specific recommendations other than that.

Also, if you are a Festool guy, there are things you can get over there that they can’t sell in the US, like the table saw attachement to turn the tracksaws into portable table saws, etc.

BTW, save all your receipts so you can refund the 20% VAT when you leave.

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#10 posted 02-05-2019 09:39 PM

I was stationed in Germany for three years and one of our favorite antique markets was in Tongren Belgium. It happens every Sunday morning in the city center. You can google map it for directions. It’s where I got my Stanley 5 1/2 Jack plane that I use on a regular basis. The guy that sold it to me was a regular participant and always has some great old world wood working tools around. Fair warning, I left Germany a little over ten years ago, so you might want to research before just jumping off and heading that way.

-- Larry A. - I've made a small fortune with my woodworking. The trouble is, I started with a large fortune.

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#11 posted 02-06-2019 11:22 AM

Gedore Tools are a good deal they are the German equivalent to Snap-on.

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