Inaugural Tool Auction Draws New Homeowners and Tool Collectors

Going once . . . Going twice . . .

Lauri Luteri

Lauri Luteri and Chad Busse

Hundreds of tools used in everything from gardening to carpentry, home repairs to construction, were displayed and sold Saturday at the Mount Prospect Historical Society’s inaugural “Totally Tools” auction held in the Saint Paul Lutheran School gymnasium in Mount Prospect. 

The auction and sale, along with a simultaneous tasting of local craft beers from Only Child Brewing Company in Gurnee and a sampling of barbeque from T Bob’s Barbeque in Des Plaines, was held to raise funds, appropriately, for the  Society’s restoration of the 1896 Central School.

New homeowners were able to take advantage of some great deals on both gently used and new tools and collectors snapped up some fascinating old tools which were donated, including a hand plow used in gardening, hand drills, scythes, planes and even a snow rake that was used to clear snow from roofs.

Some were sold via a live auction while others were purchased from cash and carry tables.

“It was a great event which we hope to refine and possibly repeat periodically in the future,” said Chad Busse, chairman.

Sponsors for the event were the Illinois Barbeque Society, Robert Bosch Tool Corporation, Only Child Brewing Company and Busse Automotive.

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