This uncaptioned photo from a recent post deserves some explanation:
What you're looking at, is what my Sister-in-Law correctly identified as the infamous Clock Parts!
My grandfather owned a clock store, and the story went that when he and my Grandma moved to Rochester, they boxed up his store and moved it with them. The result was that for years, we talked about the Clock Parts in their basement.
We referred to them often enough that it became a sort of short hand for something that sounded valuable, but to the average person it wasn't really. Something like:
"For Chanukah, Grandpa's going to buy me a car. But Don't worry, I'm sure he'll let you have some clock parts!"
On this last visit, for the first time in my life, I got a peek into my Grandparent's basement storage unit. Sure enough, there are boxes and boxes worth of clock related items (including tools, manuals, clock oil, etc.)! Here's two more samples:
Sure, a clock or watch repair person could get a lot of use out of these parts. But the crafter in me imagines that you could power an entire etsy store from jewelry and other items made from these parts.
So what do you say, know anyone who could use a lifetime supply of clock innards? Seriously, let me know, I can get a you a terrific price.