Collectors of Rare And Familiar Tools Society


In 1977, a small group of tool collectors formed CRAFTS, meeting informally to talk about tools. In 1980, the club was incorporated as a non-profit organization with the purpose of encouraging interest in early trades and industries and fostering the identification, study, preservation and exhibition of early tools and implements.
CRAFTS membership has grown to over 400, including many of the most knowledgeable individuals in the tool fraternity. Our journal, The Tool Shed, has achieved an enviable reputation and largely due to this, the club expanded far beyond its original borders. We include members from more than two-thirds of the States, Canada, Great Britain, Europe and as far away as Australia. We are on Facebook, too.
We welcome new members from anywhere in the world who collect, use, display, or sell early tools or implements. In other words if you collect antique should be a member of CRAFTS.


Our annual Spring Tool Auction has become a significant event in the tool marketplace, with sales exceeding $30,000. Tools are consigned by members and buying is open to the public. As almost all of the work of conducting the auction is done by member volunteers, we offer an inexpensive means of selling tools to the collecting community. The next CRAFTS Auction will be planned for April 2022.
All members receive The Tool Shed, published four times a year.
CRAFTS members are invited to meetings in High Bridge, New Jersey held the first Sunday of February, April, June and November. Invited authorities speak on tool-related subjects or demonstrate their tools. Meetings feature tool displays, a swap and sell meet, a "Whatsit" session and lots of tool talk with fellow collectors.
The fifth meeting is our Annual Fall Picnic. Every fall members get together for a great family day of good food, games, tool displays and dealer sales. It never rains on the CRAFTS picnic! However, the picnic was cancelled in 2020 due to coronavirus.
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