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What is the best way to locate old farm scales?

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Old farm scales of a wide variety are most prominently available on Ebay and Etsy. Scales available on these sites range from large grain scales to table-top kitchen scales and mercantile scales.

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Though you might find antique farm scales locally at any antique shop, you should begin your search for antique farm scales at www.collectorsweekly.com/tools-and-hardware/scales, where Collectors Weekly not only offers extensive information about antique scales but also links to scales currently for sale. Though a variety of scales could be considered antique farm scales, the antique grain scale is more closely correlated with the farm than any other. Both Etsy and Ebay offer a wide range of scales, including a large selection of grain scales. However, Kijiji has the largest selection of refurbished and untouched grain scales in addition to a large swath of beam scales, table-top scales, mercantile scales and cart scales. Refurbished scales are, however, considerably more expensive. It is also important to consider that accuracy should not be expected from an antique scale. Not only has technology improved since these old scales were first fabricated, but they tend to become even less accurate over time and restorations often focus on the antique as ornamental. They are also difficult to ship.

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