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What to do with a cooler full of old bolts/miscellaneous screws hardware?

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Received this from a friend of mine who closed his mustang shop several years ago. He would throw all the old hardware into this cooler and then root through it when he needed some hard to find fastener. Ive had it for over 15 years and have decided its time to just get rid of it.
It goes against my nature to just dump it so im wondering if anyone has a better idea? This is not a pristine collection of hardware...think of your grandfather’s junk drawer in steroids... still, there may be some small hard to find jewels in there which someone may be looking for.
Any ideas? Its gotta weigh over #150 lbs or so...again, i gate throwing old stuff away...even if its just a bunch of bolts.
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How about this, cast an epoxy table top and dump them in the mix to make a cool shop or bbq table.
Of course, while sitting at it you would see that perfect clip you needed the week before...
THAT is a great idea...and hilarious! Because that’s exactly what would happen, seeing the clip im looking for, encapsulated in epoxy!
 

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One man's trash is another man's treasure. I would say if you have to get rid of it, throw it in your local classifieds if it's cheap or free to do so. Due to the weight, shipping it would be a no go unless you split into small lots.

Cleaned out my dad's garage, my sister posted "free stuff" with a picture of random lumber, hardware, extra tools, parts, ya know, Garage clutter, in the front yard. Only took a few hours and it was pretty much all scooped up.

On the other hand, is this all factory Ford hardware? A mix of any make automotive hardware or generic store bulk hardware?

To someone it's worth something regardless of what it is, for example I recently paid $20 for a box of used factory hardware from someone who was tearing down a 289. Carb studs & nuts accessory bolts, valve covers, oil pan, I&E manifolds, pretty much everything but the head bolts.

Will come in handy when I get all the parts i'm searching for to assemble the D code I'm trying to piece together.
Not certain if everything is Ford factory hardware but the majority is. There’s probably enough to completely fill 10-15 Folgers cans but i just dont need it lying around anymore. I may have dumped out a few times to hunt for something but it was a pita to clean up afterwards....
 
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