I bought an antique-- and yes, I mean antique, not simply old-- black grandfather clock at a yard sale. The clock was well over a hundred years old and while it had been kept in good condition for a long time according to the owner, the clock had been stored in a barn for a number of years before the owner decided to sell it. I knew I could restore the outside of the clock easily enough, but it wasn't running and this concerned me. I like the way these clocks look. They are great decorative pieces, but they are much more valuable when they are running properly.
I bought the clock for a couple of hundred dollars. I thought this was a good deal, and I wagered that I could get the clock repaired for about what I paid for it. This would have given me a great clock at a steal as far as I was concerned. Unfortunately, I have spent three times what I paid for the clock on repairs, and it still doesn't keep time, or chime as it is supposed to.