We're not talking auctions and swap meets here. Looking through piles of auction junk for hidden treasures is fine. Strolling about the swap meet watching for something I want is time well spent. What I hate is ordinary day-to-day shopping. The kind where you used to go into a store for a specific item, take it off the shelf, pay for it, and go on about your business. Used to are the operative words there. Now you go into the local alleged hardware store for, as in today's example, a #12 round head slotted wood screw. Either (#1) none of the clueless "associates" there has ever heard of it or what it does, or (#2) they have all of a half dozen at 65¢ EACH! Hate, abhor, despise, loathe. I'll shop online and probably pay less for a full box and shipping than a couple of dozen would cost me here.
Steve: You are right on. Nothing worse than the "big box" stores that have 10 million things on their shelves but never what is needed - and they put the real hardware stores out of business. They also don't stand behind anything, even when you pony up the extra bucks for an extended warranty. Don't get me started on HD or L#$wes. The stories and battles I've had with them are sickening.
I have one of the rare real good old hardware stores in my town and I love it. Not the cheapest, but I buy there whenever I can. They have all the stuff I want that no other store has anymore. A true blessing indeed. Shout out for "Parkrose Hardware".
Not to mention 3 bolts or nuts in a package. That's right, 3!. (I think you DID get me started...)
yesterday i wanted to put a shut off valve at the carb on the 19. i'm sure if i looked around i would have some thing here, but the whole point is for it not to leak, so buy a new one. 19.79 for a 1/4 brass valve at my local hardware. i was expecting 5-6 bucks, i couldn't do it.
Worst part is the quality,
rather the lack of
Erich: I have a place up on Whidbey Is. I may need to stop off in your town on the way up in July to pick up a load of those #12 wood screws Steve is talking about. They sound as rare as the Pan Straightening Jig that's worth so much these days.
We used to have the greatest old time hardware store here, the ones with the old creaky wooden floors and isles and isles of all those great draws of practically everything ever made. Now its just an Aubachon that sells all the useless things i don't need.
You guys need to come to Califunny...We're not all rich, spoiled yuppies.
We had one of those until a few years ago. Sipes Hardware started in 1870, and the Bryants had it since the twenties. But the local folks voted with their dollars for the chain store we're stuck with now.
Notice in Steve's photos there are boxes of stuff in the isles that you have to step over.
THAT's how you know it's a good hardware store !
There's even a Pepsi machine if you get thirsty while shopping!..They didn't call them "the good old days" for nothing!..I can tell within 30 seconds if my store has what i need,.. i usually end up swearing beneath my breath as i leave.
Had a good hardware store only a couple miles away until about 5 years ago. The owner, from my understanding, snorted it all up his nose. Now I have to go 6 miles in one direction or the other to find a family-owned outfit and they're not nearly as well stocked as was the old one.
Just ordered a box of 100 from Bolt Depot. With shipping, under 17¢ each. About a fourth of the local Ace price.
When you guys get to Chickasha next year, check out the three story old time store in the main street. It is jammed full of all sorts of stuff, but you would enjoy the hunt.
I was looking at a box of tape measures while browsing and the owner kindly offered to give me a couple. He couldn't sell them. Seems you guys don't deal in metrics!!!!
Allan from down under.
Spose the first and last post 01.22 have anything to do with post 12.05 ? Bud.
I go to Ace Hardware around here because they have the best assortment of nuts and bolts and someone is always there to help you find what you need. Home debt dosen't even carry a 7/16 bolt at all but if you want to order it they say it will get to you in 5 to 7 days McMaster Carr will always get it to me in 1 - 2 business days so why waste the gas for something I know they don't have... I better quit now or I might raise my blood pressure!
Clayton Swanson -
How about this one???
that one looks just swell!! thanks dave
Actually, that info came from frequent poster Royce - you can thank him sometime.
Glad to be able to pass along the helpful link.