I had to go to Tractor Supply for some other things and inquired if they had hardware cloth. I wanted a piece that was 30" x 30". Sure, I could buy hardware cloth, but I would have to buy a twelve-foot roll. I said, "No thanks. I have a hardware store!"
I love my hardware store. It is very near the Farmers Market and is independently owned, although they are aligned with Builders. I suppose that allows them to get some price breaks. Anything to help keep these small shops in business. I really do hate shopping at Menard's and Lowe's. I understand the concept with the big box stores, but I feel so totally helpless in them! You have to run down a clerk, and half the time they are clueless as to where I can find things, much less how to use them or how to fix something. Some are okay, but as I said, I have to hunt them down.
I left Tractor Supply and figured I would stop by my hardware store today after market. I did, and I was not disappointed. I asked them if I could take some pictures for my blog. Here they are.
PS - I stopped in today to give them a card with the web address so they could see their pictures. Two customers were there, and two shop people, having an intense discussion on how to fix a handle. Nothing like that goes on in a big box store!
|A customer checks out - no waiting in line|
|Cutting to order|
|My hero, the hardware cloth cutter|
|Variety of goods for sale|
|The old world|
|Sort of new world|
|My purchase - $4.63 worth of hardware cloth, what I need and no more.|