Your smaller neighborhood hardware stores like Ace and True Value are amazing resources. Getting familiar with them is a great idea for many reasons.
Shopping at these stores supports small business, most Ace and True Value stores are independent franchises, sometimes generations of family run businesses.
The service in your neighborhood hardware store is usually more personal than the big stores. Smaller store means smaller staff so you will tend to see the same faces and get to know one another. They are great at helping you find odd pieces, creative solutions and maybe even recommendations when you need to hire help.
In my experience the local hardware stores carry a better selection of small, harder to find replacement parts for drawers, closets, screens, door knobs, gate latches and so much more.
Many of us are all too familiar with how one ‘simple’ project ends up with multiple trips back to the store for more screws, bolts, nails, lumber, caulk, paint, potting soil, unexpected tools….any variety of things needed to complete the project. Shopping for the items you can pick up at True Value or Ace can be a big headache relief for those trips!
And the personal service can come in real handy when you don’t know the correct name of that thingymajig or doohickey needed to complete the project!!