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    Quote Originally Posted by Panzer View Post
    Where is this gem at!
    It is right off East Main St. (SR40) as you head east towards Pataskala
    blink and you would miss it.


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    I wish I could buy from there and support a small store like that.

    Think he'd ship a boys axe to IL?

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    Quote Originally Posted by rusty stove View Post
    Picked up a hand powered 5" grinder that mounts to a table/bench at the local Hardware store. This store has been in business since around 1872.
    An old brick building with oak plank floors, a pot belly stove and some things that havent been made in probaly 50 years or more. The only place I know of that sells a cider press- there is a Peavey and cane poles- cast iron skillets and stuff that used to be made in the USA with handwritten price tags covered with dust. I wish there were more places like it- If you have any gems like this please share because I fear soon they will be Big Box Stored out of existance- a part of Americana that I don't want to see go away.




    The local True Value Hdwr in Two Harbors, MN, is pretty good. I am able to find a lot of things there that I can't find at Menards or Home Depot, especially brass, copper and stainless steel fasteners for boat building.

    When I'm looking for really old tools, I'm still missing Berger Hardware in Superior, WI. In the 1970s, to build a log house, I needed log dogs and a Norwegian scribe. I found them, along with a great many other things, at Berger Hardware. When I built a buggy harness, I found all the buckels and other hardware at Berger.

    Contents of the store were auctioned off, March 26, 1999.

    Here is a story from 1994:

    http://attic.areavoices.com/2012/01/...rger-hardware/
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kentuckycamper View Post
    The old hardware store with the creaky old wood floor. Always the old guy there that knows where to find that one obscure part on the top shelf in the last isle that has been there for forty years. Fair price and friendly service. Big box can never replace that personal service.
    Nope, but unfortunatly it can put them out of buisness.....
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    My great uncle ran a 'general store' - I remember he closed it in 79. very sad.
    it was his dad's and started in the depression.

    there was always a few old timers sitting around the stove in the back corner....and basically everything else everyone has said. The town never did get a wal-mart....it's only a town of about 300....but the next town over did....and as he was fond of saying "that....was that."

    too cool some are still around!

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    I know that store well, I live in Pickerington, just one town over from Reynoldsburg. We used to have a great hardware store here too but it was "boxed" out many years ago. Replaced by a Sears. No personality, Nobody knows their rear from a hole in the ground and a distinct lack of customer service.

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    Thanks for posting a rare gem It brought back some fond memories of my child hood going to a Hardware store much like that one with my Dad or Grand dad. I seem to remember a few Bib overall wearing old timers drinking coffee playing checkers and chewing tobacco by the stove too.

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    There will always be something special about those old hardware stores. I remember riding my bike 5 miles one way with my little brother so we could go buy target arrows at one. It was like finding undiscovered treasure every time we went there. We have a decent hardware store in the town I live in.

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