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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.





    I just found an old stove like that today for $40! Gonna rebuild it and sell it hopefully. Very cool!

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    Just wanted to share- this hardware store closed this month- after 141 years in business...thanks fer lookin'


    http://www.dispatch.com/content/stor...sing-time.html

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    Love it. I remember when i was growing up we had one by our old Red and White store it closed down because of Lowes but they are opening a new one soon Can't WAIT. you can find some of the coolest things in them mom and pops hardware stores.

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    That's too bad. At least they lasted longer than most.
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    We have maybe two of those left near me, one has had to branch more out into lawn and yard stuff rather than hardware but the other was pretty good for a while, sadly when he started only carrying Chinese axe and tool handles I kinda stopped going in there...sorry to hear that you losing yours brother
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    We had one in my hometown - 4th generation as I recall. There wa a farm store a couple of towns over that sold hardware and animal feed. My dad and I would stop there every so often. The kids liked to play around the hay bales on the ground floor. Upstairs was the pot-belly stove, a few chairs and a cracker barrel. These were the round type you could break in half like a clamshell. They sold by the pound but you could grab one without charge.

    My hometown also had a Five & Dime, two, actually, where there were things you could actually buy for a nickle when I was a boy. There was a Woolworths and the family owned "little store". The little store had shelves stacked 10' high with roller ladders on each side. You got stuff off the middle shelf with the long-handle clamps. Great places.

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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.





    Please post locations of these stores!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by donk View Post
    I absolutely love going to old Hardware Stores! There's a few in my area. Some are thriving buisnesses because of good service and dedicated patrons, some are just too stubborn to close. All of them have some VERY cool stuff.
    Thanks, Donk.
    We've got one. It's doing ok under new owners (about 5 yrs or so), because it does things better than the big box. Now, the previous owners almost ran it into the ground, because they were rude, and didn't have the wierd little things that no one else has (and didn't have a lot of the things commonly needed as well).

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    7345 E Main St Reynoldsburg, OH 43068

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    There was a True Value store nearby when I was a kid Dad used to pickup kerosene for the heaters every Friday. We had a Woolsworth's too, funny how I used to suddenly get hungry every time I stepped foot in the door and saw the long diner table. Both stores relocated after three box stores came to town, and they both closed shop not long after that.
    The Old Forge Hardware, though, looks just like the pictures from the OP.

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