I just had to share this old-time hardware store with you. I would have taken a photo of the storefront window filled with an "exhibit" of antique tools, but the window doesn't get much cleaning ... I can't imagine anyone would relish removing all of those old tools to clean the windows and then reinstall the "exhibit" again. Hundreds of things.
|The "Tilt-a-Whirl" of nuts and bolts|
Palmer's is right next to Valentin, the place where I get my hair cut. They have a lot of things, but specialize in plumbing tools and supplies. They'll lend you the tools to do your plumbing job, explain to you how to do it, and if all else fails, they can give you the names of some plumbers.
I love going into this place ... it's like a wonderland for tool addicts! It's the type of hardware store that a lot of us grew up with ... the kind you can usually only find in smaller towns. These independent Ma & Pa stores have been replaced by Lowe's and Home Depot. It's a shame really, but I think a lot of us are trying to patronize shops owned by individuals or families. If we're not careful, we'll blink and they will have been overtaken by conglomerates and none will be left. Anyway, getting back to to Palmer's. It has been around since 1958, but under "new ownership" since 1979.
|The "Planning Center" ... see the desktop planner!|
When I walk into Palmer's I think what I smell is old cardboard and metal. I mean, look at those old boxes with a neat hand-lettered description of their contents. There is a bustle of activity ... the grinding of keys, kids playing, old men talking ... The owners are super friendly. I buy the hose clamps and angle brackets for the torch-firing kits here ... it's the least I can do to help support an independent store owner. I wish there were more things I needed!
|Palmer's Hardware, bins of hardware|
The place is really wonderful ... it is more than a hardware store really ... it is installation art!