This is part of Norm Frampton’s lovely Thursday Doors link-up. Go look at his wonderful pictures, click on the linky-doo, and visit some of the other participants.
Alstott’s Hardware was one of those stores you read about — almost a general store — where you could get a stunningly wide variety of items. If you needed a little doohicky that looks like this, the first place you should go is Alstott’s. Show one of the guys your doohicky and he’d find you a replacement. Or if you need a mailbox, Alstott’s had a wide choice of sizes. Plumbing supplies, canning supplies, garden supplies, knives, poisons, compressed air, popcorn poppers (from electric air-poppers back to cast-iron), funnels, tongs …. You get the picture.
Well, Mr. Alstott decided to sell the store and retire. Then he died, so nobody could talk him out of it.
There was a going-out-of-business sale, and OF COURSE I went. I had to bear witness to the passing of an era.
You probably can’t read that sign on the upper half of the building. It said ACE Hardware, but Mr. Alstott had a falling out with the ACE people and withdrew from their network. Rather than get a new sign, he just painted over the ACE and left the Hardware part.
I adore hardware stores, especially ones like this one, jam-packed with stuff you never knew existed.
So bought a few things. Some things, I would have gotten in times past, but no longer need: an electric carving knife (we don’t do vast slabs o’ meat), a popcorn popper (just the two of us can get by on the occasional snack bag of microwave stuff), an ice crusher (no Derby parties, since Eight Belles died on the track in 2008), an electric roasting pan/slowcooker.
Here’s what I did get.
Lamp oil, compressed air, a collapsible funnel, burner pans, a bar of poison ivy/oak soap, and a double boiler. That card that says “1/2 off“? It says “up to 1/2 off.” I read it. Many didn’t. There were tears before bedtime. heh
Farewell, Alstott’s. I’ll miss you like stink.
A WRITING PROMPT FOR YOU: A character gets less of a deal than they think they’re going to get.