I just had to share with you my story of good fortune from Friday. With the snow not far away, I decided to head to the hardware store to purchase some necessary supplies to hold me off through winter, that and new knobs for the dresser I am working on. All pictures are from my outing on Friday, hope you enjoy what looks to be the last of our autumn colors. I love not having a car, I see so much I would normally miss or have to view from a distance if I were driving.
I needed 8 knobs, there was no way around this as there were not more than 2 matching knobs on the drawers and I was missing a couple as well. I knew what I wanted but couldn’t find more than 5 of any one style. I headed back to talk to one of the men who work there to see if there might be more in stock. To be safe I picked out three different styles. He told me this was all they had as they are switching to a new company to supply hardware in January. We headed back to the display to see what we could put together to come up with 8 knobs that would look good together. I was ready to use different knobs on the two smaller drawers when we found 8 in one style. Yay! Without my asking, and I wasn’t going to, he went to the register and gave me a discount of $.30 on each which was now $.60 less per knob than my favorite styles. That isn’t the good part.
The next thing I know he tells me he is bothered that come January any of these items that haven’t been sold will be boxed up and stored upstairs doing nothing. I took a chance, he knows me by now, and asked if possibly he would make me an offer to buy out the lot rather than storing them. Yes, he knows all about my restoration work. As it turns out, the hardware will be mine in January. I will have a supply of knobs and pulls at a HUGE discount, pennies on the dollar, to work with. It’s not a large display, so it won’t take up much room but it will save me a huge amount of money over time when I run into furniture that needs new hardware.
In case you are wondering, yes I am saving all the various knobs that came with this dresser. Some are wood, others metal but when the right piece comes along with missing hardware these will be waiting with the others.
This is what can happen when you shop at locally owned businesses and get to know the people who work there. Not only do they appreciate the business I give them – refusing to give it to our Big Box Wally World (WalMart) – but they can make decisions on the spot the chains don’t have the authority to make.
I will be heading out-of-town to visit my youngest son later today and have decided to leave the computer at home. I will be back in plenty of time to write my Friday Faves but until Friday I hope you all have a wonderful week.
Should you be bored and need something to read, :-) my oldest son has decided to start a blog and has joined the NaNoWriMo WordPress challenge. He has already published a couple of things and yesterday posted the entire prologue to his newest novel. While you are there you can check out his first short story Meat if you like grizzly horror ;-) or if that’s not to your likeing the beginnings of Be Mine. a ghost story, which he plans to finish after the NaNoWriMo challenge. He may not answer comments right away as he uses my house for the free wi-fi while unemployed, but will answer all comments when he has access to the internet.