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I'm determined to get an early start this year on my container vegetable garden, which means I've made a couple of trips to the hardware store to get supplies. In addition to getting things for my container garden, I found some bolts and nuts that will fix the stairs for my dogs. I also found some puncture resistant gloves for gardening, windshield washer fluid, seed starter kits, a rubber tote bucket and a collapsible mesh laundry tote. It's amazing how many useful things there are on the shelves of a hardware store.
That got me thinking about all the ways the hardware store makes my life better.
For starters, just think of the messages hardware stores tell us, like You can do it! and Do-it-yourself! And these aren't empty promises either. After all, the staff at the hardware store will help you get it done, with friendly advice and do-it-yourself classes and books. You can literally go into a hardware store and ask someone, "How can I fix this?" and they will direct you to the tools, supplies and knowledge you need to get the job done. Some places will even load your purchases into you car for you. All of this seems pretty amazing!
Plus consider all the things you can do after a visit to the hardware store. You can build, grow, improve, repair, remodel and replace things in and around your home. You leave armed to accomplish everything from the ordinary to the extraordinary.
Best of all, the hardware store is full of solutions. If you have a problem, the hardware store has a way to solve it. That doesn't mean everything can be fixed, but if it can't be fixed they can help you replace your broken item. The only reason you'll have to go somewhere else is if the part you need is not in stock.
Imagine if all the people and places you visited in your life offered everything the hardware store did: the positive messages, encouragement, support, tools, knowledge and an endless supply of solutions for your problems. Now that would be awesome. Which leaves me with only one question--why can't everything in life be more like the hardware store?
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