Outdoor Wednesday

This is my "Outdoor Wednesday' post. Check out more posts at A Southern Daydreamer.

I grew up in a "Do-It-Yourself" kind of home. I do not remember my parents ever hiring someone to do a job around our home. So, Hardware Stores were a regular shopping place for us. Of course, when I was a kid we didn't have the Big Box Do-it-yourself Centers that we do now. We always went to our "local" hardware store. I remember ours was called "Hollister Hardware". You know the kind, creaky unlevel wood floors. You knew the people who worked there because they all lived in your community. We are fortunate to still have some of these stores still around. I try to patronize them as much as I can. Because the reality is, I love them. They still have little treasures. And to be honest, I still really like to go in and look around the little hardware stores. You just never know what you will find.

In the commuity where we have our travel trailer, there is a cool hardware store.

Welcome to "Poorman's Bargain Barn" in Edmore, MI

We stopped there right before closing. You can tell by the picture that the sun as going down and in a small town, when the sun goes down basically the streets roll up and the town closes down for the day.

Well treasures I found! I got 2 Christmas gifts there and several items I needed for craft projects and re-purpose projects. The store had a little bit of everything. And what blew me away was the prices! Oh my gosh, they were so reasonable! Their pricing was quite a bit cheaper than the big box hardware stores around us.

So, if you are ever traveling through the little town of Edmore, MI I recommend stopping by the Poorman's Bargain Barn! Oh, and this is also the town that I spent a great deal of time in their thrift store. I have posted a lot of bargains I got at the "Second Mile Thrift Store".

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  1. What great finds!!! We don't have a Poormans here, in fact.. there is not a lot of anything here. When I do any kind of shopping, I go to Erie, Pa. or Warren, Ohio.

  2. Great post, sounds like a great place to find the bargains.

  3. I doubt if I ever get out your way, but thanks for the great tip, Diann. I hope you have a great day.

  4. That is a kind of place I love to visit hehehe..

    Please check out our last road trip here in Korea.

  5. I could spend a day there!!!!

    My Outdoor Wednesday is a continuation of last week's little day trek...this week, it's what we bought.

    Happy Wednesday.

    The Peddler Show

  6. What a wonderful store, Diann! We used to have a huge mom and pop store, but it closed. Luckily, we still have one in a neighboring city, in a neighboring city, and we have two Ace Hardware stores right here...they are a chain, but we go there for everything and we know everybody. Even though we're not a small town, we have that small town feel when shopping there.

    Thanks for sharing!


  7. Thanks for the shopping tip. I loved your photograph. Have a great Outdoor Wednesday.

  8. Sounds like a great place to shop especially if the prices are good. Thanks for sharing.

  9. Poorman's Bargain Barn... sounds like my kind of place!

  10. I'll have to look this up on a map sounds like a lot of fun. wanted to tell you also I got my paint in the mail -one of your tips. Yep it was paint not just a certificate so I can get busy right away! thanks

  11. I grew up in the era of hardware stores, too.
    The last REAL hardware store in our city just closed and it made me sad. Oh,I like Lowe's and Home Depot...they have a LOT of stuff...but I sure miss the little MOM & POP owned hardware and lumber....just a sign of the times, I guess.

  12. Great shot of the sun going down behind the sign. Our town was the same way before the population exploded. Once that sun set, there was nothing to do but stay in and read a good book. I love the kind of hardware stores that you describe, we lost our last one here when Home Depot opened. Luckily, there are still quite a few in area communities that we can visit. Happy Outdoor Wednesday. Kathy

  13. I am glad I am not the only one that likes hardware stores. I do not know why and most of the time do not need a thing, but truly enjoy going through the stores. This one looks like a neat one to visit.

  14. Love the name of that store!

    And yes, i remember those old hardware stores, too -- even remember the names of the families who owned them, as they were the same families who owned them when my grandparents shopped there!

    In our last town, we had a hardware store like that, luckily. My daughters used to like to tell friends, "In our town, the mayor owns the hardware store. How Mayberry is that?" And considering we were 20 minutes from midtown Manhattan, that was pretty Mayberry indeed!

    Thanks for your kind words about That Old House! I have to admit I am kind of loopy about her; I never thought I'd live in such a neat old place. She IS well loved and very happy, despite peeling paint outside and some shutters that need serious cosmetic surgery!


  15. I love finding places like these when I travel. The non big box stores have more unusual items and hard to find things. Luckily there are still many "Mom & Pop" type stores left in Brooklyn!


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