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Nov 27, 2020 16:32:35   #
jaymatt Loc: Alexandria, Indiana
 
The former Carpenter Hardware building in Cammack, Indiana, just west of Muncie. The building has been renovated and converted into businesses and apartments.

This building housed one of the last real hardware stores in central Indiana, the kind where if it was a nut, bolt, screw, gadget, plumbing fitting, electrical supply or tool of any kind, it was there or it likely wasn’t available. There were three floors, including the basement, all full of whatever you can imagine, and was a hangout for the local fellows with time on their hands. It was run by Mr. Carpenter (everyone just knew him by “Carpie”), a crochety old so-and-so. If someone was an unfamiliar customer, Carpie ushered him to the product and found it for him. If one was a regular customer or an acquaintance asking for something, he could expect a reply like “It’s upstairs on the west side, about half way down. You can find it.”

Because we--my family--were farmers and carpenters, I grew up frequenting places like this and real lumber yards (the likes of Lowe’s don’t count as a real lumber yards). I miss places like these.


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Nov 27, 2020 16:42:36   #
PixelStan77 Loc: Vermont/Chicago
 
jaymatt wrote:
The former Carpenter Hardware building in Cammack, Indiana, just west of Muncie. The building has been renovated and converted into businesses and apartments.

This building housed one of the last real hardware stores in central Indiana, the kind where if it was a nut, bolt, screw, gadget, plumbing fitting, electrical supply or tool of any kind, it was there or it likely wasn’t available. There were three floors, including the basement, all full of whatever you can imagine, and was a hangout for the local fellows with time on their hands. It was run by Mr. Carpenter (everyone just knew him by “Carpie”), a crochety old so-and-so. If someone was an unfamiliar customer, Carpie ushered him to the product and found it for him. If one was a regular customer or an acquaintance asking for something, he could expect a reply like “It’s upstairs on the west side, about half way down. You can find it.”

Because we--my family--were farmers and carpenters, I grew up frequenting places like this and real lumber yards (the likes of Lowe’s don’t count as a real lumber yards). I miss places like these.
The former Carpenter Hardware building in Cammack,... (show quote)


I agree with your sentiment. I miss those days also. Was able to buy 1 because I needed one. Now I need to buy a poly bag with 10. What was was.

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Nov 27, 2020 17:03:08   #
jaymatt Loc: Alexandria, Indiana
 
PixelStan77 wrote:
I agree with your sentiment. I miss those days also. Was able to buy 1 because I needed one. Now I need to buy a poly bag with 10. What was was.



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Nov 27, 2020 19:17:31   #
joehel2 Loc: Cherry Hill, NJ
 
Beautiful photo and great story, John. Love that you caught it decorated with mums and corn stalks. When I was a boy, there was a similar hardware store in my neighborhood. I remember it always smelled faintly of
3 in One oil.

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Nov 27, 2020 19:48:30   #
Ourspolair
 
I worked in a place like that as a student - great fun and learnt more than you could imagine about hardware and people! Nice capture. Please stay well and keep on sharing.

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Nov 27, 2020 21:58:39   #
kpmac Loc: Ragley, La
 
I long for those days and places, too. A very nice image, John.

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Nov 27, 2020 22:35:26   #
weberwest Loc: Ferndale WA
 
A vanishing breed - a real treasure trove. We have a place like this nearby in Bellingham - Hardware Sales - they got just about everything you can think of and quite a few that you cannot think of - and the knowledge and customer service to boot!

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Nov 28, 2020 05:13:34   #
J-SPEIGHT Loc: Akron, Ohio
 
jaymatt wrote:
The former Carpenter Hardware building in Cammack, Indiana, just west of Muncie. The building has been renovated and converted into businesses and apartments.

This building housed one of the last real hardware stores in central Indiana, the kind where if it was a nut, bolt, screw, gadget, plumbing fitting, electrical supply or tool of any kind, it was there or it likely wasn’t available. There were three floors, including the basement, all full of whatever you can imagine, and was a hangout for the local fellows with time on their hands. It was run by Mr. Carpenter (everyone just knew him by “Carpie”), a crochety old so-and-so. If someone was an unfamiliar customer, Carpie ushered him to the product and found it for him. If one was a regular customer or an acquaintance asking for something, he could expect a reply like “It’s upstairs on the west side, about half way down. You can find it.”

Because we--my family--were farmers and carpenters, I grew up frequenting places like this and real lumber yards (the likes of Lowe’s don’t count as a real lumber yards). I miss places like these.
The former Carpenter Hardware building in Cammack,... (show quote)



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Nov 28, 2020 08:01:11   #
yssirk123 Loc: New Jersey
 
Very nice shot and a great narrative John! I miss the old stores I grew up with.

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Nov 28, 2020 08:37:23   #
blacks2 Loc: SF. Bay area
 
Excellent John.

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Nov 28, 2020 08:43:48   #
ecobin Loc: Paoli, PA
 
Nice one John 👍👍

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Nov 28, 2020 08:59:30   #
Manglesphoto Loc: 70 miles south of St.Louis
 
jaymatt wrote:
The former Carpenter Hardware building in Cammack, Indiana, just west of Muncie. The building has been renovated and converted into businesses and apartments.

This building housed one of the last real hardware stores in central Indiana, the kind where if it was a nut, bolt, screw, gadget, plumbing fitting, electrical supply or tool of any kind, it was there or it likely wasn’t available. There were three floors, including the basement, all full of whatever you can imagine, and was a hangout for the local fellows with time on their hands. It was run by Mr. Carpenter (everyone just knew him by “Carpie”), a crochety old so-and-so. If someone was an unfamiliar customer, Carpie ushered him to the product and found it for him. If one was a regular customer or an acquaintance asking for something, he could expect a reply like “It’s upstairs on the west side, about half way down. You can find it.”

Because we--my family--were farmers and carpenters, I grew up frequenting places like this and real lumber yards (the likes of Lowe’s don’t count as a real lumber yards). I miss places like these.
The former Carpenter Hardware building in Cammack,... (show quote)


Great image!!! John
I miss the "Real" Hardware stores!!! everytime I have to go to Lowes, HD etc.
I really hate when I ask for a specific item and the clerk or dept. pro ask what are you going to do with it? It seems they don't know two word Yes or No.

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Nov 28, 2020 09:11:35   #
jaymatt Loc: Alexandria, Indiana
 
PixelStan77 wrote:
I agree with your sentiment. I miss those days also. Was able to buy 1 because I needed one. Now I need to buy a poly bag with 10. What was was.


I certainly agree.

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Nov 28, 2020 09:12:00   #
jaymatt Loc: Alexandria, Indiana
 
joehel2 wrote:
Beautiful photo and great story, John. Love that you caught it decorated with mums and corn stalks. When I was a boy, there was a similar hardware store in my neighborhood. I remember it always smelled faintly of
3 in One oil.


Thanks, Joe.

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Nov 28, 2020 09:12:16   #
jaymatt Loc: Alexandria, Indiana
 
Ourspolair wrote:
I worked in a place like that as a student - great fun and learnt more than you could imagine about hardware and people! Nice capture. Please stay well and keep on sharing.



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