In Reply to: Real Hardware Shops - Are there any left? posted by Kimberly on April 18, 2019 at 22:54:20:
For many years Pleasants Hardware was the go-to place in Richmond, VA. I walked in the downtown store with a few greasy bolts many times. You often had to take a number and wait a bit, but they always had the right size and grade. They are still family-owned, but after the downtown location closed, the satellite stores don't have the selection that used to be on-hand downtown.
At home, used hardware was tossed in a corner under the workbench. Sifting the pile for replacement hardware was time-consuming and the pile eventually got too deep to sift. Adding rummage time to every project was nuts (sorry).
My hardware store is now several sets of clear-front bins in my shop. New and used hardware is sorted into separate bins, labeled by size and/or purpose.
Buying hardware on-line is much cheaper in bulk. They can fit a lot of bolts in a flat-rate box. Some hardware comes from the Grade 5 and Grade 8 bins at TSC. Their selection used to be better, but they still sell hardware by the pound. A large flat-rate box of assorted N-Tractor hardware from ebay was too good to pass up and provided spares for just about everything.