Hardware - the cycle of a name...... Is "Real Estate Broker" Next?

Real Estate Broker/Owner with CENTURY 21 Garner Properties

When was the last time you seen a corner hardware store? They are a dying breed. I hope you still have one in your neighborhood. If you do, stop in a buy something. I'm not taking about the Home Depots, which refers to itself as a home center. I'm talking about the good ole hardware store, where there were rows of bolts and nut bins. You could almost smell the oily metal before you even opened the door. The door, which was usually adorned with a cowbell or some other sort of loud device that gave the store owner notice that a customer had arrived. The store owner,  who was probably in the back fixing someones screen door or cutting glass to fix someones broken window pane.

I stopped by a "Home Center" store just last week and ask the first person I could get the attention of, where I might find an 8 ft cutting guide. After a few seconds of his spacey stare, I said, "you know, a big long straight edge I can use as a saw guide for cutting plywood straight. OK, he says, that's at the end of isle 24. So I look up and realize I'm at isle 2 so I began my hike to isle 24 past the kitchens, appliances, carpet and an entire isle of plastic totes. Now where can I find a cutting guide, I'm in the middle of lumber and I realize the kid sent me to the panel cutting area where they would cut my plywood for me if I needed it cut. Finally, a grey haired gentleman ask if I needed help and I again explain my need for a cutting guide. Of course, he knows exactly what I'm look for...... in isle ....3. As a side note. after I tried to use it the first time I tossed it in the garbage and went to the HARDWARE store, where I should have went in the first place. Paid double but got 3 times the quality, Lesson learned......... again.

Hardware: via wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hardware

Hardware is a general term that refers to the physical artifacts of a technology. It may also mean the physical components of a computer system, in the form of computer hardware.Huh? That's not what my father taught me. Am I already to the age (46) where I have to start referring to "the old days"? Gee, I don't feel that old until I ask my 19 year old if he needs anything from the hardware store and he says "I could use a Gig of Ram". ???????

Hardware historically meant the metal parts and fittings that were used to make wooden products stronger, more functional, longer lasting and easier to fabricate or assemble.[citation needed] Now THAT's what I'm talking about...... HARDWARE as it was meant to be....... In historical usage it includes equipment such as keys, locks, hinges, latches, corners, handles, wire, chains, plumbing supplies, tools, utensils, cutlery and machine parts, especially when they are made of metal.[citation needed] In the United States, this type of hardware has been traditionally sold in hardware stores, a term also used to a lesser extent in the UK.[citation needed]

HARDWARE Stores. Where the person behind the counter can sell you what you need to fix your leaky faucet AND tell you how to fix it. HARDWARE stores. Where every-ones attitude is share your knowledge openly and learn how to figure the rise, run and and tread of the new deck steps your working on. Or, lessons in life from the regulars who commonly stood around the hot stove on a winters day when it was too cold to work outdoors.

Real Estate Broker. Can a real estate broker, in the physical sense that we currently view it as human be commonly become known as a artifact of a technology that allows people to sell their homes? Is the term under threat of a generally accepted meaning, like hardware?




If you've ever learned how to fix something, spent 2 hours browsing hardware or belive in your heart that real estate is local and should remain that way for the good of buyers, sellers and the general public,  then join our Hardware Store Group at Active Rain.

We'll also talk about weekend carpentry and wood shop stuff as well as tell a good joke now and then.


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Erby Crofutt
B4 U Close Home Inspections&Radon Testing (www.b4uclose.com) - Lexington, KY
The Central Kentucky Home Inspector, Lexington KY

Yeah, Dad.  I need a gig of RAM!  Funny stuff, Doug.

I always explain to my inspection customers about establishing a relationship with the old fart at the back of the local hardware store and how invaluable that can be when they need to fix something themselves.

My "Home Center" story was a need for a pipe.  The kid stared at me.  I said, "You know, they carry water!"  He said, "Oh, water, that'll be out in lawn and garden with the water fountains!" with a big beaming smile.

I went to my local hardware store the other day and found it shut down.  Disappointment big time, but then, I saw the little sign!.  They'd just relocated across town to a much more visible location.

Dec 04, 2008 07:55 AM #1
Doug Garner
CENTURY 21 Garner Properties - Independence, KY
Principal Broker, Auctioneer, Northern Kentucky

Erby, Ah yes, the good ole hardware store, a dying breed. Makes me sad. But I have not learned my lesson with the home centers yet. I went in this week and ask the "kid" there if they carried brushes for the routers they sold and he proceeded to tell me that brushes was not an accessory for routers. I gave up without a word spoken. I was not about to even try and explain that "brushes" are not an accessory, they are required for a router, or any other motor, to work. I went across town to the HARDWARE store.

Thanks for the comments.

Dec 04, 2008 08:42 AM #2
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