Llamas, Bras, Guns and Weaving

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What do llamas, bras, guns and weaving have in common?  You can find all of these items at Harshbarger’s  Ace in Gridley, California.  Harshbarger’s is the epitome of the locally owned hardware store.

Store owner, Peggy, hosts Fiber Friends every Wednedsay in their conference room.  Fiber Friends gets together to drink white wine, knit,  crochet, felt, spin or weave. Some of the ladies meet before Fiber Friends for a Zumba class.   Peggy spun this beautiful yarn and it’s available in the store.  If you get something gift wrapped at Harshbarger’s Ace, you just might find it tied with some of this spun yarn.

Hand Spun Yarn by Peggy

Peggy Weaving and Spinning

Llamas?  Harshbarger’s hosted a pet costume contest and Nobel the llama won.  Doesn’t she look cute with her tu-tu and matching top.

Nobel the Llama

Mixed in with the yarn, the weaving and the llamas are  plenty of hunting supplies.  Harshbarger Ace also carries guns, ammunition, fishing rods, reels, and bait.  You can also buy your hunting or
fishing license.  There is plenty of  camping equipment too.  If you are in the area, there is room in the parking lot to pull your RV in and stock up on your supplies.

Rods and Reels

The bras – they don’t sell them, but maybe they could fit  them in their store somewhere.  The Wall of Hope was part of a fund raising event for the Pink Passion Campaign.

Wall of Hope

By the way Harshbarger Ace stocks and sells lots of hardware and paint,  along with animal feed and I think you can even get the kitchen sink too.

For hours and directions visit www.harshbargerace.com


It’s Not Your Daddy’s Hardware Store


 Its Not Your Daddy’s Hardware Store is a new feature on the blog.  I will highlight several items a month that are unexpected finds:  different uses for everyday items that can be found at your local hardware store or unusual items.

The items I want to share are creative and clever works of art created out of normal, everyday hardware store items.  All are either made out of up-cycling, salvaging or reusing everyday items.

I saw this nut bowl created by Tammy Roy of 180° Design on Apartment Therapy, and just fell in love with it.  

Nut Bowl

Tammy  is obsessed with creating items out of reused scrap metal and discarded objects.  She boasts about her love of dumpster diving and learning how to weld.  Both her website and blog are filled with her awe inspiring creations.  Visit her site: 180° Design.

Ever thought you could make a clock out of wrenches?  MetalMedia from Chicago did. 

Wrench Clock

MetalMedia creates their clocks using found objects from automotive parts to antique roller skates.  Visit their shop on Etsy for more information.

Washer Necklace

Jewelry anyone?  Tanith created this modern, found object necklace from silver toned washers, and a salvaged chain.  I love the hardware earrings too.  Tanith considers herself an urban archaeologist, uncovering the treasures in other people’s refuse.  She can take something that looks like trash and turn it into a piece of jewelry.

Hardware Earrings

 Tanith also has a shop on Etsy filled with wonderful items she’s created.

Baseball Players

Scott from Bucket O Bolts crafts metal sculptures from found objects and car parts.  Look at the detail in the Baseball  Players and the Grasshopper.   Scott’s items are also available on Etsy.


I realized you can’t buy any of these items at the hardware store, but next time you’re browsing the aisle think about the alternate uses for those tools, washers, nuts, bolts etc.  Have you created something using hardware store materials?  I would love to see it.

 Visit our web-site or the Store Location page to find a friendly staffed locally owned ACE hardware store near you.

Mountain Hardware and Sports

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These days it seems it’s more important than ever for people in the community to stick together. That’s one of the reasons more than a dozen Mountain Hardware and Sports employees spent last Saturday night camped out on the local high school track.  They weren’t just camping they were keeping a constant walk for 24 hours in support of cancer victims everywhere at the annual Relay for Life event. The team was one of more than a dozen teams that collectively raised more than $50,000 for the American Cancer Society. Mountain Hardware and Sports contributed just over $1,700 to that total so far. The night was filled with good food, good company, and good exercise all for a good cause.

Relay for Life


Interested becoming a team for Relay for Life or finding an event near you  –  visit their web-site at: http://www.relayforlife.org/relay/

One of My Favorite Stores

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Ace the cat one of the reasons why Carmichael Ace is one of my favorite stores.

I am always greeted by the friendly and helpful store staff which includes Ace, who gives me a little meow or nudge.  I feel as if I am walking into an old time mom & pop hardware store, where they have everything and anything I need.  I’ve never had to ask where an item is; a staff member greets me and shows me the way.

Ace’s favorite place to “hang” is in the Lawn & Garden department.  On his rather lazy days, which are almost every day for a cat, he can be seen lounging on the registers or on a shelf somewhere.  If he doesn’t greet me when I come into the store, I stroll each aisle trying to figure out where he is.  If you live in the Carmichael area, make sure you stop by Carmichael Ace and visit Ace the cat.


PS:  Carmichael Ace sells jewelry too!

Fairfax Lumber & Hardware – A Green Lumberyard


If you live anywhere near Fairfax California, or happen to be in the area, stop in and visit Fairfax Lumber & Hardware.    The lumber yard, located in Marin County California, has been in business since 1912 and is now 100% employee owned.  Their focus has been providing their customers with solutions to improve indoor air quality, conserve natural resources, increase energy efficiency and generate fewer toxins in the environment.    They do this through stocking many environmentally friendly products such as: Mythic Non-Toxic Zero VOC paints, FSC certified forest products and environmentally friendly solutions for dealing with weeds, bugs and fungal problems.  Click here for a PDF of Fairfax Green information.

Red bricks

Fairfax Lumber now puts true meaning into the words “Reduce, Reuse and Recycle” by accepting donations of salvaged and recycled building materials for resale.  You can find old doors, barely used sinks, architectural details, light fixtures, furniture and much more.  Normally these items would be tossed into landfills, but they have also found a way to sell the salvaged materials side by side with new materials.

Old doors and doorknobs ready for use!

Their efforts at green building won them the 2007 Independent Pro Dealer of the Year Award from Home Channel News, a national trade magazine, the 2009 Small Business of the Year presented by the California State Senate, district 3 and the 2009 Sustainable North Bay Award as presented by the California State Assembly.  It may be that Fairfax Lumber is the only business selling new and used building materials side by side, along with green building products.

Salvaged sinks.

Garden collection.

Old school screen door.

Blog Launch July 6th 2011

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NorCal Ace’s official blog will launch on Wednesday, July 6th, 2011! Please subscribe so you don’t miss out on the latest events, news and happenings at the Northern California Ace stores. Not to mention, contests and giveaways – and more surprises. Stay tuned…


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