Tuesday, October 13, 2009
I know I am not the only junker that enjoys a stroll down the plumbing supply aisle. Whether I am shopping a large home improvement center or my local hardware store, there is nothing like a little galvanized metal to ignite a blast of inspiration! I usually have a box full of vintage finds in my cart and my mission is to find the perfect connector, adhesive or tool to make my project become reality.
I get a few odd looks and roll of the eyes when I pull out my curious looking stash and explain my plan. They asked, didn't they? A few clerks see my request as a challenge, and end up walking me through the entire store to find the solution to my project. Others simply give me a blank stare and point to aisle 18. Over time, I have memorized the floor plans of most of my favorite haunts and often find myself directing customers to the appropriate areas. Sometimes I think I should whip out a My name is Ki badge and ask, "May I help you find something?"
I always appreciate the salesperson who commits to my junk quest and is willing to open little baggies of hardware along the way to find just the right size...(I would never feel comfortable doing that on my own, of course!) We usually leave quite a trail of opened bags and loose parts along the way.
I also have to be very careful not to plop my soon-to-be purchases in my box-o'-junk. I don't want to be mistaken for a shoplifter! It's a junkers dilemma: those steel shopping carts don't seem to be equipped to handle all the little baggies, especially the opened ones...