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In the little town near where we live
there is a wonderful old store
and stepping across its
is like stepping back in time.
The Old Hardware Store
and it has been in operation since
This old store is filled with antiques
and other items and is a furniture/home restorers delight. You can find genuine antique hardware for house or furniture and every kind of hardware in between!
There are things in here that Maragret is still discovering
or trying to figure out what it is.
It's an amazine place to visit.
The old store in 1925
The store is owned by Margaret Kraisinger.
Margaret and her husband Gary bought the building
The store was closed for 1 year while they did an
extensive restoration and then re-opened
in 1999. Margaret and Gary are
still restoring things
as they go.
Thick layers of enamel paint covered the beautiful old
original oak cabinets bins and drawers which
had to be removed and in some cases the
wood had to be bleached before it
was stained and protected.
There are 5 individual units
that can be changed
around on this
Before (see the ceiling?)
(42 feet of hardware cabinets-360 drawers)
See the hanging ladder?
It was re-hung after at least 40 years.
The other original fixtures such as the scales
nail bin, counters, signs and most of the show cases
have been in the store for around 75 years.
Did you notice that ceiling?
The limestone building was built in 1879 after a fire burned down many of the wood frame buildings on Main Street. It survived the 1910 tornado and several severe floods.
Shortly after 1902-1907 the first owners had the heavy
tin ceiling installed.
Originally from the two medallions hung gas lamps.
The old fans were added during the restoration.
Over the years the ceiling was painted white but
Margaret was able to find spots of the old paint colors
and tried to match the colors as closly as possible.
They did a wonderful job!
There are two rooms behind this room, one is the
old office which still contains the original safe and bookkeepers desk.
There are even two hats hanging under the window
that belonged to one of the former owners.
I stopped by the store to take a few pictures for my blog last week and only meant to stay long enough to
take pictures and talk to Margaret for
a few minutes...I think I was
there for a couple of
There is just
so much to see
and Margaret is a wealth of
information. If you are ever in the area
you should stop in and visit The Old Hardware Store.
I bet your husband wouldn't say no!
If you're restoring a piece of furniture or your home
and you're needing some original hardware...this is the place to go to.
You can visit THE OLD HARDWARE STORE at
208 Main Street
Halstead Kansas 67056
or call her at
877-731-1188 (toll free)
In part 2 I'll show you some of the neat things Margaret
has for sale.
I hope you have a wonderful week.