Mar 8, 2008

Okay, a show of hands please. How man people would think to take a belt to the hardware store to be fixed? I've had two people this week bring men's belts into the store in search of a cure for what ailed them. In both cases the needed item was a teeny tiny screw. In that respect, guess the hardware store is the perfect place to go. Maybe the reason it seemed so odd to me is that I rarely buy belts, and when I do they are ones where the leather strap is riveted permanently to the buckle, so there are no screws to fall out. The two belts in this case, were the reversible type, brown on one side and black on the other. In order to reverse them, the buckle has to be disengaged and the strap turned over. Hence, a buckle with screw not rivets. I reject the concept of reversible belts, but that is a post for another day. One of the belts was brought in by an old couple. We get a lot of older customers trying to squeexe the last bit of life from something. Their belt appeared to be only slightly less old than they were. The old man kept telling his wife to just throw the damn thing away, but she was sure it could still be salvaged. And she proved to be right. For forty-two cents, it lived to serve another day. The second belt belonged to a well-dressed middle-aged guy and it appeared to be relatively expensive as men's belts go. I gave him a box of tiny screws and he fiddled with it at the service table until he triumphantly pronounced it fixed. I'm sure he will tell his friends about how he fixed his $50 belt for a mere thirty cents. So, I guess whether you need a light switch or a belt repair, the hardware store is a good choice. Things in this blog represented to be fact, may or may not actually be true. The writer is frequently wrong, sometimes just full of it, but always judgmental and cranky

8 comments:

Ms. Wollstonecraft said...
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Ms. Wollstonecraft said...

As a belt buyer I feel glad I have never had to repair one. I have however, needed to carefully use a small awl (purchased at ACE) to create another hole in a belt that was just a tidge too large.

Hardware stores are more important than any of us realize.

d. chedwick bryant said...

pls return to my bloog to oxplain why u dunt have daylight savings tim. peeps are not liking d.s.t.

Anonymous said...

Thank God we don't have DST.

Unrelatedly, Happy Birthday Grandpa Sneed, who would be 84 today.

Julia said...

I would never think to do that. I don't personally wear belts. With hips like mine, a belt would be redundant.

dennis said...

Dennis would look to find napping spots at Ace.
Does Ace sell cat beds?

Steve said...

There is a sense of triumph in repairing something, definitely! I've been hedging on whether I should buy a new coat, because I'm thinking I could just have my existing coat re-lined...and if I go that route, I'll feel the same sense of triumph! (Even if I didn't do the work. :) )

Kurt said...

My belts don't tend to have any user-serviceable parts. Also, how will you be able to tell if my hand is up?