Thursday, October 29, 2009
Shopping: Finkles Hardware in Lambertville NJ -- "The World's Most Unusual Hardware Store"
What can be said? Finkles Hardware in Lambertville, NJ is too awesome for words.
I've bought all kinds of things there over the years: an unusual Mexican florescent bulb I couldn't find anywhere else, a neat four-head screwdriver, a can of acrylic white house paint I used for priming oil painting canvas.
The owners say they specialize in "decorative and industrial hardware, plumbing and heating, electrical and lighting, and structural steel," and that "no project is too kooky for our staff."
One's first impression on entering is of a 1950s-era appliance store stacked to the rafters with cans, boxes, coils and bins filled with every mechanism, tool and part devised by mankind over the last, say, 75 years.
As Finkles website points out, "We have so much inventory that we stack it from floor to ceiling. No item is too hard to find!"
And if they don't have it, they'll special order it. I've found the staff to be friendly and knowledgeable over the years.
Those in the plumbing, electrical and construction fields have kept Finkles a trade secret for quite some time, but if you own an old home or if you just want to catch a glimpse of "The World's Most Unusual Hardware Store", visit 7 Coryell Street in Lambertville NJ, Monday to Saturday, 7:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., (609) 397 0914.
It's a Lambertville original!