Support Smaller DIY Stores And Save

@kathy77 (7488)
Australia
April 20, 2007 4:49pm CST
Hi Friends and Members I did this when we bought our home and were renovting but now we have sold the home and come back home to live in the city. But I hope that this helps you. When painting our home, we found that shopping local saved us a lot more money than purchasing what we needed from the larger, more popular retailers. We found a paint shop in our area which gave us reduced prices on everything from the paint to the drop sheets. The staff gave us wonderful ideas on how to cut down our work load and made no attempts to try and sell us anything we didn't need in fact, on the contrary, they even talked me out of buying some products I didn't need, suggesting lower cost alternatives! As a result we have become loyal customers where possible and have found a huge difference shopping there compared to other well-known stores, where we couldn't even get someone to tint the paint without standing around for 35 minutes first. We also discovered that local shops will happily tint your own paint for the cost of the tint only; whereas at a large hardware shop we were told that they wouldn't tint any paint that wasn't purchased through them. It pays to shop local!
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@weemam (13377)
20 Apr 07
I know exactly just what you mean pal , we used to have a family run store like that in town ( an ironmongers) but when the big shopping retail parks opened everyone went their and the family shop went out of business , It was a real shame as they were so caring too , gave lots of advice and you could buy one or two items and not a huge pack that you never used , It is good to be able to park at the big stores but the personal tough was really brilliant xx
@abbey19 (3129)
• Gold Coast, Australia
21 Apr 07
I wholeheartedly agree with you there Kathy, we should support our local or smaller DIY stores. My husband needed some particular nails the other week and he went to the big hardware store for them, but had to buy a huge packet which was pointless, so he didn't get them. He popped in to the local hardware store down the road, and was able to buy the exact amount he needed - and they were much more polite and friendly. They said if he had a problem with what he was doing just to call them they would walk him through it. Don't get that with the "big guys".
@kathy77 (7488)
• Australia
22 Apr 07
Thank you Abbey yes I believe that we should support more our local stores whether it be for our homes, or whatever we are buying as this helps them stay in business otherwise you would find all the big shops putting their prices up and we would not be able to afford to buy them.