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Chairs for Affairs, in business since 1949, helps party-throwers cater to party-goers with an extensive selection of rental equipment. Make your bashes brim with revelers without resorting to bribery by borrowing from Chairs for Affairs' panoply of chairs, tables, tableware, outdoor accessories, tents, linens, serving equipment and more. Drinks are kept cold with a champagne cooler ($9; rates based on 1-day rental; longer rental rates available upon request), and chins are kept dribble-free with an assemblage of soupspoons ($0.40 each). Throw a well-attended wedding with a bevy of bright-white folding chairs ($1.40 each) and a white-lattice wedding arch ($40), or host a hopping bar mitzvah with a stage ($45 per 4 x 8' section), portable PA system ($70) and a 10'x10' white canopy ($75+). A handful of margarita glasses ($0.45 each) makes drinking simple but juggling difficult, and bread-and-butter plates ($0.50 each) makes room for the essentials.

4451 Clayton Rd
Concord,
CA
US

Family run business that hand selects only the best Japanese garden, woodworking and cutlery tools.

1333 San Pablo Ave
Berkeley,
CA
US

Drill bits twist, measuring tape unfurls, and saws chomp through two-by-fours in ACE Hardware, where shelves dangle with scores of tools and other home-improvement essentials. Wall pigment by Ace Paint and Benjamin Moore beams across the color spectrum as faucet parts and cabinet hardware retool aging abodes and jury-rigged time machines. Large appliances, such as Honeywell space heaters, Perfect Aire air conditioners, and Cadet thermostats, keep indoor air at a comfortable temperature. Outside, bags of seed and compost join charcoal grills to brighten backyard celebrations as rolling hand trucks heft heavy lumber purchases or prefab doghouses for socialite canines. Tools, electrical tape, and other handyman essentials round out each location's array of fixative and creative supplies.

4024 MacArthur Blvd
Oakland,
CA
US

Standard Plumbing Ace Hardware facilitates home-improvement projects and everyday repairs with an array of wares and a staff of knowledgeable handypeople. Embattled emperors can secure their castles by installing sturdy door locks ($9.99+), impede enemy avian messengers’ flight paths with window screens ($8.99+), or create a dry moat of venus flytraps with garden tools ($3.99+). New showerheads ($9.99+) can improve bathing enjoyment and relax vocal cords for water-accompanied arias, and smoke alarms ($8.99+) prevent disaster when dining-room campfires get too rowdy. With more than 50,000 items also available for special order, Standard Plumbing Ace Hardware can equip utility belts with all the supplies needed to tighten up a squeaky home or install a toilet in the living room.

6122 Geary Blvd
San Francisco,
CA
US

Winner of the 2010 ENERGY STAR Award for Sustained Excellence, Lowe's has been helping customers conserve energy and expletives with home improvement, gardening, and hardware solutions for every budget. With the store's friendly handypeople as their guide, nail-pounding novices and seasoned remodelers alike can outfit their toolbox for any undertaking with more than 6,000 products between $25 and $50. Impress spouses and annoy car-pooling coworkers by ably installing ceiling fans into your car roof. Add lighting fixtures to darkling domiciles, or finally finish your back yard's Super Mario Bros. level with Lowe's garden tools. The store can also mix together a rainbow of hues for painting projects involving dining rooms, nurseries, and sweat lodges. Afterwards, you can clean up the dust with a 6-Gallon HP Wet/dry Shop Vac ($44.97), or rinse off caulk-covered corpuses under the Moen Brushed Nickel 7 Spray Pattern Shower Massager ($49.98). Regardless of your mission, the accommodating staff at Lowe's will offer expert advice for completing your home's improvements.

491 Bay Shore Blvd
San Francisco,
CA
US

Hardware store

1061 Folsom St
San Francisco,
CA
US