Germantown Hardware's home-necessity experts work to equip abode owners with the lawn and garden accouterments, hardware, hand tools, and painting supplies for residential projects and regular maintenance. Stay prepared for outdoor projects and solar-power outages with a 100-foot extension cord, designed with durable vinyl casing and solid molded plugs ($31.99), or enforce accuracy and restraining orders with a 25-foot Stanley tape measure ($6.99). Lock-back utility knives fold away for maximum safety and accessibility ($13.99), and gallons of Valspar interior latex paint can be purchased in packs of four ($55.96) to ensure that rooms are fully clothed. In addition to tools and supplies for dressing residential interiors, Germantown Hardware carries housewares, sporting goods, and hobby equipment, such as Sceptor snowboards for surmounting snowy hills in the winter or navigating workshops overtaken by sawdust ($23.99).
With spring spreading like a bag of spilled gravy, now is the ideal time to throw open the windows and get home-care projects underway. Pick up a Steel Grip six-piece screwdriver set ($8.49), a VPT rip hammer ($6.29), and a whole bunch of screws, anchors, and bolts (prices vary), and you'll be ready to finally mount every buffalo nickel and steel penny in your coin collection. Illuminate the newfound décor with a 12-pack of Ace light bulbs ($21.48), the better to see by as you make use of a Purdy Chinex Slide paint brush ($14.99–$19.99). If you need to match paint to a favorite coverlet or choose a hue that complements a pleather recliner, each store offers a paint-matching service free of charge, or you can get keys made for your home or your car thanks to their automotive chip key cutting service.
True to its name, Dixie Rents and its subsidiary, Party Concepts, rent out all manner of equipment for construction and landscaping projects along with furnishings and play equipment for big fetes. Dixie's arsenal of machinery, including generators, log splitters, and backhoes, teams up with propane-tank refills and airless paint sprayers to tackle home-improvement and construction goals. For party rentals, Party Concepts' expansive inventory suits most any occasion, from wedding décor such as candelabra, skirted tables, and wine fountains to business-conference gear such as podiums and dunk tanks.
Magnolia Lighting's stockade illuminates living quarters with sundry lighting fixtures and home accents. Guests can peruse the expansive showroom rife with crystal chandeliers, lavish candelabras, and teardrop lights artfully suspended from the ceiling. Decorative accessories such as Light Charms magnetic crystals ($42) spruce up chandeliers and a variety of outdoor lighting options shed light on patios and walkways. Patrons can curl up with a book or ancient Greek tablet by the flame of a Lafco candle ($55)—lauded as one of Oprah's “Favorite Things”—and decorative mirrors ($89 for a 44"x32" model) spruce up empty walls and fool gullible eyes into thinking rooms are larger than they actually are.
With 70,000 square feet of hands-on displays, Cole’s Home Solutions arms DIY decorators with tools and trinkets for domicile makeovers. Shoppers can pick up everything from a Majesty Bells wind chime ($22.40) to a plastic suet and seed bird feeder ($42.97) to deck out porches, as well as fine metal dishes and bowls from Beatriz Ball.