I cut my teeth as a young employee in part by working in a hardware store back in the summer of 2014. Hardware stores are magical places, and they’re perfect places to be if you want to learn about home maintenance over a summer. There are some experiences you can get at a hardware store that you can’t get anywhere else.
Here are some of my favorite memories from that time:
- Worrying about freezing my hands off/blowing things up when filling propane tanks for customers.
- Dust-mopping the entire store like a boss
- Becoming an expert in finding out where things are and where they belong (and no longer looking like a buffoon when customers come in)
- Organizing merchandise neatly on shelves, indulging my OCD and perfectionism to great effect
- Finally understanding how SKU numbers work to help with inventory management
- Learning how to work a point of sale system made in the 90s
- Listening to the same 10 country songs a few dozen times
- Driving the forklift (and getting it stuck)
- Puzzling through the massive wall of screws and the other massive wall of plumbing supplies before ultimately calling Bill over for help
- Using the key-cutting machine like a boss (without losing an eye to flying sparks)