Vermonters have a do-it-yourself attitude. Steeped in a history of self-reliance comes the desire to do things right on one’s own, including many DIY farm, home, and business projects. The upshot is that we have some excellent, local hardware stores available all across the Green Mountain State. Here are our 10 favorites.
Erskine’s is an old-fashioned hardware and feed store that specializes in farm supplies, feed for farm animal & pets, garden supplies, hand tools, and syrup-making equipment as well as bird seed, growing supplies, and soil amendments. Established in 1952, you won’t find a single cellphone or computer in the joint, and the business does not have a website—just the way an old-fashioned hardware store should be.
The Pick and Shovel is a labyrinth of aisles, and they have everything but the kitchen sink, literally—and they even have those too! Since 1975, you can find items like, clothing, footwear, outdoor gear, and maple sugaring equipment. But you can also find an in-store pet shop, beekeeping supplies, hardware & building materials, appliances, tools, animal feed, grass seed, pool & patio items, farm & garden equipment, and an in-store ice cream shop.
Bethel Mills comprises a combination of businesses, including Central Supplies, Brandon Lumber & Millwork, Hancock Building Supply, and Britton’s Lumber & Hardware. The kitchen and bath center offers a wide variety of cabinets and countertops, and you can find lumber and hardware of all kinds in one convenient location. And reputation and dependability could not be more woven into the fabric of a store that has been serving the communities of Bethel, Randolph, Brandon, Hancock, and Taftsville for over 200 years.
Londonderry Hardware has been independently owned and operated since 1978. And they offer pet food & supplies, animal grain, ice/fishing gear, small appliances, automotive items, window & screen repair, and generators. Plus you can find paint, lawn & garden items, electrical & more.
R.K. Miles was established in 1886, and, in 1992, Richard K. Miles took ownership of the resulting flagship store in Manchester Center. With multiple locations, R.K. offers lumber & building materials, door & windows, a custom millwork shop, hardware & home supplies, paint, kitchen & bath items, work apparel & tools, shed & garage packages, lighting, and more.
A Do It Best retailer, J & H is family owned and operated by the Haskins Family with a store featuring over 12,000 square-feet of space. An equipment rental center as well as a store featuring over 120,000 products, J&H has been in operation since 2007. Find plumbing & heating equipment, electrical supplies, painting supplies, lawn & garden equipment, power tools, key cutting, and UPS shipping & drop-off services, as well as household items and more.
Bibens Home Center was founded in Springfield, Vermont, in 1949 by Eric R. Bibens. That store has more than double since then to 12,500 square-feet of retail space and remains in operation today. Find Bibens all over Vermont, but, remember, each store is family-owned and operated, and the customer is always the number one priority.
A member of one of the largest building material co-ops in the nation, Curtis Lumber ensures large inventories at fair prices. Established in 1890 and based originally on a saw mill business, direct shipments and tight volume pricing are what sets Curtis apart. And, whether you are a homeowner, contractor, or commercial firm, be sure to check Curtis Lumber Co. for the best price on lumber, doors, hardware, and tools.
From contractors to weekend warriors, get Benjamin Moore, flooring from Karastan, Mannington, and custom cabinets and countertops designed to fit any style and budget. Serving the Mad River Valley for over 50 years, Bisbee’s has an expert staff that can help you plan your entire kitchen and all in one place.
W.W. Building Supply is a lumber yard with over 40 years of experience. Offering a wide variety of products to help you see your projects through to the end, W.W. fosters customer relationships to make sure customers are satisfied with their products. Their knowledgeable, friendly staff treat you like a neighbor, and, as a True Value retailer, they stand by their products.