Free Handyman

All American Home Center

Or, in my case, handywoman. Now that I am done with the academic school year, I am helping out my aging parents at their house. I am changing precariously placed light bulbs, moving out old furniture, and (gasp!) helping them clean out the garage.

I find myself needing tools and supplies, and I hate the big box retailers like Lowe’s and Home Depot. Many neighborhoods have lost the mom and pop hardware stores; otherwise, they are not well known.

Living in Downey, however, means I can go to the All-American Home Center, which has been a local, family-owned business for nearly 50 years. Many of my friends back in high school had their first job there. Even though a Home Depot opened right next door, they’ve managed to stay competitive.

All-American Home Center

7201 East Firestone Blvd.

Downey CA 90241

(562) 927-8666

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  1. Places like that are real gems. I missed our old Ace Hardware when it closed a few years ago.

    It was who knows HOW old, but it did stock all sorts of odd fittings and widgets all the old houses in town needed. It was as we say in the car restoration madness “new old stock”. In other words the original stuff in the original box gathering dust until we needed it to fix some old bit of plumbing in our 1950’s and older homes. Home Crepot doesn’t stock that stuff their answer is to replumb the whole house.

    Of course our local ACE went out of business when Home Crepot arrived. Those big boxes just whittle away at the cool old stores full of stuff we actually needed.

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