I’m working on a remodeling project and have spent a lot of time this last week, including this holiday weekend, in and out of hardware stores. And they’re empty. Yesterday, Sunday, mid-afternoon at Home Depot, there were four employees at the paint counter with nothing to do.
A summer long weekend is prime time for home projects. The projections have been that fewer people will drive somewhere because of gas prices. New snow in the Sierra will have canceled a lot of trips to the mountains. So more people are home — able to do those repair and remodel projects.
And the hardware stores are empty?!?