Lorien and I were in need of some retail therapy, and where better to go than Benny’s?? Their tagline is ‘your favorite store’, and I think they’re right. We love Benny’s. It’s got that old school hardware store feel, reminiscent of times before the giant Home Depots. They have everything from paint supplies, to gardening tools, to kitchen supplies and camping gear…plus other more obscure knick knacks. Just what we were looking for.
Joanna’s finds: After much deliberation, and poking around, I settled on some awesome accessories for gardening this season (I had to have restraint to not fill my carriage). I’ve done a fair amount of research on gardening hoses, and was so shocked to find out most of them contain lead that seeps into the water over time and grows into vegetables (gross). After many unsuccessful searches for a ‘drinking water safe’ hose at the bigger garden centers, I found what I was looking for at Benny’s (this happens all the time – they have all the good brands). This never-kink hose is made for boats and campers and is safe for watering veggies. Plus – it never kinks…..or so it says.
I also found these replacement lids for Ball canning jars. I suppose I could have ordered them online, but I kept forgetting to do it. The lids always rust after being used, so you need to replace them each time you use the glass for pickling. Of course they had them at Benny’s. I finished of my shopping with some natural bamboo stakes for the garden. Believe it or not the bigger garden center only had the died green stakes, which I think are kind of terrible looking, so score again at Benny’s. I’m not exaggerating (and they’re not paying me) when I say that I always leave this place pleasantly surprised with their inventory. Cheers to a successful shopping trip!
Lorien’s Finds: One can spend hours in Benny’s and find a million of reasons to buy pretty much everything in the store…. all of a sudden I found myself wanting a dart board, to paint my walls, to buy tons of tupperware, beach chairs, a grill….you really can find everything you want at Benny’s. But once I started to focus, I realized they had a lot of things for my kitchen, I’ve been needing to put the finishing touches on the corner that surrounds our large hutch…..
First up, I found a nice collection of frames that were the perfect size for two prints I’ve been wanting to hang up FOREVER, one from Craftland and the other from Jill Bliss. Most of the frames at Benny’s were black, but that worked out for me since most of the frames I have in my home are also black. And for $7.99 and $10.99, the prices are hard to beat ( We totally sound like Benny’s salespeople but it’s so easy to get on the Benny’s bandwagon once you’ve been).
Then I actually found a bicycle basket for $10 that I want to use for storage for knick knacks. It’s a little weird and unconventional, but it’s actually perfect size for my kitchen. The part that would go over the handles is perfect for hanging up, I just have to get a little handy and a little DIY. There is actually a larger basket that I want to go back for, it will be great to hold my magazines and books for the family room.
Who knew Benny’s would be the place to go for cutting boards? They have such a selection of sizes and prices of cutting boards… which was fantastic since I needed a large cutting board to cover the surface of our hutch, we basically needed something to act like a big coaster. Since it’s a good size, it will also act as tray when we eat outside on our porch…and as the perfect cheese platter.. gotta love Benny’s.