Stacked from top to bottom with goods, Placerville Hardware has spent many years serving the population of Placerville. Not only has the store been around for years but when checking out the shelves, customers will find that the inventory at the store has something for everybody.
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“It’s the oldest hardware store west of the Mississippi,” said owner Albert Fausel. “We’ve got a hardware side and we’ve got a housewares side for the ladies. We have our unique floors and nail bins. You name an item and usually we have it somewhere hidden in a drawer in here.”
The store, located at 441 Main St. in Placerville, has shelving stacked nearly to the ceiling and still features rolling ladders so employees can reach the highest shelves to obtain whatever the customer needs.
“We have very friendly employees who help any customer that comes through the door,” he said. “During Christmas, which is our busiest time of year, we really have a great time with the locals supporting us down here.”
He added it’s sort of a tradition to shop on Main Street and keep the local businesses going during the holidays.
“It’s a great place to come in,” Fausel said. “We still sell mining equipment.”
A unique feature on the counter are the gold slots which were used by miners to pay for items. According to Fausel, a miner would come in the store, find his items and then pour gold dust in the slots.
“For holiday shopping, metal detectors are really hot,” he said. “We’ve got a good selection of pocket knives made in the USA. I’ve got tons of cooking, baking and housewares items. Our crockpots right now are really hot. It’s kind of hard to find a good crockpot.”
He added a lot of different toys and cooking items are also available.
“We have teapots, a lot of fireplace utensils and a lot of different items,” he said. “You’ll just have to come in and check them out.”
Fausel said the store is also carrying locally made Christmas ornaments.
Store hours are Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sunday 9 a.m-5 p.m. During the holiday season, Fausel said that on the weekends, the hours will be extended as long as customers are in the store.
For more information on Placerville Hardware visit placervillehardware.com or call 530-622-1151.