Needed one of those sandpaper pencil sharpeners. Easy enough to make
but they're under a buck, or were last time I needed one, so why bother.
None of the office supply places had them, or the arts and crafts
places (Michaels actually has a pretty good stock of drafting
equipment). Blick did but that's a 70 mile drive and the bike is out of
commission. Could find them online but the shipping is ludicrous. Was
in Rockville with a few minutes to spare so checked Crystal Blueprint.
Had them for 80 cents a pop.
Needed a couple of window screen hooks--all the usual suspects had them
for aluminum frame screens but not for wood frame. Was on the way to
Parkerville for some boards and passed by Star Hardware in
Ellington--figured I'd give them a try. They had them.
While I was there though I noticed that they had a very nice stock of
small hinges and latches and the like, reasonably priced, including some
that I'd had to order from Lee Valley a few years back.
Anyway, if you're in the Hartford area those are a couple of places
worth looking for "old school" oddments.