Jesus H Christ, have some inflation Phil!
I had to make a run up to the hardware store to get some bigger Wood Screws for the Gate From Hell project I am currently working on.
No big deal I figure.
So after searching around after I got there, I found a couple of little plastic boxes of pretty much what I was looking for.
Almost as an after thought, I remembered that I was having to dig through my pretty sparse collection of Metric Allen Head Bolts last night when I was working on my other little nightmare project, the Mini Lathe Extension.
Now would be the time to fill up some empty drawers I figured while I was already here.
Not too much, just a few of this and that to kind of make sure I had at least a couple of the sizes I seem to be running into, plus a few of the smaller Metric Set Screws they seem to be so fond of using.
So I put everything in the little plastic bags to kind of keep them separated and stumbled up to the check out line.
While I was picking these little fasteners out I was a bit shocked at some of the prices they were wanting for these things.
When the young lady told me what the total was I almost fell over.
That little selection of fasteners came to SIXTY DOLLARS!!!
ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME?!
This ONE little 6 mm bolt, with tax, was $1.63.
This Needle Dick Bug Fucker of a set screw was $0.36.
From what I keep seeing and hearing about the inflation supposedly coming our way, this is only going to get worse.
Makes me glad I have been buying this crap to have on hand over the last few years now.
I have at least 15 of those parts boxes with the little plastic drawers out there in the garage.
These Yellow ones are stacked two deep and there are a couple that aren’t in that picture so that would be at least 9 or ten of those alone so now that I think about it, I probably have 20 of the little parts holders out there by now.
There is also a 5 gallon bucket sitting out there with scads and scads of those little plastic bags in it, chock full of brand new fasteners of all different kinds.
I also have a bunch of the little kits you can buy with assortments of roll pins, snap rings,electrical fittings, key stock and all kinds of crap out there stashed away.
At the prices I am seeing here already, right now, I must be sitting on TWO or THREE THOUSAND dollars worth of stuff.
Probably more than that.
I guess being a Pack Rat is finally going to pay off.