I needed some chrome whatnots and doo-dads for my motorcycle, and these sorts of things are tough to come by in a retail fashion. Sure you can order anything online - but that won't help you if you need to experiment.
I was able to take a farkle and a mount in to Gate City and play with the nuts and bolts to find the exact piece(s) that would suit my needs. You can't do that with a website...
They guys at Gate City were extremely friendly and helpful, and they had an OK selection of Chrome fasteners, a pretty good selection of Stainless fasteners, and tons of other fasteners too.
Chrome bolts of course are more expensive than regular bolts, yet the fellow at the register pointed out that a guy will spend $3000 on chrome bolts for his motorcycle but not $100 on nails for his house. I wholeheartedly agree, one does have to have priorities.
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