1879 – Hardware Store – Halstead, KS

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Added to OHD on 8/1/17   -   Last OHD Update: 4/12/20   -   47 Comments
Off Market / Archived

208 Main St in Halstead, KS 67056

  • Online Auction
  • 4750 Sq Ft
  • 1.17 Ac.
ONLINE REAL ESTATE AUCTION TO BE LIVE MONDAY, JULY 10TH AND ENDING ON FRIDAY, AUGUST 25TH AT 5PM. THIS PROPERTY MAY SALE PRIOR TO THE AUCTION WITH ACCEPTABLE OFFER. ARE YOU READY TO MAKE A CHANGE IN YOUR LIFE? Imagine owning and operating your own piece of Kansas history – “The Old Hardware Store” in Halstead, KS will soon be on the auction block. The building was constructed in 1879 during the era of Old West outlaws and lawmen. When you step in the front door, you take a step back in time. Filled with authentic antique hardware, the Old Hardware Store has thousands of restoration pieces dating from Mid-Century back to the 1870s. Organized and categorized in the original old oak parts cabinets and bins, hinges, door knobs, and Victorian furniture pulls have a story to tell. People travel from all over the country looking for hardware to restore their family heirlooms and Victorian homes. They can walk over the plank and brick flooring, view the tin ceiling and have their purchases wrapped in brown paper and string. Additionally being sold with this business is an online 5-star catalog of 1500 items. This catalog is a global business, being shipped throughout the United States and abroad! Do you have a passion for architectural history? Do you want a job that you love and look forward to every day? Are you ready for the small town life with the big city perks only minutes away? Don’t let this auction slip by you. It is time for a change! Keep our history alive by buying, owning and operating The Old Hardware Store, one of the few remaining pre-1900 hardware stores still operating. THIS PROPERTY IS SELLING IN THE PRESENT CONDITION AND IS ACCEPTED BY THE BUYER(S) WITHOUT ANY EXPRESSED OR IMPLIED WARRANTIES OR REPRESENTATIONS FROM THE SELLER(S) OR HIS(HER) AGENT(S). IT IS INCUMBENT UPON THE BUYER(S) TO EXERCISE HIS(HER) OWN DILIGENCE PRIOR TO BIDDING ON THIS PROPERTY, IT IS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE PROSPECTIVE PURCHASER(S) TO HAVE ALL INSPECTIONS COMPLETED PRIOR TO THE AUCTION DAY INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO ROOF, STRUCTURE, TERMITE,ENVIRONMENTAL, GROUNDWATER, FLOOD DESIGNATION, PRESENCE OF LEAD-BASED PAINT AND/OR LEAD-BASED PAINT HAZARDS PRESENCE OF MOLD, ELECTRICAL, MECHANICAL, PLUMBING AND ANY OTHER DESIRED INSPECTIONS, IF ANY. INFORMATION GIVEN IS FROM SOURCES DEEMED RELIABLE BUT NOT GUARANTEED BY SELLER(S) OR THE REALTOR(S)/AUCTIONEER(S). ANNOUNCEMENTS MADE THE DAY OF THE AUCTION TAKE PRECEDENCE OVER ANYTHING PREVIOUSLY STATED OR PRINTED, THERE WILL BE A BUYERS PREMIUM AT THIS SALE, THE EARNEST MONEY AMOUNT DUE AT THE AUCTION FROM THE HIGH BIDDER WILL BE 10% OF THE PURCHASE PRICE.
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47 Comments on 1879 – Hardware Store – Halstead, KS

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  1. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11835 comments
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    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Thanks Ross for sharing this one!

    • RossRoss says: 2467 comments
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      1894 QueenAnneFreeClassic
      Emporia, KS

      Thanks Kelly for posting it!

      This is not far from me and I have enjoyed many a visit! And made many a purchase! Often up/down the fabulous rolling ladder in the images!

      Margaret saved the building and restored it. When you look at the BEFORE images it is amazing how much she accomplished.

      The second floor is unrestored and would make a fabulous apartment for the owner. Live above the store!

      The building is in a small town but close to Wichita. If one focused on expanding the internet presence of the business, I think one might do well.

      Anyway, being inside the store is akin to suddenly stepping into a movie. Just magical.

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    • peeweebcpeeweebc says: 1069 comments
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      1885 Italianate.
      MI

      What a gem! It’s like ‘walking’ into the hardware store on the Waltons only bigger and more stuff! My husband would dig this.

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  2. Joe says: 754 comments

    I feel like I need to use the old saying, “youth is wasted on the young.”

    I have reached a point in my life when I would know what to do with this place to do it right, but have so many commitments already that I don’t think I will live long enough that I would be able to do this property justice. It makes me feel like a kid in a candy store who knows he can’t have any candy. I would like a tour, though. I would like to look in every cabinet and drawer to see what is there.

    Please Kelly, will you feature The Fountain of Youth next.

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  3. LindyL says: 10 comments

    This is the most beautiful hardware store I have ever seen. I love old stores like this, but they are often dimly lit, too cramped to walk through, and very musty/dusty. This is nothing like that! Lovely!

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  4. Bethany Otto says: 3498 comments

    The guys from American Pickers would like this place.

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  5. Frank KLEIN says: 2 comments

    Just one word WOW!!!

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  6. Frank KLEIN says: 2 comments

    Just one word. Wow

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  7. Julles says: 534 comments

    I feel like Burgess Meredith is wandering around in an apron asking “What would you like?”. Because he surely has it but sometimes getting what you want can lead you into the twilight zone!

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  8. BungalowGirl says: 141 comments

    I just died a little inside because I cannot have it…but, I will dream about it tonight, I’m sure.

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  9. LynneKy says: 10 comments

    Magical is the perfect description! Hollywood studios couldn’t build a more perfect set and certainly not at that price. What a treasure someone will gain. Love it.

  10. Melissa Kradas says: 7 comments

    I wish the town could make this a museum.

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    • Tilliejam2 says: 2 comments

      I thought it was a museum Melissa – What a marvelous place. I collect, make miniatures and miniature dioramas (1/2 inch scale). I just completed an old fashion, turn-of-the-century, general store and I want to do another one so I was looking for photos of stores for inspiration and this store has inspired me above and beyond any other(s).

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  11. Barrine says: 33 comments

    What a marvel !! A few years back I was in a place in Winfield, AL that was a little similar to this, but quite a bit less awesome. Wish I could pick this place up and move to to where I live – Cape May County, NJ. Would be PERFECT for my business.

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  12. Colleen J says: 1168 comments

    I feel like I’ve stepped back in time, and that’s just fine!

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  13. LouB says: 81 comments

    Holy Cats!
    This is the hardware store of my dreams.
    There was a hardware / farm stuff / feed store very reminiscent of this when my folks lived in Sterling, IL back in the 60’s
    If they didn’t have it, you didn’t need it.

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  14. MonChiChiPox says: 209 comments

    Look at those door knobs. I used to collect those when I was a kid. Those and old keys.

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  15. Rob Thomas says: 1 comments

    Leave this place alone!!.only love will buy it because only love can take care of her..I need to see it in real time..

  16. Liz Little says: 4 comments

    Thanks for more Kansas and Missouri posts. I have registered to be able to make a bid on this property and we will go see it next week. This hardware encompasses everything I am looking for! I am interested Joe’s advise if we get it.

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    • Laurie W. says: 1747 comments

      Here’s wishing you success! It must have somebody to love it thoroughly. What a shame my father isn’t still around — he would’ve gotten lost in there & never come home, happily!

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    • peeweebcpeeweebc says: 1069 comments
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      1885 Italianate.
      MI

      And if you do, you know you have to show us updates 🙂 Good luck!

    • julie A.julie A. says: 160 comments
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      1914 foursquare farmhouse
      New Germany, MN

      We could only hope you get it and start a blog of Ye Old Hardware Store! This place is totally amazing! Halstead Kansas could be the next destination hotspot!! Anything is possible!! Good Luck!

    • Joe says: 754 comments

      I hope you get it too. Unfortunately my knowledge of how to do this is from a lifetime of accumulating little bits of knowledge through trial and error, listening to others, reading, and I don’t know what. I would be happy to give you advice if you get the store. Just be aware that what works for me might not work for you.

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  17. says: 104 comments

    Thank you Kelly and Ross for posting this beautiful hardware store!! I would truly love to have something like this of my own. We need more places like this rather than the “big” stores.

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  18. Will says: 61 comments

    A truly amazing time capsule. I wish it were near me. Those back work rooms are a dream for a guy like me.

    I may be wrong, but it appears that the business and contents are for sale but not the whole building. I was thinking a person could live upstairs and use the rest as business, but there are no pictures of the top floor, nor does it show in the virtual tour. On the outside you can see a separate entrance that looks like it probably goes to the upstairs. It will be harder to sell if indeed the entire building is not what is for sale.

    • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11835 comments
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      1901 Folk Victorian
      Chestatee, GA

      Pretty sure it’s the entire building AND the contents.

      • Ross says: 2467 comments

        You are correct, Kelly. The whole thing is for sale.

        The last three images are of the second floor. It has not been restored.

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      • Jeff White says: 2 comments

        Yes, and just to clarify– the staircase on the lefthand side of the building goes up to a landing with two doors: one to the building on the left, and one to the upstairs of the hardware store. Nothing to the left of that staircase is included in the sale– it is a completely different property not currently on the market and not connected to the store in any way.

        The storefront of the Hardware Store, the entire collection of antique hardware, and the online e-commerce platform are included in the sale. As well as the mentorship opportunity from Margaret herself. It’s designed to be an all-in-one starter package for the store’s next successful owner.

        Hope this helps!

        Also, everyone may find the Facebook Live broadcast we just did this morning at the Store extremely helpful. Margaret tells her story, shares about the day-to-day operation of the Store, and gives us a sneak peek at some of her favorite aspects of the collection. It was a lot of fun to film, and I hope you enjoy it.

        https://www.facebook.com/selectauction/videos/1420130134733072/

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  19. JoeD says: 20 comments

    $50K! They’re only asking Fifty. Thousand. Dollars? To me, there is much more than that in amazing antique inventory were a new owner Ebay inclined to sell stuff to help shore up local sales.

    Liz, I hope your bid prevails. It’s a true treasure.

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    • RossRoss says: 2467 comments
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      1894 QueenAnneFreeClassic
      Emporia, KS

      The listing is for an auction.

      It is not priced to sell at $50K.

    • Jeff White says: 2 comments

      You’re absolutely right, Joe. This is a collection worth several times that retail, not to mention the OPPORTUNITY this business represents. But 50K is a place to start, right? 🙂

  20. Warbon says: 115 comments

    I grew up with this same type of hardware store in my hometown. They had everything in there. I went looking for a circular round wick for an antique kerosene lamp and tried there first and had to go no further. The owner looked at the lamp, went upstairs (was a 3-story building), came back and had a round wick that fit that lamp perfectly. I used to use that lamp on the farm when the lights went out. After moving to town and the hardware went out of business and the building came down, I quit using the lamp. I knew I would never be able to find a wick for it again. This store looks like it would be a treat to own and go through all the treasures it has.

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  21. says: 22 comments

    I would love to see someone turn this into a bookstore.

  22. Tilliejam2 says: 2 comments

    What an amazing store. I was looking for photos for inspiration to build another miniature diorama of an old fashion, turn-of-the-century, general store in 1/2 inch scale so someone told me about this store. Simply amazing!! The photos are far beyond inspirational for me; its miraculous!!

  23. GoddessOdd says: 333 comments

    I hope someone gets this and keeps us posted on all the details… this is a great store (and I agree with Ross, I love bookstores, but why would you want to destroy this wonder?) I remember my local hardware store growing up… not a patch on this one, mind, but a deep dark little warren of boxes and drawers, where things were sold by the ounce or by the pound, packed in brown paper with a hand written receipt. The proprietor knew where every single bit and bob was located, even though there were ten thousand things. He could also teach you how to solve most every problem and was happy to create something unique if that’s what the situation called for. Yes, I agree with the previous poster… Burgess Meredith would be absolutely right!

  24. Mary-Jo Wiese says: 32 comments

    If I were 40 years younger I would consider it !!! But it is going on my list of places to go!!! I saw some lamps I would love & those crystal door handles ~ oh my !!

  25. Tommy Q says: 462 comments

    I hope someone will post how much it sells for. Great place for sure…

  26. Karen says: 1145 comments

    There is a great hardware store like this in my hometown of Lockport, NY, named Grimble’s. If you look out the back windows, you look right down into the Erie Canal. Its in a block of very nicely restored stores, a rarity in this small city, as back in the 70’s, the city fathers tore down all the wonderful old stores on Main St, in the name of urban renewal (yuck-ptooey!) The result was a bunch of empty space for years, then a bunch of new, but empty store fronts. Very sad. If you want to see a Main St that a city has done a great job of restoring, go to Corning , NY. Lockport had the same type of buildings, but Corning restored them, instead of tearing them down. Now, they all are occupied with offices, boutiques, national stores, and restaurants and bars. Its all very beautiful in Corning’s downtown.
    Anyway, whenever I need anything hardware-y, I go to Grimble’s, whether its a hard to find item, or something run of the mill. I just love the wooden floors, the smell of dust and oils, all the odd items.

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  27. JullesJulles says: 534 comments
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    Does anyone know what the bidding price is up too now? I couldn’t find any of the numbers at the online site. If it is already up to $100,000 cash, (selling absolutely everything) than I can quit dreaming and tell my husband to unpack. Hmm….I think We would sell period mantles that we would build with old lumber too, talk Ross into selling his period light fixtures and maybe some architectural salvage. Oh the dreams…

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  28. I want this! I wonder if one could live upstairs.

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