Having fallen out of fashion for a few years, traditional ironmongery and hardware is undergoing a resurgence in popularity. With creaking wooden floors, floor to ceiling wooden shelves and a jangling bell when the door opens.
The beauty of the traditional hardware shop was the sensation that you could buy absolutely ANYTHING, while basking in the aroma of 3 in 1 oil, key cutting and fertiliser. These days traditonal goods have bridged the gap between the olden days and the modern world extremely well, with thriving high-street outlets defying the recession and a strong online presence to back them up. Wares of Knutsford is a classic example.
Enamelware from Wares of Knutsford
The kind of enamel mugs omnipresent on camping or fishing trips are available with matching teapots, plates and other accessories in the classic white with a blue rim or a range of other colours. Enamelware pie dishes and roasting pans are a way to access the trend if you’re not so keen on outdoor adventures.
Household Care from Wares of Knutsford
The smells of Antiquax, grate polish and Bar Keeper’s Friend evoke an earlier time but their cleaning properties have rarely been bettered by their modern equivalents. Bar Keeper’s Friend in particular can be used for an infinite number of household chores. Wicker baskets, traditional candles, jug mops and wooden dolly pegs can all have a helpful place in the modern home and can be found at traditional hardware suppliers like Wares of Knutsford.
Jars and Bottles
For jam jars Knutsford has the full range, both of preserving bottles and jars in addition to maslin pans and all the accessories you might need for preserving. You can buy individually or take advantage of bulk buy rates for larger orders, which is handy if you’re cooking up a large batch of jam or chutney to give as gifts or you have a glut of a particular fruit to use up. Don’t forget a thermometer, funnel, jar covers, labels and a strainer. Apart from preserving kits and jam jars Wares of Knutsford has baking equipment including the Mason Cash and Kitchen Craft ranges, plus traditional storage jars such as Mason, Kilner and Le Parfait jars.
The household section is full of wood, wicker and galvanised items, the traditional materials your grandparents would have used, while kitchenware is based around pottery and cast iron, but often given an update with modern, bold colours.
The products might be steeped in tradition but the internet is proving the ideal place to maintain the classic domestic rules and values.