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Hello, fellow hardware admirer:
You never met a screw, washer, button, mismatched snap, or broken needle that you could throw away. Small hardware is both a blessing and a curse. You have saved all of those little square obsolete historic washers and ancient fuses that are no longer used and exquisite copper pin nails that are slightly bent but still. . .you thought you could use them someday.
Perhaps you have a jumble of coffee cans filled with random hardware that you've been meaning to sort. Perhaps you have everything (and this would be our dream too) delightfully washed and categorized into small baby food jars.
Sometimes, you find the perfect nail or screw among your stash, but if you admit it to yourself (and never, ever, EVER to anyone else), you just hope that someday someone will have a use for your hardware treasures and will take your hardware and, if it is at all possible, LOVE and CHERISH your hardware even more than you do. Not only would your hardware be used, perhaps it would be used to CREATE A MONUMENT TO HARDWARE.
Something beautiful that will be used, adored, and admired everyday by small children, their parents, and their grandparents. You are thinking that your hardware stash could go down in history.
That day has come -- we are a bunch of artists making cool translucent sculptures in exclusively for public libraries to attract children and families to visit regularly, check out books, and read.
One of our sculptures is a large structure called a SPYCRAFT where we use large quantities of hardware to make a vehicle of every imagination so that you could pretend you are zooming to the moon or diving under water or rushing off to save someone from a fire.
If you have that collection (or some spare of that collection), we'd love to hear from you and chat about donating it or (if it is in that perfect presorted and washed condition) selling it to us for the children.
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