Cecelia's articles are illustrated by Allan who enjoys photography. Cecelia is also the author of: "Silver Springtime", "All for Love", "Mystic Evermore" and the new release: "Faith and Love". https://creativearts2009-picturefiles.blogspot.com/
Published July 21st 2016
Did you know Bunnings serve a decent cappuccino?
The beginning of a weekend or long weekend can inspire a desire to get things fixed around the house or complete a special project in the backyard. This requires a trip to a hardware store, such as Bunnings for essential tools and supplies.
Bunnings has been cleverly designed so that you can take the whole family along and there will be items of interest for all. There is even a children's play area, alongside the cafeteria where you can get a coffee and sandwich or piece of cake. Bunnings stores are also furnished with public toilets because a long shopping trip might need a comfort stop.
1) Specials displays These are found out the front and either side of the entrance. Other specials are dotted along the wider isles. Specials range from cheap tools to handy ladders, garden hoses and ornaments.
These may be found in areas ranging from the gardening section to the power tools section. For the men - remember how you liked that battery operated toy when you were young? Well this is bigger, roars louder and really cuts, mows or drills! For the ladies – just imagine all the pictures he could hang or how nice your front garden would look if you bought him one of those!
3) The Nursery Section Bunnings have an extensive range of plants. These include seedlings, bulbs and fully flowering bushes. It is easy to fall in love with something. It is a bit harder to make it take at home in the garden, but that is another story.
4) Home decorating I can spend an hour looking at swatches and choosing the perfect colour for my décor. I usually walk out with white paint because it is more practical and does not have to be mixed, but it is still fun. There are also displays of carpet, linoleum, tiles and splashbacks. Not to mention flat packed-kitchen cupboards, sinks and taps.
5) Electrical and lighting Items range from fittings an electrical should really install, to plug-and play cords and light bulbs.
6) Wood and building supplies
If you have a certain project in mind and know exactly what you need, this is a good area. Some expertise may be required, but staff are also ready to advise. Supplies range from gyp-rock and treated pine to bags of cement or render.
7) Fasteners, locks and fittings A new hook or latch is always handy. There is a huge range of screws, nails, bolts, rivets and other metal-ware.
8) The D-I-Y information bar
Bunnings produce a number of flyers on repair and hobby projects. The smallest flyers are free to pick up and take home. Thicker booklets may have a low cost. I love this section and have collected a small filing cabinet's worth of instruction leaflets during different visits to the store.
So take the whole family along to Bunnings on the weekend. Handy men and women can get the tools and supplies they need. Not-so-handy men or women can get advice and drool over the displays of ready to install items they can purchase. The children can play in the play area while Mum and Dad's relax with a coffee. There is something fun or educational for all.
(This review was based on Bunnings Prospect, but Bunnings stores are reliable Australia-wide.)