Category Archives: Just for fun

Chip Clips: Not just for chips anymore.

Use Kikkerland’s Animal Farm Chip Clips ($.7.00/3pk) for Lays, Frito Lay and Taro or…Animal Farm chip clips

For the centerpiece of your mini hobby house decor like the folks at Mini Modern did. Love.

Mini hobby house

Make Your Own Terrarium

Courtney at our Waverly store, loves a dainty terrarium. Her tips for making one of your own. You can pick up all the ingredients at our stores.

Step 1: Choose a container. Any clear container will work, like a vase, aquarium, or Mason jar.

Step 2: Add first layer of coarse sand or pebbles. This bottom layer allows for good water drainage.

Step 3: Add second layer of activated charcoal or carbon. Charcoal filters the air in the terrarium and assists with gas exchange. It can be found at any aquarium supply store. A must with closed containers, but can be skipped with open containers.

Step 4: Add third layer of spaghnum moss. Moss allows water to move through the terrarium but prevents soil from falling to the bottom. A very fine screen would also work but needs to be replaced once rusted.

Step 5: Add soil. Regular potting soil will do, but quick draining soil used for cacti or palms works best. Good drainage is key to happy plants! Try Miracle Gro Garden Soil For Palm, Cactus and Citrus Trees.

Step 6: Add plants. Place the plants so they are set in the soil. Cover any exposed roots with soil. Succulents, moss, mushrooms, air plants, cacti, and many other varieties of plants do well in terrariums. You could even collect moss from outside for decoration!

Step 7: Decorate. Personalize your terrarium by adding rocks, gems, figurines, or anything else that brings joy and happiness to you!

Step 8: Enjoy your terrarium! Allow soil to dry between watering.

I Scream, U Scream

cool cones

We all scream for ice cream COOL CONES.

While we love an old-fashioned cake cone over here, lord is it hot outside — meaning ice cream doesn’t stand a chance and that flaky wafer will be dripping mush in 5 seconds flat. Enter Cool Cones. They are colorful plastic receptacles that kinda operate like a push pop, except you fill it with ice cream. There’s even a cap for you save-it-for-later folks. Use again and again. ($3.99 for a 2-pack, HA0063)

March Madness TV Raffle Update – 2 TVs!

two tvs

Two TVs are better than one.

We reached our 2,000 tickets-sold threshold (thank you to everyone who donated!) and so the pot just got sweeter with one more 40-inch HDTV up for grabs! That’s right. We are now raffling TWO TVs. Pretty awesome, right?

Buy $1 tickets at any of our stores and Old Town Hardware in Alexandria.



Win a 40-inch HDTV this month!


How great would it be to watch FINAL4 games on this baby?


In honor of the best basketball month ever and our fave charity, we set up a fundraiser/raffle for a 40-inch HDTV. When you donate $1 to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals you are automatically entered to win.

Buy as many tickets as you like (no purchase necessary)


every time we sell 2,000 tickets, we’ll ADD ANOTHER TV.

Raffle tickets sold: 3/1 to 3/28

Drawing: 3/29

Winner(s) can pick up the TV just in time to watch the Final 4 games in crystal clear LCD glory.

Participating stores:

DC Area
Logan Hardware, 1416 P St. NW
Glover Park Hardware, 2251 Wisconsin Ave. NW
Tenleytown Ace Hardware, 4500 Wisconsin Ave. NW
5th Street Ace Hardware, 1055 5th St. NW
Old Takoma Ace Hardware, 7001 Carroll Ave., Takoma Park, MD
Old Town Hardware, 809 S. Washington St., Alexendria, VA

Federal Hill Ace Hardware,1214 Light St.
Waverly Ace Hardware, 601 Homestead St.

Get Your Weekend Back – and other Ace mantras

Urban Hardware Stores Rule

Ladies’ Night: Makeover Madness

20% off your purchase during the event!


Buh Bye Christmas!

Can you believe it’s over?? We can’t, either.  Couple things to ease the pain:

1. 50% off Holiday supplies (except lights) through Friday / 25% off tree stands. It’s never too early to ease the rush for next year.

2. Santa pics. Oh my. These are HULarious. (Santa is Eric @ Old Takoma Ace). More here.

santa at old takoma ace

Hey! That’s my drink!

vacuvin party people wine glass markers

The party is right here kids.

We are a little in love with VacuVin’s Glass Markers Party People (they suction to any smooth surface)  not only because they make the *perfect* hostess gift for less than $10 ($8.99!), but also because they come in 12 different personalities that you match up to your guests including:

Cool, sneaky, naughty, veggie, mysterious, macho, jolly, honest, devilish, deep, curious & cuddly. (Hopefully you’ve only invited one Jersey Shore cast member, or else you’re looking at an arm wrestling contest for the macho character.)

They’re colorful, they’re fun and as the web site purports, they’ll stick around longer than most guests.

Wine charms are so 2004.