Architectural Goodies at Harrison Brothers

Harrison Brothers' display window.
Harrison Brothers’ display window.

So before the St. Patrick’s Day parade on Saturday, Princess Buttercup and I were in the bowels of Harrison Brothers, digging through warped cardboard boxes to find the perfect old doorknobs to re-purpose as curtain finials.

Harrison Brothers is a treasure trove for customers who are looking to find cool (usually locally-made) gifts such as gourmet food items, pottery and jewelry, garden novelties, cast iron cookware, old-fashioned candies—like horehound candy—and more.

Door to Harrison Brothers.
Door to Harrison Brothers.

According to their website, Harrison Brothers is the “oldest operating hardware store in Alabama.” The original store was founded in 1879 and later re-opened by the Historic Huntsville Foundation. Since 1984, Harrison Brothers has been staffed with volunteer clerks.

The store is at a lovely location on South Side Square in Huntsville, Alabama.

Buttercup bought a handful of colorful marbles for 10 cents each as a reward for patiently going with me down into the basement.

Now, the basement…

…that’s the reason I wanted to go to Harrison Brothers last Saturday.

Down the rabbit hole.  The wooden stairwell.
Down the rabbit hole. The wooden stairwell.
Every first and third Saturday (or by appointment), from 10 a.m. to noon, the historical society opens the basement to the public.

You walk to the back of the store and go down the narrow, wooden staircase. There, amidst the dust, is a huge underground warehouse that’s full of architectural stuff like old doors, glass tiles, old wooden boxes, old wood, shutters, etc.

The proceeds go to the historical foundation.

The foundation is also taking donations, so please let them know if you see a house about to be demolished.

Harrison Brothers
124 South Side Square
Huntsville, AL 35801

(256) 536-3631
866-533-3631 (toll free)

P.S.: I got two big burlap bags for under $3/each! I found two other little fabric bags for cheap, too!

The marble bin.
The marble bin.

Cute stuff for sale!
Cute stuff for sale!
South Side Square.
South Side Square.
Foundation stones in the basement.
Foundation stones in the basement.

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