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Need a Tool? Need a Date? Think Outside the Box

Updated on September 21, 2010

Attention Ladies

Hi Ladies,

Do you ever go shopping in what, for the most part, can be considered a man's store? I'm talking about places that sell mostly things like tools, lawn mowers, power tools, lumber, plumbing, electrical, etc. If so, do you find it daunting? or an adventure?

Do you find it overwhelming when you go there to ask someone for the item you are looking for, then, when it's shown to you, this blank look comes across your face, because you don't have a clue if it's the right thing.  It sure wasn't like the picture you saw.  Is it the right size? And it's how much?  Gee, that's not what the ad said.

Think Outside the Box

Well, it can be to your benefit, even if you do know what you need, to pretend a little that you don't. Why, you ask? ladies! have you ever checked out the men who work there? I mean, those online dating sites have nothing over a store LOADED with testosterone! :) There is nothing more appealing to the male ego than to be able to help a woman make the right decision about buying something for her home. I once went there to buy something, and found myself checking out the appliances. This gentleman must have spent a good hour with me, explaining all the bells and whistles on the item I was looking at. So, just think of the opportunities to meet someone! There are men of all ages, heights, and I would go so far as to say most of them are quite good looking.

So, once you've picked something out, don't stop,,,wander through different departments, ask questions, lots of them, you're bound to catch someone's attention, or vice versa.

Another good thing is, a lot of these places offer free classes on how to make/fix things. Not only will you become quite educated in a particular skill, think of all the other classes you could sign up for.


Not to forget you men out there, aside from being well-versed in 'manly things', I just bet a lot of you work in those places simply to check out the women who come in there, looking so lost. What better way to show off your knowledgeable side than to walk up to someone and say 'may I help you?' A lot of women appreciate a man who knows the tools of the trade.

These stores are particularly more fun in the warmer weather, when both men and women are not hidden under 20 lbs of clothing. We all like to look, right? :) So, gentlemen, not only will you get to 'show your stuff', you just might end up with a potential date!


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    • trish1048 profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago

      Hi najasway,

      Ya, I thought it was just a bit off the beaten path lol, glad you enjoyed it.

      Thanks for stopping by,


    • najasway profile image


      10 years ago from Long Beach

      Too Funny, Patty!

      Can't wait for more hubalubbin from you!

    • trish1048 profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago

      Hi Ruthie,

      Hmmm,,,,I should probably pay close attention to what a man says, where you mention a man saying 'my wife USED to',,,,,,,that should be a red flag, cause it could be taken two ways, either his wife has passed, or she just doesn't do things for him anymore lol,,,

      But, I'm learning.  I know one thing, I zip through frozen food aisles, because I once heard a worker say to another, 'I love this job, women come thru here and you can appreciate their anatomy better',,,,seems they discovered how certain parts of our bodies react to the cold LOL,,,anyway,,NOT goin there :)

      Glad you like this hub, and thanks for writing,


    • profile image


      10 years ago

      Cute Hub and never were truer words spoken! We KNOW women are smarter than men in the long run just because of the truth about "acting" like we need help and getting it.

      One trick I've done at the hardware stores when my husband has been with me and we can't seem to get any help, is to have him move down the aisle away me, I'll flag down a helper by looking confused and/or asking a stupid question and then he moves in to get what we want. WORKS EVERY TIME!! OOPS! Hope a store worker doesn't read this!

      One thing I have noticed is that though I'm a "little long in the tooth" now and don't need or want to be looking for anyone (for a long time I hope, if ever) older gentlemen are approaching more often at the grocery store, hardware store, garden centers, department stores, Wal-Mart and even garage sales trying to strike up conversations that usually start out with "Could you help me? My wife used to do _______ and I realize I should have learned about this years ago, but do you know/how do you/could you tell me how ______."

      Hey, could it be THEY'VE read this Hub and are turning the tables on us females?!

    • trish1048 profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago

      Hi Sally,,,

      I said the same thing in my reply to Zsuzsy LOL, and I PROMISE, I hadn't read your reply yet.

      It could very well be along the lines of 'maps and directions', and the 'toilet seat thing', and not knowing where the hamper is,,,,to name a few LOL,,,,

      Thanks for commenting :)


    • trish1048 profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago

      Hi Steph! good idea! Another fun thing to do is get some help, make your purchases, go home, then realize you just happened to 'forget' something, and go back again,,,this may work but I wouldn't overdo it lol, don't wanna be tooo obvious :)

      Thanks for stopping by!


    • trish1048 profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago

      hi Zsuzsy,,,

      I hear that! I sometimes find the women know more than the men LOL,,,

      I also have fun going through the nursery area, at least there you can kinda 'weed' out the ones with a 'brown thumb' lol,,,,,

      Glad you enjoyed my hub, and thanks for writing!


    • trish1048 profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago

      Hi Marisue, glad you like it lol,,,,,,,and I promise, my lips are sealed :)

      Never underestimate a woman lol!

      PS: Just got a call, have a lunch date on Sunday :)


    • Sally's Trove profile image


      10 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

      Another great one!

      I'm with ZB, in a way. Except in a different way. I find the women who work for HD may be more knowledgeable than the men. It's been my experience, while I'm looking for that gizmo, gadget, whatnot (even if I can't describe exactly what it is), that if I go to the customer service desk, which is usually womanned by a woman, she'll tell me exactly where to find it (somehow divining from me exactly what it is I'm looking for). But if I encounter a guy in the aisle, he may know what it is, but not where to find it. Do you think this might have something to do with maps and directions?

    • stephhicks68 profile image

      Stephanie Hicks 

      10 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      This is totally fun! (great idea and the next single friend I have, I'll let her know!). Oh, the possibilities....

    • Zsuzsy Bee profile image

      Zsuzsy Bee 

      10 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      Trish! The sad thing seems to be that more often then not the 'helpers' I can find at our Home Depot are total morons. Some don't recognize their right foot from the left let alone what type of pvc pipe I might need for my next project.

      Just my luck....I loved your super duper hub

      regards Zsuzsy

    • marisuewrites profile image


      10 years ago from USA

      It just shows to go ya...that a woman on a hunt is comparable to none. We know what it takes to get our man! LOL forget the bars and dance halls, women everywhere HEAD to the Hardware Store. Who Knew?

      Trish this is priceless. shhhh I'm married so don't tell Lynn why I'm gonna volunteer to go to Home Depot (T E A S I N G )

      oi vey now I'm in trouble. too cute! =)

    • trish1048 profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago

      Hi Anne,

      Isn't this great? While you're exercising your feminine charm, you'll be learning at the same time to become even more independent, but shhhhhh,,,don't let them know that :)

      Every time I go there they have one or two classes you could sign up for, and I've often thought of taking advantage of it. Even if you don't meet 'mr. right' in one of these places, you'll certainly leave more knowledgeable than when you went in.

      I love your comment about walking by the same items over and over,,that is bound to elicit a 'may I help you' from one of those guys. Actually I think you're on the right track, to go by things that defy description, cause we certainly know what a washing machine and ceiling fan look like. There are aisles upon aisles of stuff in bags and boxes with a picture of the item perhaps, so tiny even a fly couldn't figure out what it is with all its eyes,,,

      Actually these shopping excursions have the added bonus of saving time and money, time doing things around the house, and money for not having to sign up with an online dating site. You actually get to see who you're talking to :)

      Thanks for your comments,,,have fun!


    • trish1048 profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago

      Hi Donna,

      You've got it! 'doohicheys', 'thingamajigs', 'gadgets! Not only will they enjoy helping you, you'll be able to outfit your home with the latest 'gizmos', and just think of the fun you'll have when you have to go back to say 'excuse me, but I bought this 'thing' that's kinda square and has 2 buttons and a dial,,,oh heck, would you be so kind as to tell me what it is I bought if I tell you what I needed it for?'

      Have fun shopping and thanks for the comments!


    • trish1048 profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago

      Hi Eileen,

      To tell you the truth, I had no idea where I was going with this hub, it just sorta put itself together. Thanks for stopping by!


    • trish1048 profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago

      hi dlhoh,

      You're welcome. Thanks for stopping by :)


    • annemaeve profile image


      10 years ago from Philly Burbs

      Trish, you are so right about this!  I love going to home improvement stores for this very reason.  The way I figure it, us women have plenty of opportunities in daily life to be strong, independent, and self sufficient.  We should relax and revel in the times when boys want to step up and help us.

      Like, I COULD get up on a chair and risk my neck changing a light bulb on the ceiling.  But my roommate will do it for me, and I can make him swat down that big cobweb while he's up there!  And I COULD spend half an hour wandering past the same 2 feet of aisle crammed with identical little metal things stuffed into bags.  But the nice hunky boy in the apron will get me what I want in two seconds flat!

      I've never considered joining one of those "DIY" classes for the social potential, though... interesting...

      Great hub, darlin'!

    • monitor profile image


      10 years ago from The world.

      O.K. now here is a girl with a good idea. Not much use to me as it is, but I wonder, would this work in reverse for men in an "all womens" shop?

      Just a great way of looking at things there.

      Your fan.


    • donnaleemason profile image


      10 years ago from North Dakota, USA

      What an awesome idea. I never would have thought about doing that. You are so right. Come to think about it, I need one of those doohickeys that you use to cut the grass along the edges as my last one passed away. Hmmm..... this has possibilities.


    • Eileen Hughes profile image

      Eileen Hughes 

      10 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      Great fun and interesting way at looking at shopping for things that do not really interest you...Tools I mean

      The other tools well.. is of course your privilege to check out.

    • profile image


      10 years ago

      LOL! Thanks for a interesting article.


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