Tucked in a rural town in Illinois lies one of the quirkiest junk spots, antique finds, and hardware shops in America. Last week I had the adventure of traveling down to Olney, Illinois to visit a long time friend of Infarrantly Creative – D. Lawless Hardware. D. Lawless Hardware specializes in inexpensive knobs and pulls. Their quality is excellent and their prices are the best I have seen on knobs and pulls – which is why I constantly recommend them to you when you have furniture hardware needs.
I arrived in Olney, Illinois right around lunch time and was greeted by Derrick Lawless, son of Dave Lawless. He is the one that is responsible for handling the internet marketing side of the biz. He walked me through what seemed like a maze of collected antiques and finds throughout the years. They have a collection of milk glass, and period glass, old frames, mantels, furniture, vintage prints, and knick-knacks out the yin-yang.
I picked up a few of these old barn wood frames for a gallery wall I am currently working on.
After talking to boss man, Dave, I heard the story about how he started out making curio cabinets back in the 80s there. He would curve the glass with special machinery and sell the glass to other independent makers of furniture. Once the need for those seemed to be disappearing Dave reinvented the company and started an antique shop, scouring the United States for interesting items to sell in his store. Again the need to reinvent to provide for his family turned the company into selling a few items like lock and keys and hinges for cabinets to companies. Slowly they started adding in knobs and pulls.
Companies were asking Dave for continued printed catalogs of his hardware. Printing costs were high and the man power to produce catalogs seemed abundant, so Dave figured out how to put a few images of his items on the internet and told his clients to go look there. Little did he know that would prove to be one of the best moves for his little company.
Now DIYers like you and me, as well as large companies, order knobs and pulls from D Lawless Hardware. While he has over a football field of knobs and pulls they still operate with the same small business philosophy – where the customer is always first.
Each of the 15 or so employees I encountered greeted me with a smile and was eager to tell me about their job and the company. They truly function as a family. Seeing a peek behind the D Lawless curtain made me even more passionate to encourage you to consider them for all your hardware needs.
And if you ever find yourself in Nowhere, Illinois with a couple of hours to blow, one of the D Lawless family will welcome you with some small town love.
Derrick, Dane and Dave Lawless
You will not be disappointed scouring D Lawless Hardware for some rare finds. And make sure you hit up the clearance room where no knob or pull is over $.75! I could have spent hours alone in that room.
However, all of you who won’t get the chance to shop at their charming storefront can bookmark them for when you need to purchase knobs.
And a few of these amazing knobs may have made their way home with me. If you follow me on Instagram you saw these gorgeous antique milk blue glass knobs in action. Stay tuned for the full reveal tomorrow.
Meanwhile stop by D Lawless Hardware and tell them IC sent you.