Zinger Hardware in Austin is a neighborhood store that began with the idea of social engagement and eco-conciousness. It's a modern take on a general mercantile store, where anything can be discovered in an afternoon visit. Read more to find out how AT readers can enjoy a 50% discount on-line.
Zinger is not a common hardware store, but it is common to stop by for duct tape and leave with a duct tape wallet. Maybe drop in to pick up paint samples but sample nostalgic candy instead. We have lost several hours just roaming around oohing and ahhing. Recently, we visited with owner Michael Ferweda to hear about his favorites for the home:
1. Furniture: Made from mango, acacia and rosewood grown on plantations, the wood furniture is not only gorgeous but also certified sustainable. Zinger also carries Boulevard upholstery which is made in the USA.
2. Rain chains: These copper chains of decorative funnels replace regular downspouts to dress up a porch or patio. The water trickles down the rain chain into a fish pond, fountain, or clay pot at the bottom. In time, the copper takes on a lovely patina too.
3. Bokashi composting: Think of this as accelerated kitchen composting. Layer Bokashi with kitchen scraps, including proteins, in a special bucket and create highly concentrated tea for your garden. It's perfect for small scale apartment composting because there is no smell and quick results.
4. Mythic Paint: This paint is so safe you can eat it. Mythic boasts zero toxins, VOCs, or carcinogens.
We were delighted to discover that Zinger is now carrying upholstery in addition to their casegoods. Even better, they have a virtual furniture warehouse where anyone can shop whether they are in Austin or beyond. Zinger has generously offered AT readers a 50% discount on anything in the virtual warehouse! Call Mark Schoonmaker at (512) 266-0360 to order and make sure to mention AT. If you are in Austin, don't miss out on your chance to browse Zinger Hardware (new website coming soon) in Allandale at the corner of Burnet and Anderson Roads..
We have bought everything from vintage reproduction cookie jars to rubber chickens wearing Santa suits (it was a gag gift) at Zinger. What is the best non-hardware item you have found at Zinger or any other hardware store?