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Original hardwood floors squeak, seasonal products fill the displays and old fashioned hardware items remind you of days gone by while friendly service and knowledgeable staff greet you at the counter. Varns and Hoover Hardware, a main street staple of downtown Middlebury, IN has served Elkhart County in the heart of northern Indiana’s Amish Country for over 130 years. Antiques from our past inventory decorate the walls but on the today’s sales floor bulk garden seeds, DIY supplies for canning, preserving, tapping maple trees for syrup and must have items for creating your Pinterest projects are just the beginning of our varied selections. Quality lawn, garden, power and hand tools along with small appliances and other kitchen essentials reside in the variety packed aisles shared with upscale jewelry, ladies clothing and accessories, unique gifts, and vintage candies and soda-pop.  Painting supplies, stove pipe and all the essentials for plumbing and electrical work can be found along with the assistance and advice from the experienced staff. Visit the past but relish the present when shopping for everything from nails to pails, bird feeding supplies to classic children’s toys and more at our full service, family owned hardware – a community favorite since 1886, and a visitor’s delight!

We are an independently-owned member of Do it Best Corp., the only US-based, member-owned comprehensive and fully integrated hardware, lumber and building materials buying cooperative in the home improvement industry. Our store is stocked with products tailored just for you and your community, and our online catalog features 67,000 items available for purchase. If you need it, we have it, with fast and free delivery to our store.