Oct 08, 2012

ManMade Giveaway: Win a $100 Gift Card to True Value Hardware

The great Dutch thinker Erasmus once said, "“When I have a little money, I buy books; and if I have any left, I buy food and clothes.” And for most ManMade readers, I imagine it's the same. First things first: books, records, and, in particular, tools and supplies for making stuff and completing projects. And then the rest.

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Today, we wanna help you with that, so we teamed up with True Value to give you a hundred bucks to spend on tools, materials, and other goodies so you can execute all those great ideas in your head.  

What would I get if I had $100 to spend at my local True Value hardware store?

I'd definitely snag some of these benchtop storage cabinets:

But I could have used a bench grinder on a few recent projects:

And you can never have too many clamps:

And I wish I had a pair of dial calipers in every toolbox and workspace I have: 

See all the cool stuff you can find?!

To enter, simply leave a comment below. You could tell us what you'd get with $100 to True Value, let us know why you'd love to win this prize, or simply say "Hi there." This contest is only open to residents of the U.S.A, and we'll notify the winner by email on Monday, October 15. 


Thanks to True Value for sponsoring this post and letting us be a part of the 2012 True Value blog squad.



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Chris on Oct 15, 2012:

Hi everyone -

Thanks for entering! Congratulations to our winner, Conner, whose email address was selected using Random.org.

We'll be doing one more True Value giveaway in a few weeks, so stay tuned to enter!


Shannon on Oct 13, 2012:

I'd use this towards paint!

Woody on Oct 13, 2012:

Bench Grinder is a good candidate.  I still have my 81 year old father sharpen lawn mower blades for me.  Isn'tit time to learn to do it myself?

Eliza F on Oct 11, 2012:

Simply put: cordless drill and laser level. Simple tools but useful in soooooooo many ways.

marianne on Oct 11, 2012:

Oh, man...we need pretty much everything! I'm thinking possibly a hand sander or have it go toward a sweet-ass saw. 

C on Oct 11, 2012:

I would buy a belt sander plus accessories. 


Sean on Oct 11, 2012:

I would buy a legitimate toolbox-So I can stop storing my tools in a cardboard box under my dresser. After that, I would probably spend the rest of the money on candy they keep next to the cash register.

Chrissy on Oct 11, 2012:

Paint! Paint! Paint!

Cody F on Oct 10, 2012:

I'm overwhelmed. There's tons of stuff I would get. So many options. Where would I start? Probably start in paint. Gotta few projects to rehab, probably get some stain too. Power tools would be a good option too. Oh the possibilities. Really, I'd probably get the supplies needed to fix things around my sister's house for her.

Bill on Oct 10, 2012:

I would get some organizers for the garage.

Ed on Oct 10, 2012:

Hummm...  A hundred bucks to blow at LeBlanks True Value Hardware Store 03103... Let me see. First I could use a new set of 6-Inch Digital Stainless Steel Calipers made by GENERAL TOOLS MFG for $44.99 as the plastic dial keeper is missing on mine. Then I would get a new 5-Tine Manure Fork With 4-Ft. Handle for $41.99  for my neighbor Jim. I have been teaching him about composting and he just LOVES the pitchfork I got at LeBlanks True Value Hardware 03103 a few years back. Not that I mind lending it to him from time to time, I just think he would LOVE to have his own. So that brings me to 86.98 if the old noodle is still adding correctly. And that would leave me with 13.02. 

I think I would see what they have for propagating my next garden. I got some seeds at LeBlanks True Value Hardware Store 03103 last year and I be darned if every one of those Big Boy Tomato seeds didn't take! I had plants coming outa' my ears! Neighbors got some, friends got some, and I even did a midnight clandestine type  planting raid over to Old Mrs. Crabby Pants! I have a feeling she knew it was me that did the planting though. I could swear I saw the makings of a smile starting to creep up on her ever sour puss face. She even gave me a small and noticeably and quick wave! That just about balled me over! She was out there every day tending to those 1/2 dozen plants. As it turns out it looked like her 'maters were even bigger than mine! Good for her!

So I would look for some more seeds. This time I think I would just take the left over seeds I don't use and stick them here and there throughout the city of Manchester, NH and see what happens. Maybe more midnight clandestine type  planting runs but this time with just seeds. I better get some Miracle Grow Potting Soil too... Just to give 'em a good start.

Conner on Oct 10, 2012:

Bench grinder.  Definietly a bench grinder.

bwp1984 on Oct 10, 2012:

I would use the money to buy the correct tools and supplies needed to help a friend build a greenhouse.

Katie on Oct 10, 2012:

I'm an industrial design student. What wouldn't I buy??

Brian on Oct 10, 2012:

What would I do? Finish my restoration on my 1964 Shasta trailer. A new cordless drill would come in handy!

Anonymous on Oct 09, 2012:

Oh the possibilities. I would love, no need to get more tools. 

Travis on Oct 09, 2012:

$100 gift card would help my poor a** buy insulating supplies for this winter so I am not freezing by butt off per normal. 

Derek L on Oct 09, 2012:

$100 gift card will allow me to finally get some real tools. Whenever my father comes over, he brings his own tools because he knows I don't have anything worth while. Time to grow up!

MV on Oct 09, 2012:

Hmmm what to buy?  I'd probally get myself a nice rotary tool.  That would make my life easier!

RJ on Oct 09, 2012:

I'm always working on some new project - plenty of things I could use this for!