About Us

In 1935, when Harold D. Smith opened the doors of Smith Hardware, it began with the philosophy of giving its customers what they wanted. Horse collars, cotton scales, belly bands, pitch forks and cast iron skillets were all standard stock at the time. Started in a small building off the town square in Decatur, Georgia, Smith saw the growth the city was experiencing and the need for a hardware store that could be a vital part of that growth.

Location, product lines and personnel have changed in the last 70 years, but not so Smith’s attitude toward its customers. Home repairs have gotten more complicated and fewer people have the confidence to try them, which is why we staff our store with experts who can answer their questions and help them solve their problems. Our staff greets customers, answers their questions and special orders hard to find items. That kind of concern is what makes us different.

So, as Atlanta continues to grow and prosper, Atlantans can rest assured that the Smiths, now doing business as Handy Hardware and General Hardware, will be right there with personal attention and quality products. And as the Internet grows, Handy Hardware will be there with the same individual personal attention to its now worldwide customer base, offering same day shipping of over 100,000 in-stock items, many of them only available here.