Patriotism and proudly representing the U.S. is not a sometimes thing for Bloomington Hardware.
The Bloomington, Indiana, store offers a year-round program for customers to bring in any American flags that are worn and no longer meet the standards for display. The business then turns the flags in to a local American Legion or Amvets post, where they will be retired in a ceremony. To show the store’s appreciation, each flag turned in earns the customer a $5 credit toward the purchase of a new flag from the store.
“It usually picks up around the Fourth of July, when people are bringing out flags that they don’t use every day and realize they’re not up to code anymore. But this is a year-round program for us, and we appreciate the fact that we can retire flags in a ceremony and do it the proper way,” owner Vickie Davison says.
Bloomington Hardware, on top of several different sizes of American flags, also has an extensive accessories selection for displaying the stars and stripes. Along with several types of flag poles and mounting brackets, the business has flags in multiple fabrics fit for different types of use.