Dan writes: “For anyone up here in Canada, Princess Auto is the Canadian version of Harbour Freight — a lot of cheap-but-sketchy tools (22-piece screwdriver set, $8.88!) and genuinely good prices for tarps, wheels, surplus. It’s a great place to buy big 500-piece sets of c-clips, cotter pins, etc, so you’ll always have the size you need. Oh, and, yes, it’s a dangerous place to get browsing…”
I love hearing about tools and tool shops from other countries, especially our neighbors to the North. On each of my two visits to Canada I was surprised by how similar and how different simple things were from my home in Texas.
For example, the name Princess Auto, in the words of Sam Elliot, is “a name no man would self-apply where I come from.” But when I mentioned Dan’s missive to a friend, she reliably informed me that many Canadian business contain names of royalty — hence Princess Auto. Apparently this is no big deal in the great white North.
Anyway, if you’re in Canada and haven’t heard of it, Pricess Auto is a great source of cheap-ass tools. And even if you’re not in Canada, give the site a look to see where your Northern neighbors go to get tools they can’t normally afford — and where they end up spending too much cash just like you.
Princess Auto [Corporate Site]