McGuckin’s is more than a hardware, housewares, sporting goods, pet products, plant and gardening supply retailer. It is a Boulder icon and an experience. If you have a question, look for a salesperson in a green vest—unless, of course, one comes up to you and asks whether he or she can help you. McGuckin’s carries many unusual, hard-to-find items, and locals eagerly await the bargains at the semi-annual tent sale held one weekend in spring and one in fall. Originally, the sale inventory was mostly a close-out clearance of high-end goods, but in recent years, the store has brought in lesser-quality items on special purchase. To look at the crowds, you’d never know that the sale had changed its focus.