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How to celebrate International Left Handers Day in Raleigh, NC

(The Triangle Trend) International Lefthanders Day, falling on Thursday August 13th, is the perfect day to stock up on tools specifically designed for lefties. It’s not exactly hidden knowledge that left handers face certain health risks after prolonged use of items designed for right handed users. Scientific studies have even proved the long-term strain can shave a few years off of one’s life. So whether you do or don’t make up the (nearly) 10% of global left handers, it’s never a bad idea to gift some left handed items to the lefties in your life. You could even whip up a pretty sweet gift basket if you’ve got a bit of extra time. In Raleigh, here are all the spots with a confirmed selection of left handed tools.

Harbor Freight Tools

3302 Capital Blvd, Raleigh, NC 27604

The 13,000-square-foot Harbor Freight store in Raleigh stocks a full selection of hardware, tools, and accessories in categories including automotive, air and power tools, storage, outdoor power equipment, generators, welding supplies, shop equipment, hand tools, and more. Each hand tool comes with a lifetime warranty. Items for lefties include their 13 pc. Left Hand Drill Bit Set and 10 pc. Screw extractor and left-hand drill bit set.

The Home Depot

4901 Capital Blvd, Raleigh, NC 27616

9517 Strickland Rd, Raleigh, NC 27615

Whether you’re looking for custom kitchen cabinets or lighting, The Home Depot  has you covered. Departments include Appliances, Bath & Faucets, Blinds & Window Treatment, Building Materials, Cleaning, Decor & Furniture, Doors & Windows, Electrical, Hardware, Heating & Cooling, & more. To date, their website actually has 26,823 results for “left handed”, including this left-handed patio door, high-speed 2 flute tap, and left-handed shower base.

J Harlen Co Inc

2811 Van Huron Dr, Raleigh, NC 27615

J Harlen Co Inc is a family owned distributor of lineman’s tools, clothing, boots, equipment, and safety gear. They offer top quality brands like, Buckingham, Bashlin, Klein, and more. Customers are able to shop the top brands of lineman’s tools, lineman’s boots, pole climbers and lineman’s belts. They’ve got all the gear you or a leftie would need to outfit a professional utility lineman from head to toe. Left handed products include their HARDLINE™ Smooth Blade Pocket Knife and Buckingham SuperSqueeze With WebGrab Adjustment.

Guitar Center

3100 Capital Blvd, Raleigh, NC 27604

Guitar Center allows customers to get hands-on with the best selection of guitars, basses, drums, keyboards, DJ, live sound and recording, as well as used and vintage gear. They’ll get you playing with lessons, and make your instrument play and sound its best with expert repairs and modifications. Currently, their website contains 449 search results for “left landed”, including this gorgeous Vintage Sunburst Left-Handed Violin Bass Guitar and their Butterscotch Blonde Squier Affinity Series left-handed electric guitar.


201 Cabela Dr, Garner, NC 27529

Though not directly located in Raleigh, Cabela’s 105,000-sq.-ft. Garner store offers a unique selection of unconventional sporting goods. The Garner store boasts rustic log construction, stonework, a mountain replica, an aquarium, an indoor archery test area, over 200 museum-quality wildlife displays, a Gun Library and a Bargain Cave. Cabela’s official website returns 64 search results for “left handed”, including a Browning X-Bolt Micro Midas Left-Hand Bolt-Action Rifle and Triple K Cheyenne Centerfire Revolver Left-Hand Holster.

Craft Habit Raleigh

2423 Crabtree Blvd, Raleigh, NC 27604

The Craft Habit is a locally-owned craft shop founded in 2007 that offers a diverse selection of crafting goods for “people who love making things.” Kits & Gifts Their departments include Sewing Quilting, Jewelry & Metalworking, Papercrafts & Stamping, Embroidery & Cross Stitch, Weaving & Macrame, Felting & Felt Crafts, Knit & Crochet, Books, and Craft Basics. Their leftie goods include this Left Handed Stitchery book and these Left Handed Fabric Scissors.

JOANN Fabrics and Crafts

4412 Falls of Neuse Rd Ste 101, Raleigh, NC 27609

With the goal of helping every customer find their creative Happy Place, JOANN serves as a convenient single stop for all of the supplies, guidance and inspiration needed to achieve any project or passion. Left handed crafting supplies include their Manuscript Black Italic Marker Set and Left Handed Bent Scissors.

Schmalz Inc.

5850 Oak Forest Dr, Raleigh, NC 27616

Schmalz is the market leader in vacuum automation and ergonomic handling solutions, combining decades of experience and comprehensive expertise with the ambition to create custom solutions for customers from industry and trade.  A leftie good worth checking out is this Rotary inlet for rotating machine elements that requires left-hand thread for fitting.

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Cierra Smith | Editor

Raleigh-born writer passionate about cultural awareness and social change. You’ll typically find me somewhere studying a language, writing, or doing pilates. Consider me a health-conscious foodie with an interest in all diets and lifestyles.

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