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Finding Salvaged Goods To Save Money On Remodeling Your Home.

Why pay new in-store prices for something that you can get at a fraction of the cost at a salvage store? Remodeling your house can cost a fortune if you are not careful with your budget, and in addition to the tips I mentioned a while ago about frugal redecorating, one place you should definitely check out for some of the bigger ticket items is a local salvage store. When other houses get remodeled or torn down, many times the deconstruction company takes the goods that are still in good shape to salvage companies, who then resell them back to the general public at a very reduced rate. Things like sinks, windows, light fixtures, cabinets, doors, and toilets often end up just waiting for reuse in someone else’s house. Not only do these types of places keep this stuff out of the landfill, but it also saves you money in the process of your remodel – something anyone who done this kind of work can vouch is very important!

Although I don’t own my own home to remodel, one of my favorite places to go for salvaged goods for my projects in my garage is the Habitat ReStore. Here is what their website says about the materials they sell:

Habitat ReStores are retail outlets where quality, used and surplus building materials are sold at a fraction of normal prices. Proceeds from ReStores help local affiliates fund the construction of Habitat houses within the community. Many affiliates across the United States and Canada operate successful ReStores””some of which raise enough funds to build an additional 10 or more houses per year. Materials sold by Habitat ReStores are usually donated from building supply stores, contractors, demolition crews or from individuals who wish to show their support for Habitat. In addition to raising funds, ReStores help the environment by rechanneling good, usable materials into use.

I tend to go to the ReStore at least once or twice a month just to poke around and see what they have. I have brought home windows I have turned into mirrors or frames, plexiglass sheets for various products, blocks of wood for wood working, and even an old table I use on my porch. I bet I have spent less than $50 for all the stuff I have brought home from there, and I am so glad to know that A. I am reusing instead of buying new and B. I am not spending a lot of money on my house and hobbies. Can’t beat that combination!

According to Cost Helper, a minor kitchen remodel can cost between $17,000 – $19,400. That’s a lot of dough for a minor kitchen remodel! Bump that up to a major remodel and then throw in a bathroom remodel, and you are talking about a lot of money. But that cost could be reduced if you bought some of your materials from a salvage company, so be sure to check one out before you buy new. Here are a few to get you started:

Habitat ReStore
Old House Parts
Architectural Salvage
Historic House Parts
Olde Good Things
Recycler’s Exchange

Have you ever used a salvage company to buy things for your home? Let us know your experience and who you bought from in the comments!

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  1. Tina says:

    I’m a diehard scavenger. I did one of my papers in college on Architectural Salvage, unfortunately I live in a small town where there isn’t much to pick through. We have a small ReStore but quite frankly they charge too much on many of the items. I work in a DIY store and I can buy new tile for less than they charge for used out dated colors. Currently I am working on making a new vanity, I bought two wood shutters to use as half doors on the vanity. I’m copying a piece we sell in the store I work for. I’m also a dumpster diver out of practice at this time. I also find that the put out the word strategy works well, even if you don’t get exactly what you want at this point.. you never know what you will get later on. Boy I’m rambling I better stop now.

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