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Easiest to Find Recycled Building Materials — 8 Comments

  1. I’m really glad that you mentioned being able to save some money on building supplies through using some recycled materials. I think that if we could find some of the things you mentioned like doors, bathtubs, and cabinets from a used source, we’d be able to save a ton of money. I’m going to have to look into some local options where I could get some of these building supplies and hopefully get some stuff that’s still in pretty good shape!

  2. We have found tons of building supplies very cheap at our H4H Re-Store. Namely, gutters and stove pipe, house paint, tiles, lumber, fencing, kitchen/bath fixtures, lighting and appliances. When our store gets too much inventory on hand, they have a 50% off day. This is a real chance to save!

    We have also collected old wooden pallets from warehouses that were giving them away- some are made from decent wood.

    We got a truckload of flagstone for $30 from the quarry because the pieces weren’t big enough to put on a pallet and ship to major home stores. There were still many large pieces that worked great for making our hearth and backyard walkway.

  3. Tulsa has a Habitat for Humanity salvage store. You can buy reclaimed windows, tubs, fixtures and furniture at ridiculously low prices. Pretty neat stuff actually. I’m sure there are other H4H stores out there.

    • Habitat Re Stores: http://www.habitat.org/restores/

      That’s a good way to find recycled materials, and the money is going toward a good cause. Thanks for reminding me.

      I went to a Habitat Re Store presentation about 10 years ago. One of these stores in a major city makes about $1 million/year. The materials are donated and so there’s a very high profit margin. This presentation swayed the Habitat affiliate I was working with to start one.

  4. It’s a sign on the economy…

    In most parts of the USA, there are actually “salvage crews” that will help you “remove” contents, in exchange for same… Who knew…?

    The times, they be a changin’…

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