In case you were wondering how we find such bargains and great deals for our project I thought I would share with you what we have done to save thousands of dollars. It has required lots of research, which requires time and patience, but pays off, literally. Here are a few of the things that have worked well for us.
1. We scour Craigslist and if we decide to buy, we never make our purchase online nor have one of us gone alone to meet the seller. We have found most of our windows through Craigslist, which saved us hundreds of dollars. We found our brand new, still in the box, bathroom faucets through Craigslist.
2. Shop locally. The closest town that has a building supply store is 20 minutes away. The town has three stores to choose from but we shop the smaller one, as often as we can, and they now know us by first name. We have built a relationship with all the employees (which is only 3 of them) and shared our story with them. In turn, they have reduced the price on numerous items for us.
3. As luck would have it, a Habitat for Humanity ReStore just opened near our big city house, that’s a jackpot if you don’t mind used items and we like to recycle so this works well for us.
4. We also have a metal supplier nearby (our big city house)that has a salvage yard and again, recycled or returned items saved us hundreds of dollars when we bought our foundation I-beams and recently purchased metal siding.
5. Tell a friend. It’s amazing what folks want to toss and if it’s not fixable and if you are creative you can repurpose an item. A few years ago, my husband added a round wooden top to a square, wooden trash can we bought from Ikea. He found an old bicycle rim that was being tossed, he cut the rim into thirds and screwed it to the bottom of the trash can. Voila, we have a side table. What’s one mans trash is another man’s treasure.
6. Freecycle.org. I have given and I have received, this is a great online community of folks that would rather see an item recycled, reused or repurposed instead of being tossed in our landfills and I couldn’t agree more with this concept.
7. Garage and estate sales. We bought a stainless steel, side by side frig for $150 from an estate sale. We bought a weed eater still in the box for $5. The list goes on.
8. Antique and trader shows. Our local town is well known for their three day antique festival held twice a year. We wait until the last day and last hour to shop so we can swoop up the deals. Recently, we bought 7 vintage doors, with hardware for $15 each, they were selling the first day for $60 each. What would one do with 7 antique doors? We are adding them to a tract to make barn style doors. They also make great desks and coffee tables.
I think you understand the concept, and we have all heard it: reduce, reuse, recycle. We have applied that concept to this building project and by doing so it has helped us save thousands of dollars. I am confident we will continue to save even more.
I would love to hear about your building projects, creative ideas and suggestions for cost cutting so send them in to me.