If you are in need of building or home improvement supplies (paint, flooring, tile, etc.) try Habitat for Humanity. They have stores located in all states. The items are donated from builders or reclaimed products and all sales go to building new homes. This is a great way to help others and yourself.
By Marilyn from Lewisburg, TN
We have them here too but i find their products are way over priced. There's no way someone who has a limited income can afford what they need to fix up their homes. Better to go to freecycle and ask for what you need if you don't have a lot of money.
I was tickled pink when they opened a Habitat Restore establishment in my small city. We haven't been able to shop there lately, but we found a top-of-the-line, matched Roper brand washer-dryer set for only $60 each. The only major issue we had to contend with was, the plug on the dryer had four prongs and our outlet only had room for three. Thank God, my hubby is a retired contractor - between him and his helpers, they were able to trade out our old dryer cord for the original! That saved us having to rewire our dryer outlet.
As a rule, the prices at our store work out to half or less what retail stores would charge. Everything is new or in like-new condition, even though I'm told a lot of the items have been salvaged from homes that are being demolished to make way for a new hospital. And yes, the money stays within the community. I know, because they built a Habitat home right around the corner from us.
Sorry to be so long-winded. I just can't say enough good things about Habitat and their Restore stores. I'd look there for building supplies before I'd go anywhere else.
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In our area there are a number of outlet stores for Habitat for Humanity. Their stores sell items that they can't use in the homes they build. The prices are great and the money goes to a wonderful cause. Be prepared to do some fixing and adjusting with some of the items. In our area, stores have plumbing fixtures, windows, cupboards, counters, items from stores and businesses which have remodeled, or contractors extra items. The variety is amazing. You can find a store by doing a search for Habitat for Humanity in your area.