When we were remodeling our downstairs bathroom four years ago, one of the things that helped us keep the cost down was the Habitat for Humanity ReStore up in Morris County. It supplied us with handsome, slate-look tile for around $2.67 a square foot, as well as a new-condition cultured-marble sink and vanity top for $30. Unfortunately, we haven't been able to score many other bargains there, because it's over an hour away, and the only time it's open that we could make it there is on Saturdays. Also, the last time we made a special trip out there in the hope of finding some bargains for our kitchen and office, the selection was much less impressive than it had been on previous visits, and not as well organized, either.
However, for those who are lucky enough to have a good building reuse center in their area, it's a fantastic resource for home improvement projects. In my latest Money Crashers article, I've written about what you can find at reuse centers (and their close cousin, architectural salvage stores) and the many advantages—and a few disadvantages—of shopping there. I also include a list of some of the most noteworthy reuse centers around the country and some resources for finding a center in your area. (Sadly, the closest one to us is an architectural salvage store in Barnegat, which has some remarkable stuff, but at far from bargain basement prices.)
Check out the full article here: How to Shop at Reuse Centers & Architectural Salvage Stores to Save on Home Improvement