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Blog entry by canadianchips posted 10-17-2013 09:02 PM 1444 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Found my way to a Habitat Re-store 2 hours from where I moved to.
I am slowly finding things out here.
While walking arund the yard I noticed a bundle of CEDAR T&G boards.(About 30)
I asked the employee how much they are selling for ?
He looked at me and said “All that pile is not for SALE they throw that whole pile of scrap into garbage. Some boards are not right length, some have paint on them,some are rotted.
I asked if I could buy those cedar boards…..I would pay $5. for it. SURE he said…..
I would have loaded the entire load if I had more time.
For those of you who need cheaper , older lumber, take the TIME and check these places out.

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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Jim Jakosh

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#1 posted 10-17-2013 10:01 PM

Our habitat Re store it getting too expensive for me and they don’t have the variety they used to. I think that is because a lot of businesses shut down!............Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#2 posted 10-17-2013 10:32 PM

Our local re-store in Bryan, TX has prices that meet or exceed the Lowe’s or Borg. It’s cheaper to buy new in the box than dig piles of junk.
For instance, standard 3” steel door hinges, covered with paint, rust, scratches etc. are $4.50 each (not per set), at the Re-store. Brass plated are $6.25 each.
I asked them why they were so high and the answer was that they needed to raise prices to bring in more money.


-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#3 posted 10-18-2013 12:15 AM

Yup. I stopped going to the rehab store. All the prices went up and their regular stock is overpriced cheap stuff. I don’t want them to fail but I can’t support them anymore. No more bargains for me to find.

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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Don W

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#4 posted 10-18-2013 12:52 AM

ours closed. Its now a dollar store. Good score on the cedar

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#5 posted 10-18-2013 06:32 PM

Our Re-Store here in Surprise Az. has gotten very picky on what they will accept for a donation. I took a PU load of very useable stuff to them and they took a few things and said that they would put the rest in the dumpster for me for $10.
I just couldn’t see 10 boxes of unopened tile and unopened cans of mastic go to the land fill, so to the flea market on Saturday … One young man was very happy with the tile, glue, tile saw, setting tools, and an 8 foot stepladder for $40 …
He came back later and bought a nice sepele and maple jewelry box at full asking price.
I will still support Habitat with anything that I can, but they are making it harder to be a good guy.

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it. ... Surprise Az.

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#6 posted 10-20-2013 01:18 AM

Ours is the same way. $3 for a 3/4” bolt 3” long. $20 for a piece of 1/2” copper pipe I can buy new at a Borg for half of that. Anything brass or copper is ridiculously overpriced. I saw some thin teak strips you would put in a herringbone pattern to nicen up a wall for $10…with a price sticker for $8 from Builder’s Emporium (remember them? how long have they been gone?). BTW, I paid the $10. Try and find it cheaper these days. Over 25 square feet of teak veneer…so, it gives and it takes.

-- Random Orbital Nailer

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