Finding DIY Materials

Category: Posted on: 11/4/13 8:14 PM

Finding DIY Materials

Getting materials for your home projects can be expensive. There are a few obvious places to look for good deals, while others are a little more obscure. Let’s take a look at them and their pros and cons.

Hardware Store

The most obvious choice for your DIY materials. Every town has at least one of them.

Pros: They carry almost everything you could ask for. The workers are for the most part knowledgeable and should be able to help you out. Most of what you will buy is new and might even come with a warranty.

Cons: You will pay more than the alternatives.

Bottom line: Hardware stores are a great place to find tools and materials. Be prepared to pay more than the other sources though.


Craigslist is huge. You can find almost anything and most of it is right down the road. It’s easy to use and free.

Pros: There is a large amount of people selling items. Most of what you find is local and at a lower price than what you’d find at a store.

Cons: With such a large user base you have to act quick before it’s snatched up. The first person interested is usually the person to buy the item being sold. Another con is the exposure to strangers. To make a purchase on craigslist you usually have to go meet the person selling the item to check it over. As a rule of thumb you should never go alone to finalize a deal. There are also a lot of scammers who use craigslist because it’s free. Stay clear of shady looking deals, if it’s too good to be true, then it probably is.

Bottom line: Craigslist is the three headed giant of classifieds. You can find a lot of great deals but you have to act fast.


You may not have thought about using eBay for your home improvement projects, but you can find amazing offers and can be really specific for what you’re searching for.

Pros: Easily find what you’re looking for from a large amount of sellers. You can find complete doors, windows, etc. that are ready to be installed.

Cons: Not good for finding general materials. Most sellers won’t ship large items like doors, so that means you have to find a local seller for you to pick it up.

Bottom line: eBay is great for finding good offers on big items, but not so good for finding general materials. It’s worth a look if you’re searching for a complete door, windows, or something along that line.

The other places

If you’re looking to save a little cash on lumber or wood, you can skip the middleman and find a nearby lumber yard. If you’re not looking to spend any money you can look for old pallets for wood, just choose wisely.

For other equipment like nails or other odds and ends you can always check out construction sites in your neighborhood. Sometimes they are willing to let go of secondhand equipment or unused equipment. Large construction sites will be difficult to work with, but you never know!

Architectural salvage stores are home to some serious bargains on furniture or hardware. You can find sinks, cabinetry, desks, and more for a fraction of the price you’d pay somewhere else.

Pros: By far the cheapest way to get materials.

Cons: Almost nothing you find will be new. Some of it might need considerable amount of work before it will look new. You will also have to do a lot of digging to find what you’re looking for.

Bottom line: These are pretty obscure ways to find materials, but you might end up saving a lot of money.

You can turn a home project into a bargain hunting journey by looking for materials in less thought of places. Who knows, you may just get lucky and save a lot of money in the process!


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