Best Thrift for Handypersons (2005)

Habitat for Humanity Outlet Store

A good plan to make any thrift store trip less disappointing and more fruitful is to go in with a general idea of what you want (pants) rather than being set on a specific item (vintage Levi's 501s). The same applies to shopping for building and decor supplies at the Habitat for Humanity Outlet Store. If you're set on travertine tiles or a particular light fixture, go retail. But if you're a little more flexible (and on a tight budget), the donated items at HH can be spectacular deals. We saw laminate flooring and tile for about $1 per square foot and chandeliers for $100. It may take a little creativity to put together the odds and ends you can find here, but at prices like this (and since it benefits Habitat), playing Changing Rooms at home is a whole lot more affordable.

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