You can't beat this for the thrill of the hunt.
Habitat for Humanity's ReStore outlets
are located across the country. Recently, we checked out one in Portland, Ore. We were amazed and delighted by what people give away: doors, paint, cabinets... a good portion of it new and unused, the result of measuring error.
Let's say you absolutely need just a bit of a synthetic paint, thinner, or sealant? Chances are your local ReStore has it in stock for not much money... and if you're lucky, they'll have just enough for your project. If you think about it, this eliminates waste twice, and you can always donate your leftovers.
New, unused windows are a bargain, priced simply by the square foot.
We spotted a couple gems, including a farm sink in near perfect condition and beautiful grey-blue polished porcelain tiles. But, as this sign says, you have to sort the wheat from the chaff.
Thanks to AT:Green Home Reader Kathryn for the tip!