When working on projects around the house, I have found it to be very expensive depending on the project you are working on. Many times, in my community, there is always someone who would be selling something that you could find useful. So, repurposing/reusing/recycling someone else’s materials can be a lot less expensive and with the help of the internet, there are pages on other sites that can help you find some great material. Asking around is also a great way to search for things and when you strike up a conversation with someone, you would be surprised what you can come up with. There is always someone who knows of someone wanting to get rid of their old projects. If you don’t ask, you will never know.
There are also some thrift shops that sell many things that could just add that extra something to you project whether interior or exterior.
If you are fortunate enough to have any charities that sell things like Habitat for Humanity Stores or Salvation Army Stores or even some antique shops in your neighbourhood can be great places to start. Make it a fun experience and go on a scavenger hunt in your local area to see what is out there. You would be surprised at what you can find out there.
My experience, for an example, was helping a friend for a summer renovate her apartments and in doing so she was changing out her hardware on her kitchen cabinets to something more modern. Her old hardware ended up being a great opportunity to ask if she would sell them. Because I was helping her, she just gave them to me at no cost to me other than helping her out. Sometimes, working to help someone out can be a great payoff for yourself in these great finds.
So, don’t hesitate to look everywhere. You never know what treasurers you will come across. Happy hunting!!