A good yard sale find can be satisfying for the buyer, seller and planet Earth. For the savvy shopper, there are tons of deals to be had on items like cabinets, making it more economically sound for many folks to remodel a home rather than move. There has been an influx of used cabinets and other furnishings at yard sales and through online sites like Craigslist, eBay and Freecycle. Salvaging older cabinets will keep them out of the dump and give you the opportunity to update your own. If you like a vintage look, here are a few things to keep in mind while you scan for good deals:
- Cabinets designed and constructed before the 1970s tend to be smaller, so measure your space and bring a tape measure with you.
- Always inspect the goods personally unless there is a return policy.
- Be ready to update your refurbished cabinets with sealant, fresh paint and new pulls. Be sure to budget those items into your shopping accordingly.
- Visit your local flea market or junk shop. The early shopper has more selection, but shopping later in the day will give you a better opportunity to bargain for a lower price.
Willingness to compromise on style or color will be key in making sure you get cabinets that are used but also eco-friendly.