Monday, January 23, 2012

Low-Cost or Free Furniture, Housing Materials, Appliances or Fixtures

The story today in the Toledo Blade on the opening of Habitat for Humanity's new ReStore in the Toledo area sparked my interest in low-cost home materials and furnishings.  Habitat for Humanity, it turns out, has ReStore locations around the country, with donated new and "gently used" home building materials, fixtures and other home items.  Profits from the stores are used to finance Habitat for Humanity projects. If you're in need of these things, you might want to check it out.

Another possibility, especially if you need furniture and are in dire need--say, if you have had a disaster--is a local furniture bank.  There is a directory of them around the country, by, of course, Furniture Banks of America. 

If you have a 211 searchable online listing of social services in your area, try looking under "general furniture provisions" at that website for places to get free or low-cost furniture near you.

--Also, here's a suggestion for people in Toledo and northwest Ohio from Tammy Eisenreich, from itaalk:
Menards Stores: Ask for the used appliances information.
419.696.3390 Oregon, Ohio Location
419.729.6213 Alexis Road Location
419. 867.6172 Spring Meadows Location
Re-sells used appliances from $9.00-$69.00. You have two weeks to return product if product does not work.
Hours: M - F 6:30am-10:00pm; Sat. 6:30am-9:00; Sun. 8:00am- 8:00pm

Maybe the Menard's in your area have the same service. It's worth finding out.

Finally, there's Freecycle, a movement around the country of people who are just getting rid of stuff for free.  Try their website and see if there is a group near you.


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And so the danger for the housing industry is if we see interest rates rise.

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