I have to share a short story with you today. This began with a text I received this morning from my daughter-in-law who lives out-of-town. It simply said “you are going to be so jealous”. I laughed and asked of what. The reply was “of me”. The explanation was that she found a business in her area that is right up my alley that she and her husband were checking out today. After checking out the link she sent I knew this was something you, my readers, would appreciate.
The non-profit business is called Construction Junction, and you can check it out for yourself here
. Their banner on their website is similar to the Target store’s logo (the red circles) with the motto Reuse More, Pay Less
. If you scroll down the page you can click on the pictures to see the prices on the items.
don’t let these things end up in the landfill.
Construction Junction takes donations of just about everything you can imagine from your home, or business, and resells it to those wanting to avoid purchasing new. Not only do they sell used home improvement products, antiques, furniture, etc, they also give classes on how to restore items to keep people from tossing out items that still have life in them.
If you are about to start a remodeling project the people at Construction Junction will come to your home and schedule a time to properly remove the items you will not be keeping free of charge to you. This can save a homeowner a nice chunk of money on paying for a full demolition.
Construction Junction at the Home and Garden Show.
Construction Junction also accepts:
- medical supplies,
- tote bags which are donated to the local food bank
- recycling of refrigerators (where they will remove the freon and recycle properly the remaining components).
- You can also drop off working or non-working appliances, the non-working appliances will be scraped for you.
- Free drop off of e-waste from cell phones to computers and televisions
- Light bulbs (including CFL)
- Art and Craft supplies
- Business surplus
Construction Junction also participates in Free Ride a program that rather than repair bikes is an educational facility to teach you how to repair your own.
While this business is a hundred miles from my home it gives me so much hope that programs such as this will spread eliminating my access to furniture sitting on curbs waiting for garbage pick up.
Who says you can’t teach an old dog new tricks.
The surprising thing about the message this morning was who sent it. I mentioned before that my daughter-in-law had never considered buying used items for her home before I introduced her to yard sales and consignment stores 7 years ago. Before that her dream was to be like Carrie in Sex and the City TV series.
Since that time she has filled her fixer-upper house with a mix of new and used items for a gorgeous home. She is the one who was excited by the trashed chairs I found and proudly shows them off in her dining room today. And it is her kitchen we remodeled
with paint eliminating any waste from the project as a Christmas present. Consignment stores are now frequent destinations for her from clothes to books and even some furniture. She has looked to have the most inexpensive celebrations such as the birthday party
she had for her daughter last week.
The point is that for some people they may never have been introduced to restoration of “junk” and when they have been may very well embrace the lifestyle as a way to have more for less. People can change!
One last thing: My daughter-in-law promises to take me to Construction Junction next time I come down to visit.