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Second Hand House Fixes

My daughter bought a HUD house this last spring. Oh, my. The projects she has completed and the projects yet to be tackled! Everything from roofing to doors to patching walls and coaxing grass from a backyard weed patch. Wow, could it ever be expensive! She thought she would have to live with a mess in most of it while slowly fixing it up. The house needed interior doors, a shower stall, kitchen sink, den floor... enter the Habitat for Humanity Re-Store.

I went with her on the first visit. We were awed. Besides wonderful dining room tables, dishes, lighting, doors, nuts and bolts and living room furniture, there was the proverbial kitchen sink. Several of them, as a matter of fact. And for $10?? Sure beat the big box store price.

The house had a den with a nice fireplace and that's all you could say about it. It had been panelled that awful 60s brown and the floor was cracked and broken tile. Some of the panelling was falling down - well, you get the idea. It was a mess. She pulled up the tile and painted the floor white, adding speckles of metallic gold and turquoise then putting a top coat on that. I helped her paint the walls white with pale blue trim.

Then we went to the ReStore. Lo and behold, there was an overstuffed black, gold and turquoise love seat and chair! It looked perfect. A fake bear rug is all it needs now to be the coziest (and cheapest) den in town.

Moral of this story: Shopping second hand for home projects can save tons of money and allow you to do things you never thought you could afford.

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Published Jan 11 2013, 10:45 AM by Pat



bobi said:

I'm really glad that H4H Re-Stores are good in some places. I live in Maryland and the store in my town charges ridiculous prices. We stopped in to make some donations and after looking around for about five minutes, I was totally disgusted...they wanted $800 for a dining room table and chairs, they were selling new furnace filters for twice the price of the local Home Depot. And the staff just sat behind the counter and never offered to help us unload our donations and didn't bother to thank us...we donated quite a bit. I wanted someone else to be able to use the things and help out H4H but after this experience, I will never donate to them again and I wouldn't tell anyone to shop there. I am happy to know that the system actually works elsewhere in the country. I've always had a high opinion of H4H and they've built a number of homes in this area, but I don't think this particular Re-Store is well-run. It's sad.

January 17, 2013 5:18 PM

Pat said:

I'm sorry to hear that! I didn't know there was such a difference in the stores.

January 17, 2013 10:51 PM

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