Saturday, February 9, 2013

Thrift Story: Replacing the Kitchen Faucet

The day started out like any other. I went to the kitchen faucet to get water for the coffee. Only on this day, the faucet handle broke off in my hand. And the water spewed out. And kept spewing.

Once we got the leaking under control we decided to try the local building salvage supply on the off-chance that they might have a suitable faucet. We went there not knowing what to expect--- and came home with a winner. A great Price-Pfister kitchen faucet that probably easily cost 100.00 or more new---for the wonderous price of 12.00!

My dear husband endured my initial freak-out and then three separate trips to the hardware store (for gaskets and hoses) with good humor and had the faucet installed by the end of the day. The trip to the salvage supply center was quite an eye-opener. Mounds of faucets, sinks, doors, windows, lumber, and hardware, all culled from deconstructions and remodels and all diverted from the landfill. All perfectly usable.

Behind the new faucet you can see a wonderful blue griffin tile. This is a find I picked up when I went to England. I found it in a charity shop in Bath for about 2 US dollars. It originally came from the Victoria and Albert Museum, a place I never made it to, but its a lovely piece:

I hauled that thing around England and then France and somehow got it back intact :)

Anyways, dear viewers, if you are home owners I encourage you to think second hand not just for collectibles and clothing but also for home-related items like sinks, faucets and lumber. A big chunk of stuff that goes into our landfills is from the construction/remodel business. And a good portion of it is potentially re-useable. Even if you are not doing the installation yourself, you can still obtain the materials for the job from a salvage center and save yourself a good chunk of cash.  My motto is "Try Second-Hand First!

 If you look under "building salvage' and "used building materials" in your area you can probably find a salvage center in your area. You can also see if there is a Habitat for Humanity ReStore resale outlet near you:

I'm linking up with The Weekly Thrift over at YoungHeart---visit and see all the fantastic finds!


  1. This is the way to re-modeled your home and at the same time save precious items that other wise will be lost!
    Have a great weekend,

  2. Aaaaaamen to this post!!! The Habitat stores are awesome for second hand home refurbishing finds!!! The blue griffin is beautiful!