Since we are in the middle of our house renovations, our date night outings/quick errands/let’s run by after church trips are often to Lowes. It’s handy; it’s convenient; it’s comfortable. But sometimes comfortable can be costly. What I mean is, it pays to shop around. Not that Lowes doesn’t have good deals; it does. But this is usually the exception rather than the norm, at least in my experience.
In our fair city, we have many hardware store options – Lowes, Menards, Home Depot, Ace Hardware, True Value, Sutherlands – just to name some off the top of my head. Yes, they run sales that can save you a few dollars on an item, but really they basically have the same prices. It was time to think outside the big box store.
A while back, mom clued me in to a local damaged freight store. I don’t know why they call it damaged freight cause the stuff is good. Real good. We decided to put crown moulding in our library. I compared prices and found that the “normal” stores carried it for $10 per 8 foot length. We decided to take a gander at Damaged Freight to see if they had some. Boy, did they have some! They had stacks and stacks of trim – wide trim, narrow trim, short trim, long trim, fancy trim, plain trim. And the best part? We found it for $3.50 per 8 foot length. A difference of $6.50 for the EXACT same thing. Multiply that by the five boards we bought, and it adds up quickly. I.Was.Stoked.
Yes, we will still frequent Lowes, but more often, I hope to shop at places like Damaged Freight and Habitat Restore. They’re like the garage sales for hardware stores! 🙂