Finding what you want could take time
When shopping for reclaimed materials, you'll need to give yourself plenty of time to do some hunting. Chances are you won't find all the doors or tile needed for a house remodeling in the first visit to the salvage store.
"Like any secondhand industry, come with your measurements, come with some creativity and come with a truck. You might have to go back to find what you're looking for," says Leslie Kirkland, executive director of The Loading Dock, the Baltimore nonprofit reclaimed building supplies store.
Kirkland says consumers save on average two-thirds off the retail price for materials, which is typically a combination of new and old items.