At the time I received my degree in Building Construction and Design Engineering it was in the early 90’s and it was the first time I remember building construction taking a significant down turn. There were no construction superintendent jobs to be found… especially for a girl.
I found a job in my next love, Fire and Safety. After a short stint as a fire inspector, I moved over to the private sector and worked for a company servicing fire and safety equipment such as fire alarms, fire extinguishers, restaurant kitchen fire suppression systems and emergency exit equipment… but my first love was still building construction.
I figured if anyone was going to take this girl seriously, I would have to get some real world, hands on experience. Enter- Habitat for Humanity
The best part; not only did I get experience helping to build someones home, I also got to share my construction knowledge by teaching others and helping to build a better community.
Now as a business owner I regularly donate goods to Habitat as well as head there for that odd cabinet door or piece of molding I need to replace in a project.
Remember any time you are doing a project, check with your local Habitat for Humanity ReStore.
Habitat for Humanity ReStores are nonprofit home improvement stores and donation centers that sell new and gently used furniture, home accessories, building materials, and appliances to the public at a fraction of the retail price. Habitat for Humanity ReStores are owned and operated by local Habitat for Humanity affiliates, and proceeds are used to build homes in your local community.
It’s a great place to find the one little odd thing you might need.
Next on my list is
Although not a non-profit, Used Stuff is a local certified Green Business Partner in association with Sarasota County.
They are located at 1400 Central Ave, Sarasota Florida.
Where ever I need something “Old” I check them out first.
Once I needed an electric meter box cover for a home built in the 50’s… I found one here and saved my client about $1000.00 in costs to upgrade the electric meter can! I have also found old 4 panel doors for a house built in the 1800’s.
The hidden treasures (and ideas) you will find in places like these are amazing! I am not sure, but, I bet if you find something on their web site you like… they might even ship it…
Search around your local area and see if you can find a place like this!
Until next time…