If you are undertaking a spruce up project on your home in Fairfax County VA you may want to make the Habitat for Humanity ReStore in Alexandria or Chantilly your first stop. The Habitat ReStore offers you an opportunity to do three things at once. The first is to support the great programs Habitat for Humanity offers to low income families to give them an opportunity to own their own home. The money raised by the ReStores across the US provides funds to build an additional 10 homes per year.
The second benefit is the Habitat ReStore has to offer is keeping usable building supplies out of the landfill and support a more "green" building environment. The ReStore only accepts clean reusable items which would otherwise be headed to the local dump. Builders and contractors provide excess inventory from construction projects so not only will you find "gently" used items but you will find brand new items as well.
And the third benefit is the chance to save money on your own remodeling project. As a homeowner I have found replacement items for my own home including a pedestal sink, a new toilet and refrigerator all at 50% off what I would have paid for them at one of the local mega hardware stores.
There are Habitat ReStores across the nation so if you aren't in Fairfax County VA check out this list to see if there is a store near you. If you have a chance stop in and support Habitat for Humanity.