Sometime later this year we’d like to start finishing our basement. For now, it’s just a huge storage area, but we have big plans for it. Our first financial priority this year is our HSA and our IRAs, but after that, we’re planning to start putting some money into the basement. We’d like to use as much recycled, reclaimed, and salvaged material as we can for the project. There are two Habitat for Humanity ReStores in the area, as well as at least two other construction material yards that sell salvaged materials. In addition, I’ve been watching the free section on Craigs List.
Tonight, I hit the jackpot.
One of our plans for the basement is a workout room. For now, my husband and I both do our workouts in our bedroom, and our weights are stored under our bed. It works, but since we have all that space downstairs, a workout room makes sense. One of the things I wanted for it was big mirrors, as we both feel that mirrors help us maintain our form when we exercise. But mirrors – especially big ones – are not cheap. Tonight I found a free listing on Craigs List for two wall mirrors; each one is 3 feet by 8 feet. I have no idea how much those would cost if we were to buy them new, but I’m sure the price tag would give me shivers. Happily, all we have to do to get these is drive ten miles into town. I was the first response the lady had, so they’re ours.
For the last few days, I’ve kept the local Craigs List free page open as a tab on my computer, and I just refresh it every few hours. As long as you can resist a whole lot of stuff that you might like but don’t really need (since that equals clutter!), it’s a great way to find awesome deals as soon as they get listed.