Craigslist is my best friend. No, really, we check in with one another daily and she always texts me when she finds something neat I’ve been looking for! But really, I’ve gotten thousands of dollars-worth of supplies, furniture, tools – you name it – for mere pennies on the dollar (and often for FREE). Whenever possible, I work hard to find used and free/cheap supplies instead of buying new. This allows me to complete many more projects for the same cost as if I were using only new supplies. This also keeps used items relevant instead of letting them just end up in the landfill. Hooray for a reduced carbon footprint and for saving money!
If I can’t find the tool, supplies, etc. that I need on Craigslist I attempt to borrow or trade with friends/family before buying new. If I do have to buy new tools, I make sure I buy the highest quality item I can afford in an attempt to “buy it for life”. Once I own a tool, I make sure my tribe knows it’s always available to them too.
The current pile in the driveway here consists of rocks I’ve claimed from the free section on Craigslist to be used for building retaining walls, structures, and pathways; and the wood is for fencing the future extension of the chicken run. My darling chooks have forfeited their free-ranging privileges after the Great Garden Raid of 2017 but I still want them to have a sizable chunk of landscape to freely terrorize at their leisure.