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#1 posted 08-25-2019 11:25 PM

Have to agree with others HFH Restore is not a donated building materials store like it used to be?

Phoenix HFH Restore’s content is typically 75% commercial surplus, 20% kitchen/bath pullout remodels, and 5% old used donations. The main store downtown looks more like HD close out store, than conventional second hand store. Rarely visit anymore. I haven’t seen many wood working supplies in PHX stores last couple trips. Prices are inconsistent and border on absurd too. They wanted $25 for a unopened Rockler blade cleaning kit that retails for $30. Tried to charge me $15 for un-priced stamped Delta Arbor wrench found in a $2 wrench bin. The unopened boxes of fasteners are also priced at ~80% of retail.

That said, visit to a smaller Restore in Flagstaff, AZ last March had more than 60% of content as second hand items. They still had stacks of surplus kitchen/bath cabinets & doors, but you could tell they got a lot more private individual donations than corporate box store items. Brought home a broken Miller Falls parts plane for $12. Also picked up some cheap NIB 240V plugs/receptacles that trip.

Restore quality is driven by donations? In more rural areas, there are fewer stores dumping last years home improvement surplus into market, and more private owner donations?

BTW – Not sure if true everywhere, in AZ and southern CA; surplus building materials are everywhere. Home Depot sells pallets of stuff cheap and it floods the local market. Some of it is returns, a lot of discontinued items from each seasonal push (Christmas is worst). We have had all kinds of small warehouse sales advertising on CL. They looked like a super sized garage sale, with many things in opened factory packaging.
We even have one huge warehouse that brings in semi-truck loads daily, and sells HD stuff at discount. Place is crazy, have even run local TV ads.
Besides BORG pallets flooding the AZ market, can also find Building Materials Outlet in many large cities. Building Materials Arizona Outlet is loaded with cabinetry, doors, and stacks of wood/insulation.
The BMOAZ pallets in warehouse often have Lowes and HD store identifiers on them. Great place to pick up a stack of Oak trim molding with little water damage on ends. :)


-- I'm an engineer not a woodworker, but I can randomly find useful tools and furniture inside a pile of lumber!

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