Doing things yourself is a great activity. Not only is it a good hobby, but it also can save you money and also leave you with unique items for your home or use. Once you get used to working with things like paint and glue guns (as well as other tools), things start to get pretty easy.
But there is one element that can remain a challenge, and that is of finding materials to work with. Finding the right kind of cardboard or paint or base item to begin with is where things can start to get costly if you don’t know how to source your materials. Certain tools can also cost a fortune and can make the difference between a good result on a project and a poor one.
That’s why we compiled this list of places where one can typically source materials and items for projects.
For clothes and fabrics, try second hand stores like Goodwill. You can find loads of stuff there, and not just clothes either. Books, furniture and even small electronics and computers can be found in this type of store.
For tools, I would recommend a pawn shop Hollywood. You can often find tool sets or power tools at a heavy discount. Not to mention electronics as well.
If you need cardboard (a commonly used item) you can look through recycling bins and even ask stores if they have discarded boxes that you could have. You’d be surprised what you can get for free just by asking.
For wood, you can often find pallets discarded behind stores and other places. Many times these are simply gotten rid of after a shipment and you can get some handy wood for free.
With the proper sourcing, you can get almost everything you need for your DIY projects for free (or at least very cheap).