5 Fantastic Building and Design Materials You Should Buy Locally

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Mood fabric stores have endless textiles to touch and see for yourself

Mood fabric stores have endless textiles to touch and see for yourself.

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When it comes to remodeling these days, it only makes sense to want the very best materials money can buy. But due to typically restrictive budgets, we also want a good deal, too. Well, what if I told you there’s a super simple way to have both AND support local artisans and businesses in the process.

Too good to be true?

Nah. It’s easy!

When it comes to the following fantastic building and design items, it’s so much savvier to buy locally. Three main benefits are:

1. Access: to experts and seeing/touching building and/or design materials.

2. Saving on shipping: this can seriously cut down on cost AND time.

3. Local love: supporting, enjoying and displaying the works of local artists, artisans and businesses.

1. Tile & Stone

Arto hand-painted tiles are rich with color and rich with local pride and passion

Arto hand-painted tiles are rich with color and rich with local pride and passion.

What’s so savvy? You’d be surprised by what you can find in most large (and some artfully-minded smaller) cities when it comes to tile and stone. There are amazing local artisan shops you can visit where you can discover designs and options you’ve never thought of before. Additionally, when you approach owners with your budget, they can help you create a punch list that’ll be gentle on the wallet, yet brawny on style.

We adore Arto Tile – they’re a family-owned business with a serious passion for what they do. You can just feeeeel the love in each tile!

2. Outdoor Landscaping Materials

Local building materials shop can inspire all kinds of ideas for outdoor landscaping

Local building materials shops can inspire all kinds of ideas for outdoor landscaping.

What’s so savvy? On a recent trip to our local landscaping shop, Sepulveda Building Materials, I discovered all kinds of options we could choose from to make our newly updated backyard sing…like the blue birds in our trees! We also had awesome access to experts who knew the best materials for the job and even what types of greenery we should plant that would best suit our climate and soil type.

And, because these folks are about 15 minutes from home, we can easily haul the stuff to our house. For larger supplies, we can rent a “load and go” truck for 75 minutes from Home Depot for only $19! Boom!

3. Fabrics and Textiles

Get inspired by the plethora of textiles available at your local fabric shops.

Get inspired by the plethora of textiles available at your local fabric shops.

What’s so savvy? Though there are umpteen websites to source and buy fabrics from today, there’s nothing like hopping into the car to zoom off to your local fabric store. The ability to touch and see the texture and true color of the material, let alone bring other swatches from home to coordinate with, is incredibly time-saving and helpful.

Yep. “Old school” shopping still has its advantages.

Many of the store representatives can also suggest textiles and fabrics you can use, as well as techniques to help you complete your projects. Save money with local coupons and keep your ear to the tracks when they have storewide specials.

I’ve been a SoCal/LA girl all my life and a long-time Joann customer. But when it comes to volume of selection, I have to say, “Thank you, Mood!” Search your local fabric stores and give them some local love.

4. Reclaimed Wood/Architectural Salvage

Reclaimed local barn wood is so delish and full of character from your home town area

Reclaimed local barn wood is so delish and full of character from your home town area.

What’s so savvy? One word: history. Every city in America has a story, so why not celebrate it by supporting and buying from local lumber yards and salvage shops? There’s gold in them thar places! Depending on the item and location, you may or may not save on the budget, but, boy, will you have something  more valuable…character!

Shutters of all sizes, styles and colors salvaged from neighborhood homes

Shutters of all sizes, styles and colors salvaged from neighborhood homes. How cool is that?

Still, you can chance upon good deals. Often times, one of our favorite LA salvage shops, Silverado Salvage and Design, has weekend blowouts. You can also visit and input your zip code on DiggersList, a nation-wide, online portal to local shops, individuals and Habitat for Humanity ReStores that can save you loads on materials, design items, furniture and so much more.

Tapping the brick pavers we found on DiggersList

Tapping the brick pavers we found on DiggersList. They were original LABCO (LA Brick Company) bricks.

We found 600 bricks for about .20 cents each and created a beautiful (and useful) brick pathway and patio in our unusually sizable Manhattan Beach backyard. They were original LABCO bricks (LA Brick Company) used to create a patio in a 1920s era home here in Los Angeles – a story we’ve told over and over again to houseguests.

The new owner decided to dig up and remove these bricks of gold and sell them on DiggersList. Her “trash” became our treasure and now we get to enjoy our outdoor space and throw awesome BBQs using our handy HomeRight ElectroLight Fire Starter – which, by the way is such an easy way to get our charcoals started, saving about 20 minutes of wait time! 

ElectroLight Fire Starter – $41.48

 

 

5. Art

This old Indian painting reveals a local's point of view of our state's history

This old Indian painting reveals a local’s point of view of our state’s history.

What’s so savvy? A most wonderful gift you can give your home decor is one of art, and local artists can capture your city and/or natural surroundings like no other. This is a great way to bring richness to your home while supporting your neighbors, who might just offer you a “local’s only” discount.

Additionally, you can explore local antique swap meets for super deals that are often filled with hidden local treasures like this one (found at the Long Beach Antique Market) :

This tangerine sailboat regatta painting is just SO California

This tangerine sailboat regatta painting is just SO California!

As the adage goes, think global, act, or in this case, buy local!

All photography by Skaie Knox/HomeJelly

This post was sponsored byHomeRight-LogoI’ve teamed up with HomeRight and am proud to be one of their paid brand ambassadors. I also received a HomeRight product sample to use in this post and have included affiliate links to the tools and supplies I used in this project. My personal opinions are completely my own based on my experience. I wouldn’t have it any other way!

 

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Written By Skaie Knox

Decor/Design/Repurposing nerd and DIYer, brand ambassador, freelance writer, and the editor-in-chief for HomeJelly. Skaie is also a signed and published singer/songwriter (Fervor Records/ASCAP) and kid's book author (Big Bug Lunch!). She was voted "Class Clown", and is a rescue dogs crusader.