Friday, 7 December 2012 7:29:12 PM
I think with certain items the benefits can be great and provide satisfaction in terms of saving money, and providing the nice feeling of recycling something whilst saving money. Some of the complete (and not very old kitchens) seen on eBay are great value for money, and if you approach a local kitchen/cabinet maker to supply a few items to go with a second hand kitchen they can look great. Eg. A stainless kickboard, new handles, fresh end panels, etc. You can also make a second hand stainless steel sink look like new with a tube of autosol and some elbow grease. A lot of second hand kitchens up to 5 years old or so also come with quite good appliances too. Whilst not technically in the second hand camp, if you have a local business that actually makes the kitchen laminate bench tops, they generally have a list of tops that are muck ups, or have not been paid for by customers and you can get these for up to 40-50% cheaper, and normally there is one colour or style that will match your job (they will obviously cut to suit your job, and add ends, etc). Also, don't limit your search to immediately local (although) as hiring a small truck and driving a few hours each way is not the end of the world if you have found a great kitchen that suits your needs, and is priced right, AND you may even stop at a few second hand stores on the way and find a great piece for your renovation!