So before I can get to any of my evening goodies, I got an email announcing that I received a scholarship from the National Women In Agriculture Associate to the Saturday session of the 2013 Georgia Organics conference. OMG! I had wanted to go but price and the so many expenses of building a homestead farm caused me to make a decision...it would tip the budget over the cliff! So to receive the email that I was awarded the scholarship and then the email confirming my reservation was fabulous. But as exciting as that was my afternoon just went uphill from there. I went to this fabulous place called Reclaim It Atlanta. Reclaim It Atlanta is a warehouse store that sells building materials and "stuff" at very reasonable prices. Building a homestead farm on a budget makes this spot a dream of a find! I picked up a back seat of boxes full of 2" solid wood bottom rails (yes for window blinds). They will be the sides of my fabulous planters! I also have my eye on a few more things that I am going back tomorrow for with some cash (and it's so exciting that find will need a post all of it's own). So the wood slats were all free! In addition to that both Tina and Michelle let me do the happy dance in the aisle over the find! I had the opportunity to speak with the co-founder of the organization, Michelle Uchiyama, and I was able to share with her how awesome a place like Reclaim It is for people like me doing projects on a shoe string budget! We also talked farming of course and we will talk again about eggs for her food truck! With my long list of projects, I will be back there often.
As if these finds weren't the icing and cherry on the top of my day (and a fabulously sunny one too) I left to pick up my new circular saw. I went right after my trip to Reclaim It Atlanta because the person coming by to pickup the garden containers I am giving away had vehicle light problems so we rescheduled for tomorrow. I picked up the saw and 2 extra blades in exchange for a nice crisp $20 bill. And then I headed straight to one of my favorite spots, Home Depot. I confirmed the price for the truck rental for the day ($69) but I was told it's first come, first served so I will be at the door at 2 minutes before opening time on Saturday!. I also went there to find wood for the corners of my wood slat planter box project. I was going to purchase a 16' piece of 2x4 and have A. J. (the very nice lumber guy) cut them into 1' pieces but as we got to the saw, there was culled wood. The 16' piece was $8.97, but instead I got 32' of culled wood cut into 32 1' sections which should be enough to make 8 planter boxes. The wood cost per box (including the free slats) will be $1. Note to anyone building anything: SCREWS ARE EXPENSIVE! A small box of deck screws or any kind of outdoor wood screws is about $9! The wood was a good find (I will try to remember to always check the cull bin first). The lumber guy also cut them for me for free! I also made a few other fabulous finds while there. I have 3 cans of Great Stuff in my cabin waiting for me to finish sealing all the seams before insulating. I paid about $4 per can (so far 5 cans purchased). I have used 2 and I think it will take the remaining 3 to finish the walls and then probably 2 more to do the roof and overhang areas. While at Home Depot (cruising the clearance section) I find the 2 can packs of a competitor brand for $0.98. That comes out to $0.49 per can instead of $4 per can. So I will take back the 3 cans remaining which will be $12 plus tax coming back to me and I bought the 12 two-packs which came in just under $12. I'll need probably 5 of the cans and my friend who owns the 6 acres next to my farm will need some, so I'll offer him some of the cans and since I come out even on what I budgeted for that project, I will either keep the cans for future projects or sell off the excess on craigslist. Whichever end, I saved $3.50-$4 per can! And then the 3rd great find was the hooks. I took inspiration from the blog post on the Reclaim Grow Sustain blog, and I have been buying the bright garden lights at Walmart. They are $0.97 each and I have been buying a few each time I go (which is not that often). I have some for the walkway and now with the hooks I will put 2 on the cabin as porch lights! The hooks were in a pack of 5 for $1.30. I will use the 5th hook for something!
So let me see if I can tally up today's finds...
1. Georgia Organics Registration Saturday session including educational sessions, breakfast, lunch and expo - $175 ~ Savings: $175
2. Wood Slats - This is an estimate of the savings. 13 boxes and each contains approximately 120 linear feet of what would be close to 1x2s. Each box would be about 15 1x2x8's and the current HD price is $0.98 each for 1x2x8 furring strips which would make each box a minimum value of $14.70. So the savings for 13 boxes would be at a minimum $191.10 of wood! Planter boxes here I come. ~ Savings: $191.10
3. Black & Decker circular saw - New Walmart price is a minimum of $50.00 and the 2 Skilsaw blades are $10.97 each. Buying new would have cost $71.94 plus tax. ~ Savings: $51.94
4. Hooks: Vinyl Coated 1-5/16" ceiling hooks 5 pack - not sure of the actual HD price but online price $7.63. ~ Savings: $6.33
5. Dow Fill and Seal 12 oz.: The black Friday prices were $2.98 for a 2 pack, regular price is closer for $4.50 according to online pricing which is close to what the Great Stuff brand costs per can.
~ Savings: $96.00
6. Lumber for planter box corner supports: 32 linear feet of 2x4 - $17.94 (two 2x4x16).
~ Savings: $9.94
Other items purchased on the trip: Buck Brothers Miter box with saw and 1 pound of deck screws.
Links: Reclaim It Atlanta, Georgia Organics Conference, National Women in Agriculture Association
Wednesday Savings: $530.31
Tally of cost: $60.20 less $11.62 foam sealant refund = $54.58 for $590.51 of fabulous stuff