Re: Why are salvage items so expensive?
A few things that I've observed:
- Salvaging old building materials and fixtures is very labor intensive. Special techniques are required to safely remove (and restore) old things without permanent damage, and the labor of restoration may exceed the cost of new construction.
- Salvage yards often hang onto inventory for YEARS. Your average big-box is looking to move goods off the shelf in a matter of weeks. The longer an item sits on the shelf, the more profitable it must be to account for the rent, utilities, and management overhead.
- Simple economics of supply and demand. There are a lot of people who want quality, vintage houseparts while the supply is limited. Just like at an auction, you will find out who's willing to pay a premium.
The "Senior Member" designation under my name doesn't mean I know a lot, it just means I talk a lot.I've been a DIYer since I was 12 (thanks, Dad!). I have read several books on various home improvement topics. I do not have any current code books I can refer to. I was an apprentice plumber for two years.