Do you know a pack-rat? How about a hoarder? Is there a difference? My husband could point out a few that we know but don’t you dare lump him in that category. No, he is what he calls a frugal builder.
It started when he was 10 and the neighbor gave him some wood he had in his garage to build a tree fort. A few decades later and now a contractor, my husband Dave rarely passes up an opportunity to bring home the freebies. Plywood, posts, studs and blocks, both glass and concrete, those are things I can look forward to him getting excited about.
Usually, he has no idea what the item will be used for, he just knows that someday it will come in handy for someone or something. Like last fall, he made the platform for the Relay for Life float in the Acreage Parade completely out of freebies. And after the parade, the material got dismantled and put back in the shop for whenever it is needed again. Probably for the wall of hope needed next month.
What I used to hound him for, bringing each and every thing he could re-use home with him, I am now grateful for. It’s funny how life turns around. I’m sure having it in his shop versus our living room makes a big difference too. And one last thing – if you are a saver of your stuff, that’s fine, just make sure you re-use!