Looking to remodel a bathroom? Or perhaps you want to change the fixtures on your kitchen sink or spruce up a living room by adding more seating and lighting.
Why not try shopping at one of Anne Arundel County's newest home- and building-supply stores: Renovation Station. The retail outlet, which opened last month in Pasadena, is a kind of thrift store for do-it-your-selfers who want to take on a project without the sometimes high cost of paying for it.
The store marks the Maryland debut of Habitat for Humanity's chain of "ReStores," which make money for the home-building charity by selling donated items at deep discounts. Habitat officials say the "Re" stands for recycling and reuse.
The merchandise in the Pasadena store is mainly donated: fixtures from a store getting out of the home-improvement business, sinks from homeowners renovating their kitchens and last season's lamps from a lighting store.
There's even a water heater that survived when a house burned almost to the ground, said general manager Kevin Crawley. The water heater did not cause the fire, he noted.
Habitat officials say that many of the materials would have otherwise been thrown away. Now they are offered for sale at very low prices: $75 for a sofa, $25 for an end table, $30 for a lamp.
"Sometimes, contractors dump brand-new stuff in the Dumpster," Crawley said. "Now, it ends up here, and we sell it."
The customers include people who are fixing up their homes and landlords who want to fix up houses or apartments.
To a landlord, Crawley said, a $10 chandelier is hard to pass up.
"For $10, you don't care. If [the tenants] destroy it, you bought two," he said.
Crawley said the low prices often lead to impulse purchases.
"You come in, and you think, ' . . . I can get that, I can get a couch, I can get a chandelier,' " he said.
So far, Cawley said, the store has rung up sales of about $7,000. The only expenses are the cost of the building and the salary of the one non-volunteer employee, Crawley said.
The rest of the money goes to fund Arundel Habitat for Humanity, which builds or restores seven or eight houses across the county every year. These have included homes in the Brooklyn area near Baltimore and in the Clay Street area near downtown Annapolis.
Sandy Sherman of Pasadena is a customer at Renovation Station. Sherman said she had gone to a building-supply auction on Route 1 for good deals but became dissatisfied as more people came and prices rose.
Then, she discovered the new store, and she has come there every week. "It's like going to the auction, and getting prices like that, but without the all-day hassle," she said.
So far, Sherman said, she has bought lights, window molding and wooden supports for her deck. The wood, she said, cost her $8 a piece. She estimated the retail price would have been $23.
Sherman said she has told friends about the great deals she has found at Renovation Station. One friend gushed about the store after she bought about five cabinets for $150.
" 'This is better than Christmas,' were her exact words," Sherman said.
Renovation Station is at 8101 Fort Smallwood Rd., Pasadena. Its hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday. Donated items may be brought in from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday.