TAccording to Zillow, this is the year for sustainable renovations, and a nonprofit Mesa organization is catching the wave.
Stardust Building Supplies, 1720 W. Broadway Road, stocks a wide range of used building and home furnishings.
Zillow, the online real estate platform, recently released a report on home trends for 2022 and said nearly three-quarters of the homeowners surveyed are considering at least one remodeling project — adding a home office, another room, or a guest house.
“In the new year, homeowners will be turning to second-hand furniture and decor stores more than ever,” it continues.
“Stardust — the only nonprofit building materials reuse organization in Metro Phoenix — is the one-stop shop for homeowners to avoid high costs and shipping delays by purchasing affordable, repurposed furniture and materials.”
In addition to a desire to be more environmentally conscious, Zillow added, the homeowners surveyed are also aware of ongoing supply chain disruptions and that it’s not only cheaper, but also quicker to turn to used furniture and other supplies rather than waiting months for new ones .
“The pandemic has forced many people to reevaluate what is most important in their lives and in their homes,” said Amanda Pendleton, home trends expert at Zillow. “For many, 2022 is the moment to live these values.”
The ample shelves at Stardust are filled with treasures, from white oak hot tubs and cabinets (also trending according to the Zillow survey) to office furniture, doors, windows and more.
Much still bears the marks of demolition – a bit of rust or plaster from the walls that used to border the fixtures. But for those willing to invest a little time and effort in cleaning and customizing their finds, the savings are substantial: 50-80% off retail prices. And everything is cash and carry, so you don’t have to wait long for material delivery.
“There’s always something interesting here,” said Karen Jayne, CEO of Stardust. “We have a lot of great light fixtures, tile floors… That’s one thing that keeps a lot of people coming back a lot; The product changes every day, and there probably aren’t two of one.”
Stardust is also a haven for DIYers who can let their imaginations run wild to browse for inspiration. Reclaimed granite countertops may not be big enough for a complete kitchen makeover but would make unique and beautiful coffee tables.
“We hope that creative people will come and use our products,” added Jayne. “YouTube, Etsy, and Google search come up with a lot of great ideas.”
Stardust can also be a resource for homeowners looking for a floor tile or cabinet door to replace damaged fixtures.
“If you’re looking for something to match a broken closet door, we probably have it,” Jayne said.
Stardust is the only company to receive Green Business Certification from the City of Mesa and Local First Arizona. Founded in 1997, it was green long before sustainability was cool. They serve more than 3,000 people each month and have been able to divert more than 80 million pounds of recyclable material from piling up in landfills.
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the store’s Gift-in-Kind program, which provides material resources to about 400 other nonprofit organizations in Maricopa County. Annually, Stardust distributes approximately $20 million worth of reusable products
Material helping 200,000 people and their families.
“So when people buy from us, they’re helping this program,” Jayne said. “It ranges from the likes of UMOM New Day Centers and Native American Connections to animal rescues. All the different agencies are in this program.”
Stardust does not refurbish or install products, but does have a deconstruction team that removes usable material from donors’ homes.
The organization also has a branch at 5150 W. Northern Ave., Glendale.
For more information, visit stardustbuilding.org or call 480-428-4684.