A Palmer nonprofit organization is selling used construction materials to keep them out of the landfill.

Tim Zalinger said to think of it as a “thrift store for building supplies.”

He founded Mat-Su Valley Rebuild and started collecting materials in his garage last fall: everything from light fixtures and lumber to counter tops and copper pipes.

Now the organization has a retail store set up where people can purchase used supplies or donate some of their goods.

“It benefits people who want to get rid of stuff. They don’t have to pay to dump it,” Zalinger said. “They can feel better about passing it on. They can donate it at no cost. Then people who need stuff can get slightly used, sometimes new items for a lot less than they would at retail.”

Mat-Su Valley Rebuild’s materials center is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday through Sunday.

It's located in the Trinity Lutheran Church building on the Palmer-Wasilla Highway.

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