For a long time, I've been an advocate of reuse. Reclaimed architectural materials, old furniture- heck, even secondhand clothes! I get this instinct from my mom, for sure- she attended garage sales with a "needs" list on hand, and had a hawk eye for a deal. (She grocery shopped the same way). I figure, why EVER pay full price- and why not reuse good old stuff, especially when "They don't make 'em like they used to"?
Here in Buffalo, I've offered my historic research services, custom artwork and event planning services to the community for nearly nine years. When a friend recently said "I really wish there were contractors who preferred to work with reclaimed materials, or even knew about them; I'd hire them to renovate my kitchen!", a lightbulb lit above my head.