By: Shelly Robinson | Category: Home Improvement | Issue: August 2008
(L to R): Ron Roseborough, Tammy Pounds and Marco Scott provide your home improvement needs at Building Materials Factory Outlet.
As the summer begins winding down and the temperatures start to cool, many people will be planning home improvement projects. Before you shop all the sales ads for the big home improvement warehouses, be sure to stop by Building Materials Factory Outlet. It’s definitely worth the time. Never heard of Building Materials Factory Outlet? That’s okay, once you see the bargains, you’ll be telling all your friends about one of Tulsa’s best-kept secrets.
Building Materials Factory Outlet is a discount outlet offering building materials at discounted prices. Many items have prices reduced 50 percent or more, and some can be found at up to 80 percent off. You might wonder if these are factory seconds or items of inferior quality, but Tammy Pounds assures customers that the products are high-quality and new. “Our stock often comes from mistakes made by a builder, customer or lumber company. A window opening was measured incorrectly or a door opens the wrong direction, that type of thing. Sometimes customers change their mind after a custom order has been placed. We get the stock and offer it at a discount.”
Building Materials Factory Outlet also orders by the railway carload. Tammy said that they recently received a shipment by rail that contained 790 lighting fixtures and 800 sets of kitchen cabinets. Tammy and her fellow employees Marco Scott and Ron Roseborough say it’s always fun to see what’s new as they unload each shipment. “We keep our prices low by agreeing to take whatever we are sent. So that means we have an ever-changing inventory and customers can find new items all the time. We get as excited as the customers when the new things come in,” laughs Tammy.
More and more bargain hunters are finding Building Materials Factory Outlet, and Tammy says that they cater more to individual homeowners and those who are remodeling homes rather than contractors. “The popularity of the television shows devoted to home improvement has really sparked an interest. People are realizing that they can do many of the projects themselves and save a lot of money.”
Building Materials Factory Outlet’s most popular items are windows and doors. They carry a wide variety of these items, including Marquee vinyl windows and Simpson doors. They also carry cabinets, trim, light fixtures, plumbing fixtures, stain, sinks, tile and a wide assortment of tools.
The store is currently located at 4851 E. 50th St. in Tulsa, just across the parking lot from Carrabba’s Italian Grill. They will celebrate two years in business in October and by the end of August, they will have moved into their new larger location. Tammy is excited about the expansion. “We will have close to 19,000 square feet at our new location and will have room to carry even more stock.”
Unlike some discount building stores, Building Materials Factory Outlet is well lit and climate controlled for a comfortable shopping experience. Customers can bring in their blueprints, and Tammy and her staff will be happy to assist them in finding just the right windows, doors, or other desired items. Tammy pointed out that many of her customers have chosen to remain in their homes and remodel instead of move to a new location, and her store is the perfect place to get started. Building Materials Factory Outlet is open Tuesday through Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. The store does not have a phone, so it is best to simply stop by and see their wonderful variety of home improvement items.