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Bart Brinkmann
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I'm not sure this is the "greenest" of building methods, but I'm interested in building a brick wall in our garden that would be about 30 feet long and 6-7 feet high. So... that would be quite a few bricks. Trying to figure out cost, I'm wondering how much I can expect to get used red bricks for if I were to buy them. Looking around on Craigslist and it looks like most people are asking about $0.50 per brick. Does this seem about right, or should I be able to get them cheaper since I live near a pretty big urban area?

Any tips would be appreciated!
 
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25¢ for used bricks is a pretty good price.
50¢ may be the going rate in your area if the supply/demand is keeping it there. A pile of bricks sitting in a laydown yard isnt doing the owner any good until it moves out the gate.
You'll need around 3200 brick for a solid wall of that size. Consider putting in your own Want ad at your price for the quantity you need.
 
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In my experience, there are two factors that determine how much you should be paying for brick.

First, if you want all of your bricks to be the same color/texture/etc. You are likely going to pay a premium. As Dale suggested, a lot of people are giving away bricks, but they often are giving away those bricks that are left over after a project...or if you're lucky the project they intended to do but never got around to starting.

The second factor is how soon you need the bricks. If you are willing to check Craigslist every day for the next couple months for brick ads, you should be able to easily get enough bricks for free or near free. For really nice bricks I would sometimes pay $10 or $20 a truckload. If you need them by this weekend, you'll probably have to buy them from a retailer.

Also, for a 6-7 foot high wall you might be entering the land of "permits required" so I'd suggest checking on that before you have 10 tons of bricks sitting in your driveway.
 
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The best deals from contractors can be had by picking them up at the site where they are salvaged. I often charge less than half of the storage yard price. I've given away probably a couple hundred thousand bricks. If I handle and store bricks, they never leave for less than 50 cents. I deliver clean top quality to certain bricklayers for 70 cents.

On slow days, when there's no work, I check the free adds for brick and stone. These little windfalls pay well.
 
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Excellent insight and suggestions - I appreciate it. I think we have lots of old buildings torn down here on a regular basis. My wife and I are planning to have our property within the next year, so then I could start working on getting some brick for the wall. I like the idea of buying by the truckload and hauling it off of a site. Thanks all!
 
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