If you see something you want, don’t be afraid to ask for it. Our neighbor took up a brick driveway, stacked the bricks in her backyard and left them there for several years. My husband offered to pay her 25 cents a piece for the bricks, and she readily accepted his offer. These were beautifully-aged, hand-molded bricks, so we were thrilled to get them and to be able to put them to use in our garden.
I laid this herringbone-patterned walkway in our backyard, and I just love the way it looks.