About The RE Store
Helping homeowners, builders, and businesses since 1993
What does The RE Store do?
Why be a non-profit?
How does The RE Store do everything they do?
Do it yourself resources galore
The RE Store gives back
Green jobs training
Don't just take our word for it
The RE Store has two environmentally-responsible retail stores that sell affordable building materials
- Offering quality alternatives to new products
- Stocking inexpensive, unique items
Examples include cabinets, doors, windows, light fixtures, tubs, sinks, flooring, moulding, hardware, etc...
Our Field Services recover wasted materials for reuse and recycling from Washington State and beyond
- Diverting over 4 million pounds of construction & demolition waste
- Providing quality services and savings for builders, home owners and businesses
We promote a green, sustainable culture
- Encouraging value to be created from waste
- Exposing a wide variety of people to sustainable lifestyle options
Customers save over $1.6 million annually through RE Store purchases
- Our sales totaling over 1.6 million dollars each year are based on items priced at 50% or less than the price of similar new items
- Saving money for our donors on their disposal fees while contributors receive a tax-deductible receipt or a in-store trade credit
Building community by building skills
- Developing individual skills for our 25+ staff on an ongoing basis
- Training people to enter the work force in new ways with our green jobs training program
- Connecting with our communities through workshops, events and our Recycled Art Program. Discover the many ways you can get involved with The RE Store.
The RE Store is a leader in the used building materials industry, a valued member of the communities we serve, and a winner of local, state, and national awards.
The RE Store was founded in 1993 by the non-profit organization RE Sources for Sustainable Communities to address the growing problem of wasteful disposal of useable building materials, most of which were buried in the local landfill. The organization was able to focus on the mission of saving waste by forming under the non-profit, supporting the public's growing interest in green building and reuse.
The RE Store now provides a practical alternative to dumping building materials. In 2010, our efforts saved a total of 4,503,000 pounds or 2,251.5 tons of building supplies - the equivalent weight of 5 Boeing 747s or 59 semi-trailers.
By comparison, 200,000 buildings are demolished each year in the United States. The demolition of a modest 2,000 square foot house generates up to 127 tons of trash. The RE Store can reuse up to 50% of that material and recycle another 49%, leaving a mere 1% to end up in a landfill or incinerator. Learn more on our non-profit page.
Recipe for The RE Store's success:
- Mix together the best aspects of a big-box home improvement warehouse
- Add a funky antique store and vintage decor thrift store, complete with fresh and dusty classic items
- Toss in flea market bargains and a daily changing inventory
- Stir vigorously with a mobile fleet of fast and friendly salvage professionals
- Season with knowledgeable staff, interesting displays, events, art and curious cats
- Sweeten with hundreds of partnerships between builders, demolition contractors, handymen, home owners and businesses
- Heat with the staff's passion for reuse and cool old stuff
- Spice with do-it-yourself workshops, events and recycled art happenings
- Age since 1993
- Serves over 100,000 per year
Salvage services offer a wide variety of flexible and thrifty services. Our crews are fully licensed and bonded. The fleet of trucks visits job sites, businesses, homes, and storage facilities throughout western Washington.
- Pickups - we haul away usable stuff - more info
- Salvage - we strip out and remove doors, windows, cabinets, fixtures, flooring, etc. - more info
- Green Demolition "Deconstruction" Services with an emphasis on salvage and reuse - more info
- Previews and bids are free - more info
Workshops, events, downloadables, gift ideas and recycled art happenings inspire you to do it yourself, connect with others and share your creativity. Get the full story on all of our do it yourself resources to help you reuse, save money and be creative. Find out other ways to get involved with The RE Store.
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The RE Store thrives on a robust community of customers, donors and volunteers. We complete the cycle of giving by donating gift certificates and salvaged materials to organizations working toward more sustainable and just communities. View our list of orgs and how to submit your own request for sponsorship or donations from The RE Store.
We work with a variety of job skill-building and retraining programs in Western Washington including:
- Opportunity Council
- Work Source
Read more about The RE Store in local press and national publications.
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“The decisions Americans make about sustainable development are not technical decisions about peripheral matters, and they are not simply decisions about the environment. They are decisions about who we are, what we value, what kind of world we want to live in, and how we want to be remembered.”
~ John Dernbach - sustainable development author and environmental law professor
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