NON-PROFIT SINCE 1993
Why be a non-profit?
What is the difference between a non-profit and a for-profit business?
How do we carry out our mission?
How can you get more involved?
The RE Store is a program of RE Sources for Sustainable Communities, a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization. RE Sources’ mission is to promote sustainable communities through education, advocacy, recycling and the conservation of natural resources. The RE Store is one way that we accomplish this mission..
Just like other non-profit organizations, The RE Store’s business model is aimed at achieving our mission, rather than a big bottom line. We invest our profits into furthering our mission, rather than lining the pockets of big-wigs. Our revenue from sales in our two retail stores and our Field Services keeps us going and growing. We continue to develop programs like our Green Demolition Deconstruction Program, our Green Jobs Training Program, educational / inspirational events like our hands-on workshops, the Recycled Art Program. We support many other great events and give back to community groups.
A non-profit business can make money like any other business. That revenue can only be used towards fulfilling it's mission, which includes covering the costs of employees, overhead, marketing, etc. Non-profits receive the benefit of not paying corporate taxes on any profits.
A for-profit business makes money for it's owners or shareholders and is not bound to a particular mission. Taxes are paid on the profits.
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.
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.
√ Shop at our stores
√ Hire our Field Services to pick up or strip out reusable building materials
√ Subscribe to our email newsletter
√ Like and follow our latest happenings on Facebook
√ Subscribe to our Twitter feed
√ Attend or teach a workshop in Seattle or Bellingham
√ Volunteer in many different parts of our non-profit organization
√ Become an intern - we have many potential positions and projects available
to meet your interests, studies, or career goals
√ Participate in our Recycled Art Program by submitting art or designs
for our galleries and events
The RE Store is a program of RE Sources for Sustainable Communities, a waste reduction and sustainability non-profit organization based in Bellingham, Washington. To learn more about RE Sources and it's other programs that are helping to ensure a healthy quality of life in the Pacific Northwest, visit the website.
Our Twitter feed
TheREStoreTweet: Our friends at Village Nursery are hosting at Food Swap this weekend. More info about the Food Swap Co-op... http://t.co/H8K2s7O6KT
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TheREStoreTweet: Hey Ballardites - join us this Saturday with our neighbors at Apex Automotive for their 49th Street Open House, 4-9p! http://t.co/EDnh8CHoDG
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