If you're putting in a garden path and you need paving stones or you're shopping for new kitchen cabinets this summer, consider buying used. It's (generally) cheaper and greener. Here's our list of salvage shops across the country, from NYC to Portland, Oregon.
- Habitat for Humanity ReStore: Need doors, paint, cabinets? With stores located across the US and Canada, chances are your local ReStore has something that you need in stock for not much money.
- Olde Good Things: Their Manhattan store has two big floors of STUFF, and they have a huge warehouse in Scranton, PA where they keep the big treasures. They also have a shop in Los Angeles where they cage West Coast treasures and one in Florida where we have no idea what they do.
- Build It Green!: A division of the Community Environmental Center, BIG has a huge, 17,500 square feet warehouse in Astoria, Queens. They sell everything from "plumbing and lighting fixtures to wood, windows and everything in between."
- Restoration Resources: This is Boston's largest architectural salvage store. Owner Bill Raymer and long-time store manager Walter Santory have amassed a staggering collection of Boston-specific architectural elements.
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- Community Forklift - Salvage and Donations: They're a non-profit selling building materials that would otherwise wind up in a landfill. You'll find toilets, bathtubs, doors, windows, lumber, and an assortment of miscellaneous hardware and fixtures.
- Salvage One: As one of the largest salvage stores for architectural elements, this 30-year-old Chicago spot is a good place to look for furniture, bathroom fixtures, room dividers, or just plain decoration.
- American Barn Company: After watching the destruction of dozens of beautiful Midwestern barns, general contractor Jay Wikary started recycling materials from the demolitions and making them into wood furniture, tongue-and-groove flooring, and custom home installations.
- The ReBuilding Center: This non-profit aims to make home repair affordable to everyone through salvaged and reclaimed materials. They have a huge selection of just about everything that structurally makes up a home, offer deconstruction services, and sell furniture made from reclaimed materials.
- Second Use: Second Use is an amazing local salvage shop in Seattle that has been reclaiming building materials for reuse in the Puget Sound region since 1994. They have over 3,000 items in stock and an ever-revolving inventory.
- Ohmega Salvage: A great source for bathroom fixtures and hardware, Ohmega has vintage clawfoot tubs ranging in price from the low hundreds to low thousands. They also have reproduction tubs, sinks, and bathroom and kitchen fixtures.
- Gayle's Pasadena Architectural Salvage: All the inventory here is recycled from homes that were junked or renovated, but these folks have picked over the rubble and hauled back top-notch quality items: everything from front doors to knobs to stained glass windows to antique grate covers.
- Whole House Building Supply & Salvage: The company has a warehouse and salvage yard in San Mateo, CA. They sell items salvaged from area homes, as well as those that have been donated by homeowners and businesses.
- Taipan Architectural Salvage and Furniture: They have an array of reclaimed doors, windows, lighting, lumber...you name it. They also specialize in original modern furniture and licensed reproductions.