The ReUse Center

(Hello again to Julie from Minneapolis. She is one of the bloggers trying out for a spot on the AT:Chicago editorial team. Her first post is here. Comments are welcome!)

Back when green was primarily a color, ReUse served a granola-slash-frugal clientele. Now eco is chic, thrift is vintage and Reuse is still cheap. In 25,000 semi-orderly square-feet and two suburban locations, this purveyor of reclaimed building materials and ephemera is large yet largely unknown. No more.

Block out 60 minutes and any intimidation for 19th century barn planks, or time-honeyed maple at $3.80SF. Spelunk Anthropologiesque hardware and forgotten desks. At the end of toilet rainbow, we found a $60 mid-century built-in - take that, Expedit bookshelf!

There's also new surplus and FSC wood aplenty. A kitchen's worth of sleek black slate tile was going for under $100.

Sign up for the arrivals email or see occasional pre-demo site photos. Practical, they bring bittersweet backstory to the fluorescent-and-concrete hunt. Note: all donations and the $40 pick-up are 100% deductible.

ReUse lacks the artful edit of hipster salvage boutiques. But its gritty pluck, endless wares, and non-profit, less-landfill mission makes finding even more gleeful.

Explore or call ahead for:
* rock-bottom FSC, surplus & reclaimed lumber (beechwood, cherry, cedar, & douglas fir)
* cabinetry
* windows & doors
* granite & solid counters
* appliances
* tile
* clawfoot tubs
* multi-era bath fixtures
* lighting
* mantels
* millwork/trim
* (somewhat) odd furniture: lamps, table bases, etc

More info: The ReUse Center