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.

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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!

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

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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.

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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.

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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

-Julie