The ReUse People reduces the solid waste stream and changes the way the built environment is renewed by salvaging building materials and distributing them for reuse.
Announcing the 2015 National Reuse Contest WINNERS!
By Ted Reiff
The 2015 National Reuse Contest closed at the end of November, judging was completed in December, and it is my great pleasure to announce the winners, chosen after due discourse by a panel of independent judges, from dozens of worthy entries.
So without further preliminaries (drum roll please)…
Art & Furniture
First Place goes to John Harris of Bellingham, Washington, for his OFFICE DESK, constructed entirely of refuse from a small remodel, which yielded wood panels, framing, trim and plumbing. Leftover aluminum lighting from a Boeing 737 completes the handsome, rugged look. John's entry was submitted through The RE Store in Bellingham.
Second Place was captured by Aaron Foster of College Park, Maryland, for his exceptionally apt AMERICAN FLAG. Created by a fire fighter, constructed of damaged fire hose, painted with leftover paint and framed with scrap lumber, the flag now hangs in Aaron's firehouse — a grave, but beautiful symbol of service performed. Aaron's entry was submitted through Community Forklift of Edmonston, Maryland.
Third Place goes to Wayne Chaundiere of Lummi Island, Washington, for his counterintuitively elegant GOOD TILLAGE TABLE. A farming conservationist and farm-to-table supporter, Wayne found inspiration in an old plow, pulled from deep in a farm junk pile. Turned upside down, the plow became a table base. Following grinder touchups, acid baths and linseed oil rubs, Wayne engineered a solid, harmonious footing from metal scraps, then finished off the table with a reclaimed glass top. His entry was submitted through The RE Store in Bellingham.
Remodeling & Construction
First Place goes to Patricia Flanagan of Washington DC for her EMERGENCY BASEMENT REMODEL. When vibrations from a heavy construction dig by the city left a 14-foot crack in her sewer pipe, Patricia's basement was decimated by foul-smelling seepage. Unable to collect from the city and largely spurned by her insurance company, she turned to the local salvage warehouse for the materials to fully rebuild from the subflooring up: stairs, banisters, cabinets, doors, sink, stove, hardware, electrical, plumbing and much, much more. A huge challenge, bravely faced and resourcefully resolved! Patricia's entry was submitted through Community Forklift in Edmonston, Maryland.
Second Place goes to Mike Bentley of Beulah, Michigan, for his charming GARDEN SHED. Built from architectural salvage collected over 15 years, the 200 square-foot shed sports salvaged doors, windows, vintage flooring discards, scrap lumber and a turn-of-the-century carriage house cupola, all custom cut and fit. The result is whimsical, functional and visually delightful. Mike's entry was submitted through Odum Reuse in Traverse City, Michigan.
Third Place belongs to Janet Watkins of Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, for her DO-IT-YOURSELF FENCE, built entirely from salvaged materials, including shipping crates, scrap lumber, broken glass (for mosaic embellishments), metal plant hangers and leftover paint. The result is sturdy, functional and serves as the backdrop for a pleasing display of greenery and artistic gilding. Janet's entry was submitted through Construction Junction of Pittsburg.
First place winners receive $1,000 gift cards for materials at their entry stores. Second and third-place winners receive $500 and $250 gift cards, respectively. I will be on hand to present the awards to first-place winners John Harris and Patricia Flanagan during informal celebrations at their respective entry stores in the coming weeks.
Stay tuned for the upcoming announcement of the 2016 National Reuse Contest.
Specials of the Month
At the Oakland warehouse we are featuring floor and wall coverings, and electrical. Receive 25% off the price of any floor or wall covering, including hardwood flooring, floor/roof tiles, carpet or drywall, plus 25% off your choice of electrical fixtures through January 31.
The Los Angeles warehouse is featuring doors. Receive 25% off the price of any interior or exterior door through January 31.
The Oakland warehouse has received new shipments of rough-cut lumber. Stop by and take a look!
Location and Contact Information
TRP ReUse Warehouse - Oakland
9235 San Leandro Street
Oakland, CA 94603
(510) 383-1983; toll-free 888-588-9490
Hours: Mon-Sat 9:00-6:00 Closed Sunday
TRP ReUse Warehouse - Los Angeles
3015 Dolores Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90065
Hours: Mon-Fri 10:00-5:00; Sat 10:00-4:00
Please visit our partnering warehouses:
The ReUse Warehouse
1400 East Geer Street
Durham, NC 27704
Hours: Mon-Fri, 2:00-6:00; Sat, 9:30-5:00
Second Chance Building Materials Center
1423 West Grove Street
Boise, ID 83702
Hours: Mon-Sat, 9:00-6:00; Sun, 12:00-5:00
Roaring Fork Valley Habitat for Humanity
7025 Hwy 82
Glenwood Springs, CO 81601
Hours: Mon-Fri, 10:00-5:30; Sat, 10:00-5:00; Sun, 11:00-4:00
Stardust Building Supply
3901 E. Thunderbird Road
Phoenix, AZ 85032
Hours: Mon-Sat, 8:00-6:00; Sun, 10:00-4:00
Habitat for Humanity ReStore, Salt Lake Valley,
1276 South 500 West
Salt Lake City, UT 84101
Hours: Mon-Sat 9:00am-6:00pm; closed Sunday
Habitat for Humanity ReStore, Summit & Wasatch Counties
6280 N. Silver Creek Drive, Silver Summit, UT
Hours: Wed-Sat 10:00-6:00; closed Sunday
1951 Woodbine Way Park City, UT 84060
Hours: Mon-Sat 8:00-5:30; Sun 10:00-4:00
50 West Madison
Maywood, IL 60153
Hours: Wed-Mon 10:00-6:00p; Closed Tuesdays
New England Reuse
400 Sackett Point Rd
North Haven, CT 06473
Hours: Mon-Fri 9:00-5:00p; Saturday 9:00-1:00p