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.
Coming Soon to a Bookcase Near You!
By Ted Reiff
You've heard of promotional teasers-those advance tidbits about upcoming movies, TV shows and hot new products. They're intended to start a drumroll, whet appetites, build anticipation, bring people to the edge of their seats.
Well, that's what this month's post is — a teaser. I'll even tell you what it's for — bookends.
Not exactly fireworks-worthy, I know, but these bookends are special. They not only prop up other people's stories, they have a story of their very own. Here's the short version:
In 1937, a three-bedroom, three-bath home was built in the Cheviot Hills area of Los Angeles. For 50 years this house was the home of legendary author Ray Bradbury and his family.
After Ray's death in 2012 the house was sold to local architect, Thom Mayne, who, with wife Blythe, planned to build a home on the property. A lot of buyers (most, I’m sorry to say) would simply have torn down the old Bradbury house, but Mayne knew better. In 2014, his office asked TRP Regional Manager Arthur Renaud to submit a deconstruction bid. The contract was awarded to TRP, and the house was carefully taken apart by a TRP-certified deconstruction contractor in January, 2015.
In addition to the vintage doors, windows, cabinetry, hardwood flooring, plumbing and electrical fixtures, TRP salvaged 10.7 tons of lumber for reuse.
Upon receipt of the materials, Los Angeles Retail Manager Jeff Cockerell suggested that some of the 2x6 lumber be used to make bookends to sell to the public. I was initially reluctant to take on such a challenge, but became intrigued by the idea of helping to perpetuate the legacy of one of America’s best known authors. Thanks to Jeff's persuasiveness, I eventually agreed.
So now, instead of merely promoting the reuse of salvaged lumber (always our biggest seller), we're reusing some of it ourselves, to create Ray Bradbury bookends.
Several key people have been involved in the planning process, including Ray's close friend, John King Tarpinian, Marsha LuMetta, trustee of the Bradbury estate, Ray's daughter Alexandra, and Professor Jonathan Eller, Director of the Center for Ray Bradbury Studies at Indiana University. A portion of the sale proceeds will be donated to the Bradbury Center to help fund the re-creation of Ray's home office, a major milestone in the Center's ongoing efforts to preserve his works and legacy.
A limited edition of the bookends is scheduled for production in the next few weeks. Each set will be branded with a series number and the icon "451 F" to commemorate Ray's best-seller, Fahrenheit 451. Also included will be a certificate of authenticity and thank you letter from TRP. Sales and shipping are expected to begin on or before June 1, 2015.
TRP will shortly be sending a separate announcement to subscribers with information on pricing and availability. Advance orders will not be accepted. Remember — this is just the teaser.
2015 National Reuse Contest
The 2015 National Reuse Contest is underway. If you are thinking about entering a project, please contact your local reuse store or warehouse and encourage them to participate.
Store managers, or anyone desiring more information on the 2015 contest, should contact:
National Reuse Contest
Specials of the Month
|At the Oakland warehouse we are featuring interior doors, plus toilets, tubs and sinks. Receive 25% off the price of any interior door, toilet, tub or sink in the warehouse through April 30.||
|The Los Angeles warehouse is featuring interior doors and bathtubs. Buy one interior door and get a free second door of the same value. In addition, receive 25% off the price of any bathtub in the L.A. warehouse through April 30.||
|The San Bernardino warehouse is featuring bathtubs. Receive a 30% discount on any tub, including Jacuzzi tubs, in the San Bernardino warehouse through April 30.||
The Oakland warehouse is currently stocking mahogany Marvin windows and French doors.
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
TRP-HACSB ReUse Warehouse - San Bernardino
660 East Orange Street
San Bernardino, CA 92410
Hours: Tue-Sat 9:00-6:00 Closed Monday and Sunday
Please visit our partnering warehouses:
Habitat for Humanity ReStores, Orange County (two convenient locations)
The Home Improvement Store That Builds Homes
1656 West Katella Avenue, Anaheim, CA 92802
(Euclid and Katella Avenue)
Mon-Fri 9:00 am- 8:00 pm;
Sat 9:00 am- 6:00pm;
Sun 11:00 am- 5:00 pm
The Home Improvement Store That Builds Homes
1400 Village Way, Santa Ana, CA 92705
(McFadden Place Shopping Center, exit 55 Freeway at McFadden)
Mon- Sat 9:00 am- 6:00 pm;
Sun 10:00 am- 5:00 pm
Habitat for Humanity ReStore, Kansas City
4701 Deramus, Kansas City MO 64120
Hours: Mon-Fri 10:00-6:00; Sat 9:00-4:00; closed Sunday
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