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The 2013 National Reuse Contest Is Open

By Ted Reiff

Calling all do-it-yourselfers, woodworkers and amateur architects! The second annual TRP National Reuse Contest is officially underway. If you have a pet project in the pipeline, now’s the time to draw up the plans, assemble the tools and start shopping for used materials. You have roughly six months to submit your entry to a participating store.

In addition to recognition, admiration and modest notoriety, winners (and their sponsoring reuse stores) will receive valuable prizes. Last year we had 12 participating stores and, between them, hundreds of entries. This year we expect even more.

We’re expanding the prizes, too. The top three national winners will receive gift cards or discount coupons redeemable for merchandise at their sponsoring store -- $1000, $500 or $250 for first, second and third place, respectively. Plus, a TRP representative will visit the first-prize winner to conduct an interview, photograph the winning project and treat the victor to dinner at a top local restaurant. The sponsoring store manager will be invited to join the celebration, and local media will be urged to cover the event.

To participate, just submit your entry to a participating reuse store by August 31, 2013. This will enter you in the store’s local contest. If you win first, second or third place at the local level, your entry will automatically be forwarded in the national contest, which will be judged by an independent three-person jury.

Participating stores will receive additional prizes based on the number of entries they receive. So forward this article to your local reuse store and encourage them to join in the fun. Interested stores should email, or, or phone 510.383.1983 and ask for Shannon or Ted.

Additional information and updates will be posted on the TRP website:

Special Events Reminders

April 29–May 1: Decon 2013, Seattle WA. TRP will have a booth at this annual event, sponsored by the Building Materials ReUse Association. Ted Reiff will also be speaking at the event. For more information and to register, visit

May 11-12: AltBuild Expo, Santa Monica.

November 23: Congratulations to TRP on the 20th anniversary of its founding!

Specials of the Month

At the Oakland warehouse we are featuring windows. Receive 25% off the price of any window in the warehouse through April 30.
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The Los Angeles warehouse is featuring doors. Receive 50% off the price of any door in the warehouse through April 30.
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New Inventory

The Oakland warehouse has received new shipments of red clay bricks and lumber, just in time for spring renovation projects.

The Los Angeles warehouse recently received a solid wood vanity with marble countertop, a beautiful 8-foot wood and glass entry door with matching sidelights, and handsome hanging lamps featuring hand-blown glass.

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Deconstruction & New Materials Update

Visit the TRP website for a complete list of current deconstruction projects and inventories. Just click on “Retail Sales” and scroll to the bottom of the page.

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:

Habitat for Humanity ReStores, Orange County (two convenient locations)

12827 Harbor Boulevard, Garden Grove, CA 92840
(714) 590-8729
Hours: Monday-Friday 9:00- 8:00; Saturday 9:00-6:00; Sunday 11:00-5:00
2200 S. Ritchey Street, Santa Ana, CA 92705
(714) 434-6266
Hours: Mon-Sat 9:00-5:00; closed Sunday

Habitat for Humanity ReStore, Kansas City

4701 Deramus, Kansas City MO 64120
(816) 231-6889
Hours: Mon-Fri 10:00-6:00; Sat 9:00-4:00; closed Sunday

The ReBuilding Exchange, Chicago

1740 West Webster, Chicago, IL 60614
(773) 847-3761
Hours: Tues-Wed 10:00-6:00; Thurs 12:00-8:00; Fri-Sat 10:00-6:00

The Re-Use Store

6350 27th Street (at 47th Ave.), Sacramento CA 95822
(916) 399-8900
Hours: Wed-Sat, 8:30-4:00

The ReUse Warehouse

800 Taylor Street
Durham, NC 27701
(919) 219-4913
Hours: Mon-Fri, 2:00-6:00; Sat, 9:30-5:00

Second Chance Building Materials Center

1423 West Grove Street
Boise, ID 83702
(208) 331-2707
Hours: Mon-Sat, 9:00-6:00; Sun, 12:00-5:00

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