The Velvet Crowbar May 2013 Issue

One of the most intriguing things about reuse retailing is the creativity of customers. While some of TRP’s customers reuse building materials as originally intended (a door as a door), many others completely transform them—into art objects, furniture, motion picture sets, raised planter beds, greenhouses and tree houses, to name a few.

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.

By Ted Reiff

Once again, sprouting crocuses, greening trees and outerwear blowout sales are signaling the return of Spring. After a cold and, depending on where you live, punishing winter, nothing could be more welcome. Unless, of course, you count several surprising signs of Spring growth in the economy.

By Ted Reiff

Here’s my advice to anyone considering designing or building for eventual deconstruction: Don’t! You’ll wind up driving yourself crazy with endless what-ifs, driving your partner crazy with goofy ideas, and driving me crazy with questions.

However…

By Ted Reiff

I’m always up to my neck in programs, projects and day-to-day problem solving, and rarely take time to come up for air. However, the start of a new year forces me to take a breath, step back and scrutinize the previous 12 months for notable accomplishments and lessons learned. I am often amazed at what our team accomplishes, and 2012 is no exception. Sure, a few projects fell below expectations or were not completed, but for the most part it was a great year. Here’s a quick overview:

By Ted Reiff

It’s time to announce the National Winners of the 2012 Reuse Contest. (Last month I announced the California winners. Be sure to check out the wonderful photos and write-ups on all winners on our website.)

This was our first year taking the contest national, and we had over 100 entries from around the country. As expected, each of them demonstrated not only incredible creativity but also style, skill and functionality. 

By Ted Reiff

The 2012 Reuse Contest has drawn to a close. Local winners have been chosen and selection of the national winners has begun.

TRP customers in Oakland and Los Angeles have again demonstrated what can be accomplished with some imagination, a bit of planning, a good deal of sweat and a bunch of used materials.

Frankly, if these entries and winners don’t encourage folks embarking on new building projects, major remodels or simple makeovers to incorporate salvaged materials, I don’t know what will.

By Ted Reiff

The ReUse People SpecialsIn addition to having a booth at this year’s USGBC GreenBuild in San Francisco, TRP will co-host the Construction and Demolition Waste Reuse and Recycling Training, a USGBC recognized accreditation course provided by WasteCap Resource Solutions.

By Ted Reiff and Jeff Cockerell

Well, actually, not all of L.A. is moving -- just us!

2011 Reuse Contest WinnerAt The ReUse People, our mission is to keep used building materials out of landfills. However, we realize that salvaging materials is only half of the job. The other half is making sure that something useful happens to those materials.

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