Nonprofit opens new warehouse selling salvaged building materials

Written By: Kathy Price-Robinson - May• 08•08

Vanities and windows on display at a warehouse.The ReUse People, a facility where you can buy salvaged and new materials from deconstructed homes and other sources, is holding a grand opening Saturday, May 10 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The warehouse is at 11017 Sutter Ave., Pacoima, two blocks north of Van Nuys Boulevard near the confluence of the 5, 210 and 118 freeways.

During the event, all doors will be sold for $5. And a workshop titled “Tax-Deductible Donations for Used Building Materials” will be held at 11 a.m. with ReUse People founder Ted Reiff. See a flier for the event.

The ReUse People is a nonprofit with other warehouses in Oakland, Calif., and Boulder, Colo. The Pacoima
operation was helped along with grant money from the city of Los Angeles.

The Pacoima warehouse had a soft opening in February, which allowed time to collect used building materials from the area. On hand are appliances, bricks, cabinets, doors, electrical, flooring, garden planters, hardware, lumber, plumbing fixtures, roofing tile, siding and windows.

Three Sub-Zero refrigerators recently found their way to the facility, but are expect to be snapped up quickly.

In addition, the organization certifies contractors as deconstruction specialists trained to take apart buildings so the materials can be salvaged and reused rather than sent to the dump.

According to the organization, TRP-certified contractors deconstructed 116 residences and one commercial building in the Los Angeles area in the past two years, representing about 4,680 tons diverted from local landfills.

Here is an update on materials the Pacoima warehouse has received or will receive:

• All materials from a 2,000-square-foot Chula Vista home, including new bath vanity and office furniture, elegant sconce lights, curio cabinet and fencing
• Maple kitchen cabinets and other select materials from a 2,500 sq-ft remodel in Santa Ana
• Materials from a 1,000-square-foot remodel in Pacific Beach, including never-been-used kitchen cabinets and stainless steel appliances
• All materials from a 2,500-square-foot Brentwood home built in 1933, including oak hardwood floors, raised panel doors, premium lighting fixtures, all kitchen and laundry appliances, quality old-growth lumber and ceramic C-tile roofing
• All materials from a 3,500-square-foot Beverly Hills home built in 1959, with premium lighting fixtures, solid raised panel doors, kitchen cabinets/island with butcher block countertop, Sub-Zero refrigerator and washer/dryer
• All materials from a 1,542-square-foot 1951 Venice home, including oak hardwood flooring, kitchen cabinetry, pedestal sink and Sub-Zero refrigerator/freezer
• All materials from a 1,746-square-foot, two-unit beach cottage in Manhattan Beach built in the 1950s, including oak hardwood floors, kitchen appliances and free-standing iron fireplace, children’s dresser, kitchen cabinets
• Kenmore gas stove and ceiling light fans

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One Comment

  1. raydell says:

    we went Saturday. they were very nice but very understaffed. Doors were/are poorly displayed- impossible to “flip” through them to try and find one that you might like/buy.
    quality of items was below what I anticipated but hey- can’t complain about the prices..

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