Congratulations to the Winners of the 2013 National Reuse Contest

The ReUse People SpecialsThe second annual National Reuse Contest came to a close on October 31, 2013, the last day for participating reuse stores to enter their local winners in the national competition. National winners were chosen in late November.

Before I divulge the winners, I’d like to thank the dozens of stores and store managers who participated in this year’s contest. The total number of entries more than doubled from 2012. Because of the excitement generated by this contest, and the number of people who wanted to enter but simply could not get their projects completed, TRP has decided to extend the entry period for next year’s contest from seven to 10 months and to launch the contest in January

More about the 2014 contest in next month’s eletter.

This year’s entries proved a basic TRP mantra: If you are going to build something, why not use salvaged materials? They cost less, they’re more fun, and nine times out of ten they’re more interesting.

Once again, as in previous contest years, creativity was boundless. We received entries of furniture, public art projects (completed by private citizens using their own resources), whole house and single room remodels, garden hardscape structures, and tree houses, just to name a few.

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First place goes to Bea and Chris Maxwell, whose down-to-the-studs kitchen remodel effectively utilized even small, odd-shaped spaces, some of which were constrained by plumbing, doorways and radiators, in the process maintaining the style integrity and interior construction of their home. The Maxwell’s commitment to the exclusive use of salvaged materials posed many daunting challenges, making their finished kitchen a triumph of design and functionality. Their entry was submitted through Community Forklift of Edmonston, Maryland.

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Second place goes to Barry Wiggins of Tujunga, California, for his storybook home, patiently and lovingly built with primarily used materials, including lumber, shingles, appliances, bricks, interior woodwork, a large stained glass window and a Viking dragon head. Looking at the photos, my imagination is transported deep into a forest inhabited by Hobbit-like creatures. Passersby must be delighted to encounter such an imaginative dwelling in an L.A. suburb. Barry submitted his entry through the TRP Los Angeles warehouse in Pacoima.

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Third place goes to Lyn Worley of Penn Valley, California, whose masterful scrounging produced a whimsical eclectic backyard greenhouse. Except for the roofing, the greenhouse is built of entirely used materials, including framing lumber, the front door (salvaged from a mobile home), windows of various shapes and conditions, a domed skylight, and an old mailbox at the entry to contain her gardening hand tools. Lyn submitted her entry through Habitat for Humanity, Nevada County, California.

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Two entries received honorable mentions: Parker Hoar’s transformation of an old baseball backstop into a community climbing wall, submitted through Columbus Architectural Salvage in Columbus, Ohio, and Mark Hubbard’s delightful tree house (really, his grandchildren’s – he just built it), submitted through the TRP Oakland store.

Last, but not least, the prizes: Bea and Chris Maxwell received a $1,000 gift certificate for use at Columbus Community Forklift. Barry Wiggins was awarded a $500 gift certificate for the TRP Los Angeles store, and Lyn Worley received a $250 gift certificate for the Nevada County Habitat ReStore.

On behalf of the entire TRP family, I want to extend my enthusiastic thanks to everyone who helped make this year’s contest a success. First and foremost, a big thank-you to the managers of the participating stores -- for spreading the word, encouraging folks to enter the contest, managing the entries and running their own local contests. To the national contest judges: Cindy Truitt of Baltimore’s Humanim, Inc.; Neil Seldman of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance in Washington DC; and San Diego-based instructional designer Dianne Schilling – for the enjoyable but difficult job of evaluating the many wonderful entries and somehow arriving at a consensus concerning the winners. And, finally, my sincere appreciation to the hundreds of people whose entries made the job of the judges so tough. See you again next year!

If you’re one of those people who thought about entering, but didn’t -- another opportunity awaits, just around the corner. The 2014 contest starts in January! Check back for the official start.

Specials of the Month

At the Oakland warehouse we are having a triple-value sale. Receive 25% off the price of any door, window or lighting fixture in the store through December 31.
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The Los Angeles warehouse is having a storewide sale. Receive 20% off the price of any and every item in the warehouse through December 31.
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New Inventory

The Oakland warehouse has received a large shipment of wall board in ½-inch 4X8 sheets.

New inventory at the Los Angeles warehouse includes a 60-inch solid mahogany double door, an 8-foot dual-pane glass slider with mahogany frame, and a mahogany vanity with a one-piece solid-surface countertop.

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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
818-244-5635
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

Reuse Depot
2711 Washington Blvd, Unit E
Bellwood, IL 60104
(708) 240-4910
Hours: Mon-Fri 10:00-5:00p; Sat 10:00-4:00

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

Habitat for Humanity ReStore, Salt Lake Valley,
1276 South 500 West
Salt Lake City, UT 84101
(801) 263-0136
Hours: Mon-Sat 9:00am-6:00pm; closed Sunday

Habitat for Humanity ReStore, Summit & Wasatch Counties
6280 N. Silver Creek Drive, Silver Summit, UT
(435) 487-9015
Hours: Wed-Sat 10:00-6:00; closed Sunday

Recycle Utah
1951 Woodbine Way Park City, UT 84060
(435) 649-9698
Hours: Mon-Sat 8:00-5:30; Sun 10:00-4:00

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