TRP Launches 2014 National Reuse Contest

The ReUse People SpecialsBy Ted Reiff
This year we’re not waiting for Spring to arrive before rolling out our annual Reuse Contest. Entries and feedback from previous years have made it abundantly clear that people need all the time they can get to plan and execute some of the amazing projects entered in the competition.

When we first introduced the Reuse Contest several years ago, our purpose was to promote the reuse of building materials and to give our customers an additional incentive to incorporate salvaged materials wherever possible when building, remodeling or creating signature products such as furniture and works of art. After starting in the San Francisco Bay Area, we quickly expanded to include the rest of California, and in 2012 went national.

Any store in the country that sells used building materials may now participate. Clearly, if we are going to raise public awareness of the many benefits of buying used in place of new materials – our primary goal – the more stores the better. No amount of advertising will ever be as effective as our contestants at demonstrating the fun, challenges and rewards of remodeling a kitchen, building a greenhouse, or creating a custom table from mostly used materials.

Choose Your Category

This year we are asking participants to choose one of two categories for each entry: Construction & Remodeling or Art & Furniture. This will assure greater fairness in judging. Comparing a piece of custom furniture or wall art with a tree house or bathroom renovation has never been easy, and we hope to eliminate this difficulty by having two separate categories.

National first, second and third-place winners in both categories will receive the same level of prizes – gift certificates worth $1,000, $500 and $250 respectively, redeemable at their sponsoring stores (with the cost covered by TRP).

The first-place winner in each category will also receive a framed 8.5 x 11 color print of their entry and a visit from TRP President Ted Reiff. Managers of the sponsoring stores will be asked to participate in these visits.

Nine Months Remaining

If you have a project in the works that will be completed this year, don’t miss this opportunity. All entries must be received at participating stores by October 31, 2014.

After conducting their own contests, participating stores will submit their top three winners in each category to TRP, whose panel of independent judges will select the national winners.

If you can’t find a participating store near you, forward (or print and deliver) this e-letter to the manager of the nearest retail store that sells used building materials and let’s get that store involved.

If you are a store manager and would like to participate, please contact TRP. The sooner your store signs up, the more time TRP will have to help you promote the contest to your customer base. TRP will provide all the necessary tools.



Special Event Reminders

Retail Warehouse Training

If you, or someone you know, are interested in starting and running a retail warehouse, TRP now offers retail training on an open-registration basis, in Oakland, on the following dates:

March 17 – 21
May 19 – May 23

For more information, visit our website.

Free TRP Webinars

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February 20, 2014 - An Overview of Deconstruction
What deconstruction is and is not; types of deconstruction companies; advantages and disadvantages of deconstruction; deconstruction’s beneficiaries; types of salvageable materials; how to judge a property’s deconstruction potential.

March 27, 2014 - How to Deconstruct Specific Materials
How to identify materials that lend themselves to deconstruction; specific processes for deconstructing fixtures, framing and more; relative value of salvageable materials

April 24, 2014 - Why People Deconstruct
What motivates owners to deconstruct rather than demolish; in-depth discussion of tax advantages

For more information or to sign up for the webinars, visit WasteCap Webinar Series.

Specials of the Month

Oakland warehouse we are featuring windows. Receive 25% off the price of any window through February 28.
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The Los Angeles warehouse is featuring doors. Receive 50% off the price of any interior or exterior door through February 28.
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New Inventory

The Oakland warehouse warehouse has received a shipment of beautiful rough-sawn lumber from a 1910 house in Seattle. Great stuff!

New inventory at the Los Angeles warehouse includes a rustic hanging lamp with leaf accents and green frosted glass, a mahogany double vanity with beige solid-surface countertop and hand rubbed bronze faucets, and a 1980s mint green cast iron tub and matching sink. Unique items, all.

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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

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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