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  • Melissa Turkington

    I should add to this: not all ReStores are built equally. Some are focused on salvage materials and have some great finds. Others run on more of a thrift store model. They will still have used building materials, but you will have to dig. I suggest looking up few local ReStores online (most have websites or post on craigslist) and comparing their offerings. Look at pictures. The closest one may not be worth your time.

    On the same topic, salvage is an emerging industry. Most likely, you will be able to find one or two independent salvage dealers in your area. There are two types: "architectural" (aka expensive, aimed at designers) and "green/building". They will both have lot of cool stuff at huge discounts, but the salvage yards that are focused on sustainability are more likely to have a variety of inexpensive bits and pieces, as opposed to giant antique building facades and pre-appraised collectibles. Check out their websites and call ahead to see what "special" things they have in this week. They may have something new in the rotation that they haven't even put out on the floor yet (and they will be extra psyched to get rid of because it hasn't been hanging over their heads for months).

    Lastly, there's always the dump. Your local collection site may have crazy things that they can't throw in the pile right away/have to burn in order to get rid of. They may let you take it off their hands for free. Others have very strict safety protocols, so make sure to ask first!

    • Alessandra Rizzotti

      We have a great salvage yard in Silverlake. Always full of goodies. My mom built her house with a lot of reclaimed tools from it. Knobs, doors, tiles. It's a matching game- but it definitely is worth it when you can find items with character.

  • Melissa Turkington

    Yes! I just spent all of last night thinking up similar ideas for my storefront display cases. Habitat for Humanity's ReStores have some amazing finds if you are into repurposing, and the proceeds go straight back to them.

    • Alessandra Rizzotti

      That's so cool, Melissa. Have you used their stuff? Would love to know what ideas you've come up with for your bakery. I'm so proud of you for launching, by the way.

      • Melissa Turkington

        I have used their stuff a few times. They are like the Goodwill of housing materials. I used to go there in college often for set builds and props for my films. So far, I am trying to figure out how to make a bar/cabinets from old doors, a merchandise table from pallets and spare wood, and a rolling case made from repurposed wooden crates and casters. I plan on posting photos when it comes together. Thanks!