Sunday, August 23, 2009

Second Use...A Salvage Yard....


One of our favorite places to visit when we get time away from the kids for a date is

Second Use Building Materials

in Seattle.

I know what you're thinking:

"ooh - sounds romantic"

Ok, maybe not.

But for us, it is!


Second Use is filled to the brim with some of the coolest stuff that you can't find anywhere else! And we love to browse and dream of what is possible with all of their vintage inventory.

Case in point:

Remember this post from a while back?

The perfect vintage-industrial kitchen found on CountryLiving.com,
in the perfect color?



Well, guess what Second Use has in stock right now....


Can you believe it?

I'll admit - my jaw hit the desk when I saw it!


They have multiple lockers in smaller widths too - perfect for placing side-by-side, just like the inspiration photo...


And as if the basket lockers weren't enough...

see the tall, blue locker on the right hand side of this photo?


Look what Second Use has...

it's not a perfect match, but it's pretty darn close and would certainly do!

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So here is my request - if any of you locals find your way to Second Use, and any of these pieces find their way back to your home, I would love to see photos of what you end up doing with them. I am not too proud to live vicariously through you!

Thanks in advance! :)


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Back to why we love our salvage yard...

I signed up to get their weekly emails last year and I am so glad that I did. It was in an email that I saw the blue, metal basket lockers. When I clicked the link in the email, it took me to all of the items that they have reclaimed from old, local schools.

I tried not to drool. But they have some pretty cool stuff...


Pull down classroom maps from the 1940's


Double-sided lockers...


An old locker room bench...


This cabinet...

is awesome!

Don't you think?


Love this one as well...


An old single-pane door with transom...


...and much, much more.

This is only a small taste of what they have to offer.

And I'm telling you, it's all good!


They're good people too.

Read about how they began and what they've accomplished since opening their doors in 1994.

And take a look at their Customer Project Gallery to see how people put their salvaged items to use. You know you love looking inside people's homes...it's worth taking a look!

I urge all of you that are local to go and visit - you know it's got to be good if Will and I are willing to spend our rare alone time there...

You won't be disappointed!





P.S. I am in no way affiliated with Second Use. Well...except that, I love them, so I guess my heart kind of belongs to them. However, I have not been contacted by them, nor am I being paid or compensated for this post in any way. I am simply passing on information about one of the coolest places for salvaged items around.
Happy hunting!


all photos courtesy of SecondUse.com

12 comments:

Elizabeth said...

Very cool stuff indeed! I love the old single pane door with transom. I saw an old locker at Goodwill last week for $9.99. I wasn't sure where to put it, so I walked away from it. I went back the next day and it was g-o-n-e! I knew better. Hopefully I'll find another one.

marty39 said...

Oh, I am so with you, I love to poke around in places like that. You usually find the neatest things. Great pics and I love them all. Hugs, Marty

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

SO envious here in Virginia. I don't know of any cool places like that around here...maybe they aren't advertising. ;) My faves were the locker bins and the neat neat cabinets!

DesignTies said...

I know exactly what you mean, Karla... being in love with your local salvage yard!! We have one here in Vancouver called Jack's (can't remember the whole name... neither can hubby!) and any time we go there I'm overwhelmed by all the GREAT stuff!! I want to take so many things home, but can't!!! We purchased reclaimed oak flooring - the kind in older homes - and but it in our hallway... a perfect match for what we have in the living room. I love salvage yards!!
Victoria @ DesignTies

june@craftyniche said...

Oh what cool stuff! Too bad there isn't a store anywhere near me. :(

Courtney Baker said...

I'm so jealous. I wish I lived in Seattle.

pkzcass said...

I love your blog. I just finished reading your previous entries about decorating for fall. I LOVE fall and with the heat we've had (in Pennsylvania) the past month, I am so ready for cooler temps and mums and changing leaves. Also, congrats on the dining room. I suggested the same thing to my husband several years ago and he didn't go for it. We've since gotten our front porch enclosed and the basement refinished, so we kept the dining room as is, although it really doubles as an office because it holds book cases, a desk, and the computer as well as the usual dining room furniture. Anyway, thanks for all of the great posts!

Ryan said...

Wow, we need one of thos stores here. Lucky you!

Diann said...

Love their stuff! Wish I was in Seattle. I was just given eight swim locker baskets with the perforated ends (just like the ones in your original post) When I figure out how I am going to use them I will post pictures. I have to find a salvage place around here!

paula said...

Oh my, I want to go!

anders oglethorpe said...

Hi Karla, Thanks for giving Second Use a plug on your blog. I actually am compensated by them as I've worked there for 11 years. I'm commenting because it seems a lot of folks reading your blog aren't in Seattle, but would like to find some salvage closer to where they are. There is an organization called the Building Materials Reuse Association which has a directory of building materials salvage companies sorted by state. Check out bmra.org and click on the "directory" tab near the top of the page and go from there. Happy hunting and thanks for supporting the salvage jihad!

Angela said...

I was there the day they were unloading the benches from the school locker room and picked up some of the gym locker baskets for my future mud room.
Great store. Love the whole idea behind what they do. Earthwise is another great Seattle salvage shop and if you're in Portland check out Hippo Hardware!