Where to go for salvage sources


Lorena Carrasco of Alexandria shops for a table at the Habitat ReStore in Alexandria. (Bonnie Jo Mount/WASHINGTON POST)
June 6, 2013
Salvage sources

Looking to buy hardwood flooring or an old door? Want to get rid of outdated cabinets from a kitchen renovation? The following sources offer a variety of architectural salvage materials and accept donations of used stuff. They will put you in touch with deconstruction specialists and will come to your home to cart away select items.

Habitat for Humanity ReStore

7770G Richmond Hwy.

Alexandria, 22306

www.restorenova.org

One of several ReStore locations in the D.C. area, this warehouse specializes in kitchen cabinets, appliances and furniture. Prices are 50 to 90 percent off those for new products, according to store manager Colin Campbell, who says that “inventory varies from day to day.” Upscale merchandise on a recent visit included a SubZero refrigerator ($400), a whirlpool tub ($600) and a solid oak fireplace mantel ($60). Granite ($14 per square foot), hardwood flooring (about $2 per square foot) and stone tile ($2 per 12-inch square) are among the building materials for sale.

Community Forklift

4671 Tanglewood Dr.

Edmonston, Md. 20781

www.communityforklift.com

Opened in 2005, this 40,000-square-foot warehouse complex offers a vast range of architectural salvage, particularly elements for older-home renovations. Among the vintage items are antique wood balusters ($1 to $6 per post) and newel posts ($20 to $125), cast-iron radiators and claw-foot bathtubs ($75 and up). Furnishings on a recent visit included an old pie safe ($95), a 1950s dinette set ($450) and lamps made from machine parts. The store holds frequent sales and DIY workshops on topics related to repurposing.

ReBuild Warehouse

7627 Fullerton Rd.

Springfield, Va. 22153

www.rebuildwarehouse.org

This location off Interstate 95 opened last year after the original store closed in 2011 because of financial troubles. The space is smaller but still filled with high-quality cabinets, appliances, doors, windows and hardwood flooring. Building materials include bricks (35 cents apiece) and dimensional lumber ($1 to $6). Among the recent merchandise was an entire kitchen from a house in Great Falls ($5,000), including stainless-steel appliances. Planting beds made from joists and rafters (a 4-by-8-foot box costs $125) can be customized for gardens.

— Deborah K. Dietsch

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