Archive for October, 2013

Creative Pumpkin Carving – for a Cause!

2013 collage

Carve for a Cause is a pumpkin carving contest event and fundraiser put on by Architects Without Borders –  Seattle (AWB-S), a nonprofit whose mission is to provide ecologically sensitive and culturally appropriate design assistance to communities in need.  This annual affair that The RE Store has been a part of these last 3 years was held at Copperworks Distilling Company in downtown Seattle.  The pumpkins are carved by a wide range of design, construction and other related firms who put their best and most creative carvers together to compete for the titles of best Traditional/Scary, Artistic/Freestyle, Starchitecture, Judge’s Choice, and People’s Choice.  Seattle store staff, Nichole, took the charge for creating The RE Store’s entry, and along with help from fellow staffers Henry and D’Andre, created The Lantern-o-Jacks (top, left).  While our entry received many compliments, we lost out on taking home a prize this year.  The competition was stiff and the judges had tough choices in front of them with over 40 pumpkins entered this year!  A few of the amazing entries can be seen above – even more can be seen on AWB-S’s Flickr set here. Thanks to AWB-S for a great event – and to Nichole, Henry and D’Andre for their creativity and carving skills!

Posted in: Recycled art and trash fashion, Stories about people, Things you never knew about The RE Store

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Ebbets Field Flannels Updated with (Way)Back-to-school Materials

ebbets field salvage retail displays

Ebbets Field Flannels has been hand-crafting authentic reproductions of baseball shirts, caps, and more from historic teams all around the country – from right in the heart of Pioneer Square in Seattle.  To celebrate their 25 years in business, they have a brand new facility and retail store on Jackson.  Almost all of the details and displays are salvaged and repurposed – including lighting fixtures, globes, crates, benches, and lockers.  And many of the build-out details are made from bleacher board made of Southern Pine that The RE Store brought back this summer from Prairie High School in Battleground, Washington.  This dense yellow pine, most likely installed in its original use in the 1960s, has a new life as many great warm details throughout the space in their caps storage, rack tops, counters and more.  They’ve also built table tops out of a piece of bowling alley that found its way back to The RE Store – having already had a repurposed life before this latest incarnation.


To celebrate 25 years and a new space, Ebbets is hosting an open house this Friday evening – complete with beer and dogs.  Check out the invite above – all are invited!  It is a great space to get some REuse inspiration.  Get inspired and then come find that special material for your own projects in Ballard or Bellingham!

Posted in: RE Store Rockstar Project, Stories about people, Stories about stuff

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A Wardrobe For All Seasons

Custom orders and requests are a recurring theme in the work load at The REvision Divsion. All of them are a solid tool for outreach and a wonderful opportunity for service to the community.

I want to share one of them today, that went out recently and created a smile beyond design and crafting:

Eberhard Wardrobe

In early summer, I was approached by a couple during one of my Saturday presentation days in the REvision Division showroom with a rough pencil sketch.

It showed the outline drawing and dimensions for a cabinet. Her question was, if re-purposed materials could be used to build a lean-to, outdoor closet on the back porch of the couple’s county home. It would be housing the clothes, boots, gloves and basic tools for him who was living with the onset of dementia.

Members of their community had already fenced the yard to prevent him from getting lost and helped to enable him to maintain his dignity and independence for the garden work that he loves to do. And though she had been pro-active around house and acreage it was still a challenge to maintain a sense of order to the chaos of misplaced and impossible to recall items that he needs throughout his beloved daily activity.
Hence the need for a centrally located storage location that could be the go-to place.
With something like that, he would have only one place to remember when looking for stuff and she could spare him the embarrassment of asking and herself the tediousness of constant readiness. This easy to reach outdoor cabinet would be stocked each morning and periodically restocked by her with the retrieved items and accessed by him for resupplies. Less need for asking, reduced interruptions and no more constant opening of backdoor and dirty boot tracks in the kitchen!

And so it was done!

When the “right” materials in the form of knotty cedar T&G boards from a long defunct rustic cottage contraption showed up in receiving with strap hinges and hasp to boot, the project became a quick reality. It featured a built-in slanted, asphalt-shingled top to shed rain in addition to the existing shelter of overhanging house and porch roof.

The on-site measurements that needed to be taken and the installation of this closet was easily done and accounted for by the Revision Division’s 2 hour free consultation and design offer for every commitment to a custom order.

Along with the hope for long in-home independence, this Wardrobe For All Seasons became a most recent, humble example of possibilities in the tool box of The RE Store’s waste diversions and community outreach.


Written by Eberhard Eichner Lead Designer/Builder Revision Division The RE Store Bellingham

Posted in: Stories about people, Stories about stuff

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