Do It Yourself Overview: Downloads, Workshops and More

Do It Yourself Resources

do it yourself - kid with project We believe it is both essential and exciting to help create a culture of reuse and thriftiness. Our non-profit organization does this in many ways that include:

Bruce Odum, the first employee and manager of The RE Store, said,
“There is no such thing as common sense. You just have to do something a few times and get the hang of it.”

Pretend nobody is watching and start doing something today! Mistakes and experimentation can lead to minor or revolutionary breakthroughs. Do it for yourself, your family, your friend or neighbor. At the very least, it’s the thought that counts…

Recycled art program
RE Store Rockstars – examples and customer projects
Do it yourself downloads
Thrifty gift ideas
Books & audio resources
RE Definitions & quotes
Sustainable Living Center


The RE Store offers skill-building workshops at our Seattle and Bellingham stores. Topics can include: basic plumbing and carpentry skills, green building topics, creative decor/design sessions and more. Check out our workshop page  for the latest happenings or subscribe to our email update to receive upcoming workshops right in your inbox.

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art show photo Check out beautiful photos on our Flickr site

Recycled art & design program

Art, design and creative reuse that focuses on used, found and scrounged materials is nothing new. However, it is a rapidly growing trend that we have been supporting since 1999 with our Recycled Arts and Fashion Shows, mobile Recycled Art Station, birthday parties, trainings and more. Get all the details on our Recycled Art Program overview page including our annual Recycled Arts Show.

Browse the extensive photo galleries from our years of juried recycled art galleries.

Get lost in the photo archives of mind-blowing trash fashion designs.

RE Store Rockstars

Show off your cool, classy, funky or freaky projects, built from used, found and scrounged items. We select one winner per quarter to recieve a gift certificate to The RE Store. Submit photos and descriptions on our online submission form. We post almost all of them on our blog.

Do it yourself downloads

Get our free plans and how-to guides for building a chicken coop, designing a shed, building a rain barrel and more.

Thrifty gift ideas

It’s never too late to pull together a thrifty gift for your beloved. All you need is 5-25 minutes in The RE Store to get any of these pre-made gifts or materials for any of these quick projects on the thrifty gift idea page.

Books & audio resources

We have hand-picked these books and learning resources  for your read-it-yourself enjoyment and “edutainment.”

RE Definitions

In order to walk the walk, it helps to talk the talk. Consult our list of definitions and expand your “eco-cabulary.”

Sustainable Living Center (S.L.C.)

Our Bellingham store features a high-quality, ADA-accessible event and meeting facility. Built with used and green products, such as salvaged framing and finish lumber, eco-friendly paint, and super-wall insulation, the SLC can be rented for your events.

The main space – capacity 49 people, complete with chairs, tables, projection screen and whiteboard, display boards, pass through counter access to the kitchen, and more.

The library – capacity 20 people, complete with chairs, table, projection screen/whiteboard, access to the kitchen and a library full of a wide array of books and magazines on topics that include green building, home repair, air and water quality, advocacy and more.

The kitchen – comes with two ADA compliant unisex bathrooms, our “Viva la Dishes” plates, cups, and silverware, microwave, coffee urns, plunge pots and more.

More information on our S.L.C. page.

The RE Store is a  non-profit organization, reducing waste, saving you money, and inspiring reuse since 1993. Discover other ways to get involved with The RE Store .

Visit our Field Services pages  for more information about our Pick-up, Salvage Strip-Out, and Green Demolition “Deconstruction” Services.

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