Do It Yourself Resources
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:
- videos on building with reclaimed materials
- skill-building workshops
- showcasing people’s creative designs and recycled artwork
- downloadable how-to guides
- books and more
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.
Watch short videos about our many projects on our videos page
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.
Get lost in the photo archives of mind-blowing trash fashion designs.
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.
Get our free plans and how-to guides for building a chicken coop, designing a shed, building a rain barrel and more.
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.
We have hand-picked these books and learning resources for your read-it-yourself enjoyment and “edutainment.”
In order to walk the walk, it helps to talk the talk. Consult our list of definitions and expand your “eco-cabulary.”
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.