The RE Store is non-profit program with a retail location in the Fountain District of Bellingham. We exist to divert as much reuseable material as possible from the landfill and to build a culture of reuse in our community. Our retail location features salvaged and reclaimed building materials, vintage decor, and a facility to receive lightly used donated items. The RE Store was founded in 1993 and is a program of RE Sources for Sustainable Communities, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. RE Source’s vision is to see people living satisfying lives in accord with the ecosystem we depend on – generation after generation.
In the 1990s, a group of dedicated community members got together to brainstorm ways to keep valuable reclaimed building materials from ending up in the landfill. From their ideas, The RE Store was born. Each year we:
- Save the community over $1 million in building materials costs,
- Divert nearly 3 million pounds of quality building supplies from the landfill, and
- Provide more than 1,500 hours of accessible on-the-job training opportunities.
We’re more than a store
Every dollar raised through our store’s retail sales and services goes back into our work to conserve valuable natural resources, provide job training to displaced workers, and advocate for a strong, resilient local economy. But, our store is just one part of who we are and what we do. In the warehouse, you can find the Revision Division woodshop, a design lab for the design and construction of hand-made furnishings from reclaimed materials. Upstairs from The RE Store you can find the workspaces for our Salvage Crew, Manufacturing Waste Diversion and Community Jobs Training staff, offices for RE Sources program staff, and the Sustainable Living Center; a meeting space and conference room open for public rental.
Our retail store and warehouse is 20,000 square feet of lumber, doors, cabinets, plumbing materials and supplies, electrical components and more. We also house the Revision Division woodshop in the warehouse, a design lab for the design and construction of hand-made furnishings from reclaimed materials. Upstairs from The RE Store you can find the workspaces for all other RE Sources programs as well as the Sustainable Living Center, a meeting space and conference room open for public rental.
For more details, check out our store page.
Salvage and pick-up services
Our salvage crew provides sustainable alternatives to demolition by offering pick-ups, strip-outs, and tear-downs of building materials to our neighbors, making re-use and waste diversion easy.
For more details, visit our salvage services page.
Revision Division models creative reuse of reclaimed materials through repurposing and remanufacturing into hand crafted furniture and home furnishings.
Want to learn more? Check out what our Revision Division is up to.
Community Jobs Training Program
We provide one-on-one job coaching to job trainees in order to empower volunteers and trainees to find long-term, fulfilling employment.
If you’d like to find out more, visit our job training page.
Manufacturing Waste Diversion
We partner with local manufacturers to divert useable materials from the landfill; thinking creatively to cut waste and reduce cost.
If you’d like to find out more, visit our manufacturing waste diversion page.
Meet the team
Our staff are known for their friendly demeanor, extensive knowledge of home improvement, and their great beards. Learn a bit more about us below or visit our contact page to say hi.
Whether it’s exploring new and exciting partnerships, designing hand-made furnishings from reclaimed materials or providing opportunities for job trainees, our program staff work hard to support all aspects our organization’s operations.
Our retail staff accept and process donations, help our customers choose just the right item, and inspire our community with creative ways to re-use. Visit our store page for more information.
With over 40 years of combined experience in the art of dismantling for reuse, our licensed and insured crew is able to salvage up to 90% of a structure’s desired parts. The friendly faces of our crew operate our pick-up and salvage services. Visit the salvage services page for more information.