The RE Store is non-profit program with a retail location in the Fountain District of Bellingham. We exist to divert as much reusable 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, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. RE Sources’ 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.
Our core values
Reuse: We exist to divert reusable building materials from the landfill. We salvage and renew furniture and building materials with our Salvage Services. We recover and use manufacturing byproducts with our Manufacturing Waste Diversion Program. The builders at Revision Division craft their pieces out of reclaimed materials. We only stock repairable, reusable furniture and building materials in our store. By encouraging reuse we help decrease our carbon footprint and provide affordable, high-quality materials for shoppers of all income levels.
Community: We wouldn’t exist without our community of staff, shoppers, supporters, trainees, and volunteers. Our goal is to serve this community by breaking down barriers; barriers to affordable materials, to economic opportunity, to access, inclusion and justice. This is why we stand against racism, white supremacy, injustice, and the ingrained structures and institutions that enable and perpetuate them. We center BIPOC, LGBTQ+, trans, and economically displaced people in every decision we make.
Resilience: We foster resilience by preserving history through reuse and by providing affordable materials that empower anyone to repair and maintain their homes. We are committed to the resiliency of Bellingham residents. Because of this, we developed the Community Jobs Training Program to decrease the barriers to meaningful employment. This program provides paid, on-site job training to economically disadvantaged members of our community. We are so grateful for the diverse set of perspectives and skills that they bring to our team.
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.
The RE Store Staff
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.
Salvage Services crew
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.