The RE Store

Whatcom County’s source for reclaimed building materials, vintage décor, building salvage services, DIY inspiration and more.

The RE Store is Whatcom County’s beloved community reuse center located in the heart of the Fountain District of Bellingham. We exist to help the community divert as much reusable material as possible from the landfill and to sustain our community’s vibrant culture of reuse.

The RE Store was founded in 1993 when a group of dedicated community members got together to brainstorm ways to keep valuable 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,
  • Provide more than 1,500 hours of accessible on-the-job training opportunities.
We believe stuff shouldn’t be wasted

We believe that waste is not a tangible item; it’s something we do. Here at The RE Store we use creative reuse, resale and recycling to help our community give unwanted items the second chance at life they deserve. You can find just about anything at The RE Store, from office chairs to light switches, and from lumber to antique tools.

  • Donations – Community members new and reusable items and materials to our back door.
  • Pickups – Our crew travels the county in a truck, picking up items and hauling them back to the store for sale.
  • Salvage – Our highly trained team of demolition professionals deconstruct buildings and salvage materials from homes, businesses, and job sites throughout our community.
  • Manufacturing waste – We work with local manufacturers to reuse manufacturing by-product that is leftover from manufacturing processes.

  • Sales – All materials that come to our store are processed and priced – that means you can find anything from chairs to electrical outlets for at least 50% off big-box store prices.
  • Revision Division – Our in-house team of builders constructs home furnishings from materials donated to the store.
  • Recycling – Anything that can’t be safely reused is recycled. We separate cardboard, metals, plastics, and hazardous or flammable materials and bring them to the proper facilities for recycling.
We’re more than a store

Selling used building materials is only a small part of what we do. Every dollar raised through our retail sales and service contracts is reinvested into our work conserving valuable natural resources, providing job training to displaced workers, and advocating for a strong, resilient local economy.

Our retail store and warehouse are 20,000 square feet of lumber, doors, cabinets, plumbing materials and supplies, electrical components and more. We also house the Revision Division shop in the warehouse, a studio and laboratory for the design and construction of hand-made furnishings from reclaimed materials. Upstairs from The RE Store you can find 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 The RE Store’s website.

Our salvage crew provides sustainable alternatives to demolition by offering pick-ups, strip-outs, and tear-downs of buildings and building materials to our neighbors, making reuse and waste diversion easy. For more details, visit our salvage services page.

We provide one-on-one job coaching  empowering volunteers and trainees to find long-term, fulfilling employment. If you’d like to find out more, visit our job training page.

Revision Division models creative reuse of reclaimed materials through repurposing and remanufacturing into hand crafted home furnishings. Want to learn more? Check out Revision Division page to learn the process.

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.

Take Action

Be a part of changing the world

Donate

Our #1 priority here at The RE Store is making building materials available for everyone who needs them by keeping valuable materials out of the landfill. By donating and shopping for usable building materials and home furnishings, you’re helping to build a stronger community.

Our store is open Monday – Saturday 9am – 6pm and Sunday 10am – 5pm. We accept donations until 1 hour before close. All donations are subject to staff approval on site.

 

Jason Wild, General Manager & Mike Cogan, Operations Manager

Phone: (360) 647-5921
Email: bham@re-store.org

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Our Location:

2309 Meridian St
Bellingham, WA 98225

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Our retail store relies on our supplies, tools and vehicles to process materials for resale. With your help, we can make sure we have the supplies we need to continue our work. Please consider giving a monetary gift today.

Donate

Material Donation

Our #1 priority here at The RE Store is making building materials available for everyone who needs them by keeping them out of the landfill. By donating usable building materials and home furnishings, you can help to build a stronger community.

  • Visit The RE Store. Located in Bellingham’s Fountain District, we accept a wide variety of used building materials and home supplies for resale. Visit our material donation page to learn more.
  • Donate your items. Visit us during our operating hours of Monday-Saturday: 9 am – 6 pm and Sunday: 10 am – 5 am. Donations are accepted up to 1 hour before end of business day.
  • Benefit from your donation. For your donation, you get either an in-store credit for 25% of the resale value of your donated items, or a tax receipt. It’s a win-win!
  • Doors & door hardware,
  • Solid wood furniture,
  • Cabinet sets & hardware,
  • Lumber & trim over 4 feet,
  • Hardwood flooring,
  • Full boxes of laminate flooring,
  • File cabinets,
  • Lighting,
  • Plywood & sheet-goods, 3sq ft minimum,
  • Vinyl and wood windows,
  • Tools,
  • Usable bath & plumbing fixtures,
  • New kitchen faucets (in packaging),
  • Unpainted and usable electrical parts,
  • Uninstalled carpet, rug, tile & vinyl,
  • Usable stone & formica countertop,
  • Usable hardware & fasteners,
  • Bricks, pavers & stone,
  • Shelving,
  • Water-based paint & stain,
  • Siding & fencing,
  • Regular, non-tempered glass & mirrors under 5’x5,
  • Roofing, flashing & gutters,
  • Wooden & vinyl mini-blinds with hardware.
Not sure if we take it?

Call us at (360) 647-5921, text us (360) 815-4339, email us at bham@re-store.org or check our Flickr gallery to see examples of items we do accept. All donations are subject to approval on site.

While we want to keep as much as we can out of the landfill, some items cannot be reused or resold. But chances are, they can be recycled. If you have a donation that we can’t accept, check out this list of recycling resources in Whatcom County for information on other organizations that may take your items.

  • Upholstered furniture,
  • Ceiling fans,
  • Damaged pressboard furniture,
  • Lumber & trim under 4’,
  • Shower doors,
  • Installed carpet or tile,
  • Damaged or aluminum frame windows,
  • Fiberglass insulation,
  • Fluorescent lights & fixtures,
  • Office partitions,
  • Extra large desks,
  • Appliances or electronics,
  • 200+ volt lighting fixtures,
  • Mattresses,
  • Rusty or mixed hardware,
  • Oil or alkyd paint & paint thinner,
  • Propane tanks or containers,
  • Non-starting gas powered equipment,
  • Flamables or combustibles,
  • Items with signs of mildew, rodent contaminants, rot or insect damage, water or moisture damage, too-thick paint, peeling paint, or items at the end of their useful life & integrity.
Not sure if we take it?

Call us at (360) 647-5921, text us (360) 815-4339, email us at bham@re-store.org. All donations are subject to approval on site.

We accept a wide variety of building materials, office furniture, home decor, yard and garden items, architectural elements, and unique antique items. Visit our Flickr gallery to see examples of items we’ve accepted in the past.

  • Tax receipt – Your donation is tax-deductible. You determine the value of your donation to our non-profit organization.
  • In-store credit – Items donated at The RE Store are eligible for an in-store credit worth 25% of the item’s resale value. Items donated using our free pick-up service are eligible for a store discount.
  • Peace of mind – Your used material donations are used to generate jobs, inspire creativity, and make another’s project affordable.

We offer a free pickup services for donated material.

  • Contact our salvage crew. Text your photos to (360) 815-4339, call (360) 815-4339 with a description or email us details at bham@re-store.org. No matter how you contact us, we’ll work with you to determine if our community could benefit from your materials.
  • Set out your items. Set your items outside or meet us there. You set the time and date – our team will do the rest.
  • Receive a tax receipt for your donation. Your donation of materials to a non-profit is tax deductible!

While we want to keep as much as we can out of the landfill, some items cannot be recycled. If you have a donation that we can’t accept, check out this list of recycling resources in Whatcom County for information on other organizations that may take your items.