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  • FREE Workshop | Designing with Salvaged Materials with Hammer Like a A Girl

    Sunday, May 18th | 11-12:30 | At Second Use | FREE

    Do you wander through Second Use wondering and wishing you could repurpose some of the awesome stuff into your home or life, but end up leaving it all behind for another day – again?

    Heidi, Monica and Mary Jean, creators of the DIY blog Hammer Like A Girl, will be here to share some of their projects and tips to help you envision and then reshape salvaged materials into unique home improvements and functional art. Their projects range from transforming a discarded old car jack into a light fixture, to reusing multiple materials collected (sometimes stored for years) into a bathroom remodel that will knock your socks off.

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  • The Second Use Material Compensation Guide

    We are frequently asked about how we compensate for materials. Here is a quick guide to your options the next time you make a drop off:

    Pass it on – just get rid of it already!  Save on dump fees, feel good about passing along something useable, and help us fulfill our mission as a community partner.  This is always the quickest, no-hassle way to drop off your materials at Second Use, and we’ll always take the widest range of materials for donation.  Visit our Acceptance Policy for more details.

    Ask for a tax receipt for your donation to support Habitat for Humanity.  Looking to itemize your deductions this year?  We can accept charitable donations on behalf of Habitat for Humanity.  We’ll retail the materials, give HfH half of the sale price, and you’ll get a charitable donation receipt with an itemized list of your donations.

    Sell your materials for store credit or cash.  So you’ve got the good stuff?  We’ll pay cash or store credit for materials that are in good condition and of good quality, and we’ll pay even more if they are in high demand.  If your materials fall in the “Marginal Styles” category in our Acceptance Policy, we probably won’t be able to invest in them, but we would still love to save them!

    For that special find, we’ll consign.  Do you have something so special that it might take a little time to find the right buyer?  We can offer a consignment arrangement for a unique, high-value, or otherwise special item where we may not want to invest up front, and the seller is looking for maximum value.  We reserve the right to decline consignments, so please seek approval via emailed photos prior to loading up, and, while you won’t need an appointment, keep in mind that a consignment transaction takes longer than other drop-offs.

    For additional questions, don't hestiate to contact our Receiving Department directly at 206-763-6929 x3 or

  • NW Green Homes Tour This Weekend

    Second Use is proud to sponsor Opperman + Others' Seward Park home (5515 S. Orcas St, Seattle, WA) at the NW Green Homes Tour this Saturday! The free tour takes place from 11 am to 5 pm and features over 30 homes in the Seattle Area. 

    The Opperman + Others site offers a compelling take on how to efficiently blend salvaged and non-toxic materials into a green oasis.  We will be there all day to answer your questions about salvage and offer you some Second Use swag!

    For more information about the tour, please check out The NW Green Homes Tour Website

  • Community Plant Sale + Garden Demonstrations + Cold Frame Workshop

    Second Use invites you to join us this Sunday, April 6th for our first annual Community Plant Sale, Garden Demonstration Day. The free event will be held from 11-2 at our store in SODO (3223 6th Ave S, Seattle, WA 9834) and offers a range of garden activities including:

    PLANT SALE: Local vendors will offer a wide variety of plants including edible natives, salvaged plants and trees, shrubs, various grasses, ferns, and other interesting varietals to get your garden growing.

    DEMONSTRATIONS: Second Use will display a number of creative planter solutions derived from salvaged materials and offer free, on site consultations.

    SALE: All items in the outdoor yard (stone, windows, bricks, gardening fixtures, lumber, tubs, etc) will be an additional 15% off for the duration of the plant sale. Burlap will be available for JUST A BUCK.

    COLD FRAME WORKSHOP: Seattle author and gardener Bill Thorness will present a workshop on Salvaged Cold Frames from 12-1 during the sale. It is free to attend but requires an RSVP to Further information on the workshop is avaliable on our blog.

    We encourage you to share this event with the gardener in your life and look forward to seeing you Sunday!

  • Second Use Featured on The Reclaimed Wood Blog

    Greg Cater of The Reclaimed Wood Blog recently paid a visit to Second Use for a tour with our receiving manager, Wes Isbell.  Cater details his visit in his recent article, "Salvage Made Easy."

    "There are several reasons why we go to the salvage yard, " the article begins.  "It might be the thrill of the hunt, to save a buck or two, or maybe we just can’t bear to see good things going to the landfill. No matter the reason, when you think about the salvage yard, what probably comes to mind is piles of disorganized building materials and way too much time spent hoping you’ll find what you’re looking for. If that’s your perception I’m pretty sure you haven’t stopped in at Second Use in Seattle."

    Greg highlights our organized storefront, online inventory, and relationship with Habitat for Humanity.  We couldn't be more thankful for his recognition and encourage you to check out the full article on The Reclaimed Wood Blog.

  • Upcoming Workshop: Cold Frame Edibles

    This workshop wil take place on April 6th as part of our Community Plant Sale + Demonstration Day. Participation is free, but will be restricted to 40 guests. RSVP today!

    April 6th, 12:00 PM | Cold Frame Edibles: How to Grow Food in Your DIY Cold Frame

    Growing vegetables in a cold frame made from salvaged windows or other materials is a fun way to extend the gardening season. You can start earlier in the spring, grow later into the fall, and give your hot summer veggies a great start. Bill Thorness, Seattle author of Cool Season Gardener: Extend the Harvest, Plan Ahead, and Grow Vegetables Year Round, will tell you how to get the most from your cold frame. He’ll show different designs, discuss easy building projects, and even lead a stroll through Second Use, pointing out useful materials for your garden. You can also pick up a copy of his book after the talk.

    About Bill Thorness:

    Bill Thorness is a writer and gardener who’s been doing both in Seattle since the mid-1980s. He is the author of Cool Season Gardener: Extend the Harvest, Plan Ahead, and Grow Vegetables Year Round and Edible Heirlooms: Heritage Vegetables for the Maritime Garden. He writes about gardening for many regional publications, including The Seattle Times and PCC Sound Consumer. He also wrote the bestselling bicycling guidebook Biking Puget Sound: 50 Rides from Olympia to the San Juans. He is active in many regional greening organizations, including Seattle Tilth and Master Gardeners, and was recently named the 2014 “Sustainable Hero” by Sustainable Seattle. See his work at

  • Second Use is Hiring!

    Position: Salvage & Customer Service Team Member

    At Second Use Building Materials, Inc., we are building relationships with clients to salvage and reclaim building materials, while offering a retail environment that enables customers to find and utilize reusable building materials for their projects.

    Salvage Store Team Member work will likely include:

    • Providing customer service in our Sodo warehouse
    • Unloading/loading of materials
    • Cashiering
    • Answering phones
    • Maintaining a safe and organized work environment
    • Weekend work

    An ideal candidate will have these qualifications:

    • Able to lift 75+ lbs. repeatedly, all day long
    • Must be a self-motivated and reliable worker
    • Able to work collaboratively in an environment where decisions are made as a group
    • Able to work smart and think in terms of larger organizational system
    • Natural innovator, always looking for more efficient ways of doing things
    • Must be a hard worker
    • Basic computer skills
    • Eager to take on responsibility
    • Able to appreciate material based on aesthetics as well as function
    • Comfortable working with homeowners and contractors
    • Salvage experience is a plus

    Starting pay $12-13/hr DOE. Benefits available: Vacation, Medical / Dental Insurance.
    Send letter of application with resume. The letter of application should state why you are interested in working at Second Use and highlight qualifications you have which are most relevant to the position.

    Please email your letter of application and resume to and thank you for your interest!

  • Seattle PI to Feature Second Use Inventory in Monthly Gallery

    We could not be more flattered to be the subject of the Seattle PI's new, monthly gallery of "odd and exotic treasures."

    "We've long admired Second Use's quirkier items, and the lighthearted commentary that accompanies their online listings. So, we've decided to feature some of their most distinctive offerings once a month," explained Seattle PI journalist Aubrey Cohen.

    We thank Aubrey and the team at the Seattle PI for the opportunity and encourage you to check it out online. Do you agree with their taste?

  • Now Offering Design Services

    Reapproach your project with the insight and guidance of an experienced salvage specialist. In-house designer Sheena McNeice-Hewett offers expertise in the realms of architecture, interior design, and furniture building; allowing you to reap aesthetic, financial, and environmental benefits of salvage without the guesswork.

    Scope of Services Includes:

    • Custom furniture design and building-spacial designs for exterior spaces, interior remodel, new Construction under 4,000 SF*, and interior decorating 
    • Drawn plans/elevations/sections/details/perspectives
    • Physical models
    • Computer generated drawings and models

    Second Use is offering a series of complimentary 40-minute design consultations every Saturday in February from 12-4 on the hour. Appointments required. Please contact for scheduling.

    *As an unlicenced architect, Sheena can offer nonstructural planning for spaces under 4,000 SF