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WHO WE ARE

We specialize in the reclamation of historic building materials. Give us a call if you have an upcoming building or demolition project. We are your architectural salvage & used building materials resource center!

#EWaroundTown: McKinley Hill Street Fair

EWSalvage at McKinley Street Fair in Tacoma
We here at Earthwise always enjoy a good party and the McKinley Hill Street Fair in Tacoma is one we look forward to every year. Last Saturday the Tacoma crew had a spot right across from Top of Tacoma, handing out free popsicles and spreading the good word of salvage.

 

 

Despite the 90º+ weather, our neighbors at Rain or Shine Pizza were on site with their mobile wood fired oven. Original House of Donuts was there too, keeping everyone well stuffed with tasty glazed goodness. JoeFroyo did their part to keep the masses cool with their unique blend of coffee and frozen yogurt.

 

Crafters and artisans from all over the253 showed off their best work. Wane and Flitch welcomed the crowds to East Tacoma with an enormous 20′ live edge slab while artists Anthony Duenas and Shaun Rankin spray painted murals in an alley off the main road. We’ll be there next year for sure so come on out and say hello!

 

Got some good photos from the fair? Post them to Instagram with #ewaroundtown!

 

Post written by Sierra, our Tacoma Store Assistant Manager and Superb Umbrella Holder.

#EWEarthDay Extravaganza: Celebrate Earth Day & Save KPLU!

EWSalvage Earth Day Extravaganza + BBQ starts this Friday, 4/22!

Earth Day 2016 is quickly approaching, as is our biggest event of the year! Schedule and Sale Details are below:

Friday, April 22nd 11AM-4PM
Earth Day BBQ offering free picnic style grillin’ & drinks at both locations! RSVP to your local store: Seattle or Tacoma!

Friday, April 22nd through Monday, April 25th
Celebrating Earth Day and our 25th anniversary, we are offering at least 10% off EVERYthing! Spend $50 or more and get a special extra savings coupon for use when you make a visit to the alternate location during the sale!

Save KPLU by June 30th!

This year, we want to make sure there’s a little extra to go around, so we are joining the movement to help Save KPLU! In lieu of extra discounts, a portion of every sale made 4/22 through 4/25 will go directly to the Save KPLU Campaign. Find out more about how you can take part in saving this local media team and radio station at KPLU.org.

We look forward to celebrating so much with you starting Friday!

#GetSchooled with #EWSalvage at Tacoma’s Stewart Middle School!

In case you haven’t heard from the Facebook page, instagram, twitter or just stopping by the stores recently, both #EWCrews have been slammed studying up on their salvage skills for the past week at Tacoma’s vintage Stewart Middle School circa 1924!

Salvage crews working onsite for a week straight salvaging amazing historic building materials from Tacoma's Stewart Middle School. Vintage Lockers and locker Baskets at EWSalvage Tacoma Vintage Chalkboard Slate at EWSalvage Tacoma Antique theater seats at EWSalvage Tacoma & Seattle. Crane Urinal for your mancave from EWSalvage Tacoma & Seattle. Old Growth Lumber School Cabinets reclaimed EWSalvage Seattle. Vintage industrial pendant lights at EWSalvage Tacoma & Seattle. Trophy Cases at EWSalvage Tacoma & Seattle Authentic rare Stromberg Vintage Wall clock at Earthwise Salvage Yards in Tacoma & Seattle. Vintage Cast Iron trough sinks at EWSalvage Tacoma. Antique cast Sargent door hardware at EWSalvage Tacoma. Reclaimed Locker Room bleacher seating at EWSalvage Tacoma salvage yard. Vintage commercial, industrial kitchen work stations and islands at EWSalvage Tacoma & Seattle.

Truckloads of vintage theater seats, authentic chalkboard slate, lockers, industrial explosion-proof lighting, trough sinks, locker baskets, locker room bleacher seats, commercial galvanized kitchen workstations, urinals, utility sinks, cast door hardware, trophy cases, and solid wood classroom cabinetry have been coming into both stores.

If you’re looking for ideas about how to use this material to get that “school house chic” look for your space, check out our Pinterest page! Make sure to also keep your eyes peeled for the #EWFamous shots that are soon to be coming in reusing these amazing pieces of history in all sorts of creative ways!

 

*Don’t forget to submit your ideas and inspirations from this project as well – send emails to either store or to: marketing ‘at’ ewsalvage ‘dot’ com!*

How We DIY: Beachwood Display Walls

This hot weather has been leaving the EWCrew in Seattle needing a little time on a beach. We’ve also been itching to build a project since we have such great weather. All of this is perfect given Earthwise’s newest reclaimed wood product: beachwood.  If you haven’t been in the stores lately, you may have missed this product’s arrival but have no fear – there’s lots to go around!

Tacoma EWSalvage Beachwood in stock
So, what is this “beachwood,” I’m talking about? The EWBeachwood is vintage scaffolding from sunny California that has been lime washed to give it a beautiful, white, cream, and gray coloring to it. But if you look at it from the side you see it has a secret… It has the most beautiful teal, blue, and purple stripes on the side.  The colored edges tell a story! Part of this material’s history goes that this scaffolding was used by a painting company with multiple teams. To differentiate one teams tools from the the others, each complete scaffolding system had a color assignment to match that team. This way the painting teams would know whose scaffolding was whose (personally I would have wanted to be on the purple team but all colors are great).
This material is 1-3/4″ thick by 9-1/2″ wide and pretty much as long as you want it so its great for benches, tables, shelves (since it has the great colored side detail), headboards – you name it! It is also available in a 5/8″ milled version, perfect for maximizing the square footage each piece can cover – plus this materials is reversible! This is great for texture walls, furring out a beam, using as veneer, or as a back splash.
Since this material has come in, all the staff has been drooling over it and creatively thinking about what WE could use it for. We finally got a chance to do a weekend project and play with this great material when the Seattle EWCrew built a new texture wall for the front display! We wanted to showcase all of our favorite aspects of it: the lime-washed fronts, the vibrant colored sides, and the cool, almost spalted looking reverse of the milled boards. The question was HOW does one showcase all the great aspects of it in one easy to see application?
A texture wall of course! The bottom of the wall is straight 8′ pieces which run vertically (perfect if you wanted to add interest to a wall or room).  At 36″ from the ground, we added a chair rail made from the colored strips and other strips of the inside which show that the material is actually of ply-like construction. Everybody had to pick their favorite piece, of course, so the colors are in varying thicknesses and lengths, which only adds to the variety, diverse colors and interest this material has to offer. Last but not least, we installed staggered pieces displaying both the front and back of this material above the chair rail. Since the scaffolding is not a solid beam, but many layers glued together to create a very heavy, very sturdy piece of lumber the crosscut shows all the details of the wood.
Reclaimed Beachwood Chair Rail Detail
We also played around with sanding the wood as that is a question we need to have the answers for! Sanding the wood too much removes the lime-washed gray finish but since you still need a smooth surface (especially if it will be in a high traffic area), we suggest using a steel or wire brush to remove the loose debris and then sealing it with a flat varnish preserving the finish and character of this unique materials but also saving you from splinters! <–No one wants those!
Tacoma EWSalvage Beachwood Dispaly Wall
The bottom line? Its great that we have so much of the material because it can be used for almost anything AND gets the EWCrew stamp-of-approval. And, as always if you share your beachwood project photos (or any project photo for that matter) we will send you a 15% coupon! Come in and get inspired. What will you use it for?
Seattle EWSalvage Beachwood Dispaly Wall

Ask-A-Pro Sessions – coming SOON to an #EWSalvage near YOU!

NEW this week: Ask-A-Pro Series Tickets available starting 5/8/15!

 

Have you heard of our “Ask-a-Pro” series coming up this July? This year on top of our regular #YEW workshops and events, we are excited to offer a brand new Q&A discussion with trade industry professionals throughout the entire month of July – #SALVAGEDESIGN Month! While we know it seems a long time away, we are excited to announce that punch cards are available as of this week at either location – read on for all the details…

How will this work? For most of the month, a salvage “pro” be coming in for a few hours at the location of their choice to answer questions and/or provide a demonstration in-store about using salvaged materials while sharing their general perspective on salvage and reuse. These sessions are only open to pass-holders (passes cost a suggested donation fee of $10+) and all proceeds collected from the event will go directly to our non-profit partners – Historic Seattle & Historic Tacoma.

Who are these Pros anywho? If you are an #EWSalvage Calendar holder, you’ll see that we’ve already got designers, contractors, preservationists, and many more skilled individuals on the calendar. Special guests currently include: Gabe Behrend of Dolan Built Construction, Kinley Deller of King County DNRP/SWD, Connie Kay Interior Design, Jak Moroshan of Modco Design, Rosichelli Design, Pete Tabor of Spacemen LLC, Harmony Weihs of DesignHarmony, just to name a few!

More information will come as we get closer, but suffice it to say it’s good to get in NOW! Sign-up below to receive updates specifically about the Ask-A-Pro Series.

*Are you interested in being one our featured salvage pros? We would love to have you join the schedule – please email marketing ‘at’ ewsalvage.com for more information, share your ideas for a session or to volunteer to be a pro!*

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#EWEarthDay2015: Sale starts on Earth Day 4/22 + BBQs on 4/24

It’s that time again: the famous Earthwise Earth Day Sale & BBQ season is here! Why is this sale famous? Well, it has always been our biggest sale of the year & we have people who wait all year long just for this one event! And, after last year’s month-long, anniversary salvage sale-abration, we’ve been really working hard trying to figure out how to top that to keep the excitement going!

#EWEarthDay2015 Sale starts 4/22!

 

So, this year, we’re being taken over with all sorts of ways to get more salvage while spending less, enjoying free food while feelin’ the reclaimed history, and also finding ways to support local historic preservation and reuse efforts – more details on all of this below. (Note: have you read Knute Berger’s latest article about the proposed budget cuts to the Department of Archaeology & Historic Preservation?)

 

BBQ Details: We always have a BBQ during the week and this year is no exception! Friday 4/24 starting at 11:30 through 4:30is or when everyone is stuffed full of good food! Make sure to RSVP to your favorite location for all the details: Seattle or Tacoma.

Sale Details: The shindig starts at both stores tomorrow on Earth Day – Wednesday 4/22 through Sunday 4/26.

– Get a $10 #EWSalvage Gift Certificate with any purchase of $50+ — 4/22 ONLY!

– Loyalty member or #EWSalvage Calendar holder? Get an extra 5% OFF any deal you want – that means bring your #EWSalvage calendar, loyalty card, #EWFamous coupons, or get an Earth Day scratcher….just tack an extra 5% off onto whichever one you want just for being #YEW! — 4/22 ONLY!

Through Sunday, 4/26:

– Any purchase gets a chance to save up to 30% OFF* your purchase immediately with scratcher savings PLUS additional savings on certain items at both stores.

– Bring in ANY Earthwise acceptable/desirable materials to the stores & save an extra 5% OFF any purchase that day.

– Help us ‘Build a City’ by adding your house to our wall when you make a donation in-stores to Historic Seattle or Historic Tacoma through 4/26. (100% of contributions made will go to these preservation organizations)!

Raffles throughout the entire sale: sign-up to win one of 2-$50 #EWSalvage Gift Certificates (1-winner at each location to be drawn on Sunday, 4/26); one of 10-$20 #EWSalvage Gift Certificates (1-winner at each location drawn at the end of each day 4/22-4/26); & opportunities to win free #EWSalvage goodies and access to #YEW workshops & events!

– Ghostruck, our partner in green moving and delivery of salvaged treasures,  is offering 10% OFF any deliveries scheduled from either location of #EWSalvage – ask any associate for details or help getting the free Ghostruck App or how to get your delivery scheduled! #dontmoveityourself

– A coloring contest to win special membership in the Kid’s EWCrew at the #EWSalvage location where you enter for a calendar year + a special goodie bag on May 2nd at our Historic Preservation Scavenger Hunt Celebration in Tacoma <— for the young’uns or young-at-heart!

 

We can’t wait to see you! You’ll be green with salvage envy if you miss this year’s #EWEarthDaySale. We hope to see you at some point during the event!

Get your treasure hunt On: First Ever #EWSalvage Scavenger Hunt Announced!

YEW should join our first EWSalvage Historic Preservation Scavenger Hunt Sneak Peek

We are SO excited to announce the latest addition to the #YEW event calendar this year: our FIRST ever historic preservation scavenger hunt!!!

We’ve teamed up with the Tacoma Historic Preservation Department, the Children’s Museum of Tacoma, and Stadium High School students have donated their talents by doing a class project in which they learned about and photographed (sneak peek of those shots below!) historically intriguing and architecturally significant buildings and structures throughout Tacoma in a fun and engaging look at their surroundings, identifying how these structures make a difference in our community.

This adventure is FREE and open to all who like a good challenge, have an eagle’s eye for spotting treasure, and a passion for historic adventures!

Enroll online with the City Of Tacoma Historic Preservation Department or at either photo display location (mentioned above) starting on Friday, April 10 thru Friday, May 1st – come join the fun! There’s no time to waste – sign-up now:

Download & Print your Map to get started!

How’s this thing gonna work? Get the details:
Use your clue sheet (included with enrollment) for hints to different locations throughout the Tacoma-area (most locations on checklist are within a 15-mile driving radius. Take beautiful drive or stroll through different neighborhoods and enjoy the rich history and uniqueness each one has to offer). Check off sites visited and sketch a little picture or take a photo of the sights you’ve seen!

Stumped or want to see more clues? Visit either Earthwise Architectural Salvage OR Tacoma Children’s Museum to view professional grade pictures taken by Stadium High School Photography Class Students & for additional clues.

Then, join us on May 2, at Earthwise Architectural Salvage in Tacoma for snacks, beverages and an a swag bag for all those who participate! We will compare sketches, photos, and stories from the hunt. We’ll compare results & share experiences of the history we’ve uncovered!

 

Your Dream Design Project is Here Somewhere: EWSalvage Reclaimed Finishes & Materials Line

EWSalvage Reclaimed Beachwood at the Seattle Showroom.

 

How do you add more character…to that accent wall or other project you’ve been planning for this year?! We’ve always got a few ideas…but what do you think of using the newest member to the custom materials line: Beach Wood (see photo above) from Earthwise? A new addition to the #EWSalvage family is now available for custom order! We are calling this reclaimed lumber ‘beach wood’ and it is remilled at our Tacoma location.

The unique history of this material resulted in the blues, teals and grays that evoke that beachy vibe. It was originally used as scaffolding for a painting company! The reverse (below, right) of the material is also pretty cool, we can’t decide which we like more! Help us decide by casting your vote over at the FB page – bonus: tell us how you’d use this new material.

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Come into the showrooms to see samples, get more information & place orders – mention this blog post and save 5% immediately**! You can also email us with your questions and ideas!

**Are you a designer, architect, business or property owner interested in this reclaimed material or other options? Let us know – we will even come to YOU or your business and have trade discount opportunities we would love to offer you – contact or speak with Kadence at marketing “at” ewsalvage.com for more information.

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#iluvEW: Workshops, Rentals & Weddings?

Red, pink & white glitter. Heart-shaped boxes full of chocolates. Red roses by the dozen. Hearts both literally & figuratively EVERYwhere. Yes, you guessed it: Valentine’s Day is upon us!

Our efforts this month involve sharing the salvage love with you at our first workshop of the year! At the Tacoma location, we’ve got some fun DIY and crafting projects for you and we will also be discussing inspiration and ideas for integrating salvaged materials into your special event plans and decorations. Sign up over at our eventbrite calendar here!

The #iluvEW sale is also coming up – get your Earthwise calendar before it’s too late – stock is getting low! For the first time EVER, we will offer a compounded savings offer: any purchase made February 14-16, use an #EWSalvage 2015 calendar deal AND save an extra 5% on the entire purchase! BONUS: If you’re a member of our loyalty program (join at either location the next time you visit with just your phone number), you get early access to the sale!

Lastly, we wanted to remind you that we have an entire pinterest board full of ideas for your special events and holidays, as well as offering rental services that help add to the ambiance of your special day, photo shoot, commercial, film, student work, or community project without breaking the budget! We are also quite happy to be the setting for these events, shoots or creative-endeavor-for-which-we-don’t-yet-even-have-a-word: just send us an email with your inquiry and we will see what we can do!

Some past examples of rentals or special events at EWSalvage:

Josh + Jessica by Locket Studios

Ghostsniffers: Season 2

Decay Preserves Seattle Earthwise 2012

Surface & Paypal HERE partner for Small Business POS Video

Godzilla at EWSalvage Seattle

Photo Credits/Links: 1)  Engagement photo shoot for the exceptionally sweet couple, Josh + Jessica, shot by the talented Locket Studios in 2013; 2) Ghostsniffers, various scenes in Season 2, 2013; 3) Decay Preserves: Installation in Westlake Center, 2012; 4) Microsoft + PayPal HERE for Small Business POS with Surface, 2014; 5) The now infamous Godzilla & his ‘No Farting’ mug, just one of many props used to recreate the college experience seen in the 2011 film, 21 & Over.

 

7 Inpsiring EWSalvage Services You Never Knew Existed!

The Debbie Miller at EWSalvage Seattle

Last week, Seattle-based singer/songwriter Debbie Miller and photographer, Nate Watters, gave us a call requesting permission to stop by for drop-in photo shoot. It occurred to us, that seeing as we get this question often, how inspiring many people find salvage and salvage yards, yet don’t know quite how to use that inspiration..or what they’re even allowed to do with it.

EWCrew understand this request – that’s part of the fun of the salvage yard, right? We know all too well how chock full our smartphones’ storage are of salvage photos! In that light, we wanted to post a reminder that OF COURSE you can take photos at Earthwise stores – we absolutely encourage it! We just ask that you give credit when social sharing with the #EWSalvage hashtag or email us when you do so we can delight in your creativity as well – plus we are almost always happy to help promote your work as well if you’re a creative entrepreneur! (HELLO, #EWFamous promotion!)

This got us to thinking about how many people don’t know about or don’t take advantage of many services we offer that all too often would save you time or money, OR BOTH while also inspiring you or your business or the world – we like to think BIG right along with #YEW!

1. Workshops & Demonstrations:

We’ve been offering workshops officially for a year now, we’ve heard many requests for more in-depth and more project-based themes. From building a door bookcase to touring #EWFamous breweries in Tacoma’s Downtown, this year offers 12 workshops for you to try starting at just $10! We also add sporadic drop-in sessions throughout the year to demonstrate new ways to use salvage or DIY projects we are working on. Make sure to let us know what workshop YOU want to take here!

2. Community Outreach & Volunteer Opportunities:

We LOVE working with #YEW to directly impact the thriving communities of which we are so lucky to be a part! We are community event participants whenever possible and applicable to our mission – if you have an event coming up, let us know and we will put it on the calendar to help you get the word out, or we are happy to hear about sponsorship and outreach opportunities as well. Keep an eye on the calendar as well – there are volunteer opportunities that are popping up all the time and we’d love you to join the EWcrew when we participate.

Maybe you’re not available to participate? That’s ok! Consider making a salvage materials donation to Earthwise and a portion of those proceeds will go directly to the non-profit partner of your choice – Find out more about our salvage services here! We also offer reduced prices or donations for many projects in which we participate; if you are a member of a community organization, school, non-profit, theater, or organization seeking materials or a gift for a project or you/your organization are hosting an event and believe sponsorship or participation from Earthwise would benefit attendees, please let us know!

3. Petina & DIY Salvage Kits:

Need to figure out how to make barnwood when you can’t find any at Earthwise? Chalkboard paint only comes in black…and costs $twenty-seven dollars A QUART?! How do you get the paint off those face plates you fell in love with? How the heck can I repurpose a bedspring? All of these questions and more are easily answered with EWSalvage Kits: they come with everything you need to make your salvaged projects that much simpler! Have you tried any of them? Starting at just $3 for the petina kits (PLUS unlimited 50-cent refills when you save the canister), they’re always a good way to introduce your people to salvage as well.

4. The Salvage Strip & FREE Project Advice:

The blog you’re on now is where we post tutorials that we have personally tried, made display samples news about new projects and announcements that pertain to EW. But we also LOVE putting DIY projects as we find them on here. Staff members at Earthwise are on the cusp of industry trends, especially those that involve salvage and sustainability. We don’t charge for design or project advice – in fact, we LOVE hearing about your latest project and helping with it! If needed, you can even setup a time that works for you to tell us about your project and ask for our creative input

We love what we do. No seriously though – this isn’t just a job! Many of the employees started working at Earthwise because they were already salvage fanatics and often spend their weekend much the same way they spend their workdays: working on salvaged projects or looking for reusable stuff!

5. NEW Expanded Carpentry Services:

Reclaimed wood seems to be something that REALLY inspires you guys – we see TONS of innovative new ideas in those #EWFamous posts and emails. This special natural resource is exciting to work with and offer on our end as well! Many of you have taken advantage of our custom milling services but we are excited to offer a NEW extended carpentry service at our Seattle location: custom precision cuts starting at $5/cut*! Now that gym flooring table you’ve been thinking about just got more accessible, right?!

*some limitations and minimum requirements apply – please call the Seattle location for exact details.

6. NEW Ask-A-Pro Series & Trade Referrals:

This year on top of our regular workshops and events, we are excited to offer a brand new Q&A discussion with trade industry professionals throughout the entire month of July – #SALVAGEDESIGNMONTH! These sessions will be open to pass-buyers (Suggested donation of $10+ for up to 10-sessions punchcards – 100% proceeds from this will go to Historic Seattle and Historic Tacoma) be posted on the calendar – sign-up here to receive updates on the Ask-A-Pro Series:

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Maybe you don’t have the tools at home to finish your project quite like you want. Or you’ve never even considered using salvaged fir flooring throughout your whole house because the installation and refinishing process seems daunting! Well, don’t worry – EWSalvage would love to get you in contact with the finishing company or service provider that specializes in what you need and is familiar with using salvaged materials. We provide resources like this on a daily basis and we almost ALWAYS have at least one trusted provider that we would love to send you to.

7. Salvage Staging Rentals & Event Rentals:

YES! Earthwise rents nearly all store items for your photo-shoots, events, film-making or other purposes. We know a few savvy brides that have taken advantage of this service! At the time of rental, Customer agrees to pay a one-time, non-refundable fee of: 15% of the retail cost of each item plus tax for a rental period of up to 14 days, OR 20% of the retail cost of each item plus tax for a rental period more than 14 days up to 31 days (or longer, if approval is given by management).

Now that we’ve come full circle, we DEFINITELY entertain opportunities for photo shoots and event rentals! We have been the background for photo shoots for engagement photos, documentaries, commercials, and SO much more. We’ve even been the location for a surprise 50th birthday party! The sky’s the limit – just let us know what you want to do and we will do our best to let you know how we can work together!

Did we miss anything? Let us know what services, programs, and more you want to see Earthwise offer here, in the comments, or send us an email anytime at marketing ‘at’ ewsalvage.com.

 

Microsoft Surface & Paypal HERE Videoshoot Release!

Remember about a month ago when you came to #EWSalvage in Seattle and happened upon a HUGE crew shooting something but we couldn’t tell you more than it was just a commercial? Or maybe your were perusing the Facebook Page or Instagram and caught wind of something happening at the store and wondered what the heck that was?

Well, we are officially able to tell you! It’s really exciting and was very hush-hush for the last few weeks, but Microsoft Surface & Paypal HERE are introducing a NEW point-of-sale system specifically for small businesses and their owners, always on the go and out-and-about.

Here’s the video! Recognize the place? See if you recognize anyone – was that Bindi making a cameo? Let us know what you think about the video in the comments and/or share with people you know!

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Surface & Paypal HERE at Earthwise

Read more about the partnership and the vast array of services this new POS offers businesses on the Surface Blog!

 

Savings & Salvage: 2015 #EWSalvage Calendars Released!

Just in case you haven’t heard yet, this year we created something NEW for all of #YEW with your help. Remember all those #EWFamous photos you’ve been contributing and seeing all over the Earthwise website, social media and more? Well, now you might just find yours in a PRINT version:

NOW AVAILABLE for just $5 at BOTH locations: #EWSalvage 2015 Calendars!

#EWSalvage 2015 Calendar

Inside the calendars, you’ll find images from #EWFamous businesses, DIY projects, residential reuse projects as well as events, sales, workshop and promotions that will be happening throughout the year at Earthwise retail locations, and, of course, coupons that to be used throughout the year at Earthwise stores for extra savings! No more asking for a discount – you’ve got a sure bet!

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Starting as soon as TODAY, sign up to get your seat at events and workshops that are coming up – just go to our eventbrite sign-up page for details!

Make sure to keep an eye on that #EWSalvage Calendar of yours to stay in the salvage state-of-mind all year long! Keep those #EWFamous project photos coming our way and keep saving at Earthwise – just send your pics to marketing@ewsalvage.com or use the #EWFamous hashtag when you social share. And remember, our favorite thing is to see you at either location looking for your next inspiration to take hold!

Many thanks to all of our incredible partners for this year’s coming events: The City of Tacoma Historic Preservation Department, Connie Kay of Connie Kay Design, Eastside Neighborhood Advisory Committee, Earthcorps, Gabe Behrend of Dolan Built Construction, Ghostruck, Harmony Weihs of DesignHarmony, Historic Seattle, Historic Tacoma, Jak Moroshan of Modco Design, Jon Rosichelli of Rosichelli Design, J.R. Reding Company, Kinley Deller with DNRP/SWD Recycling & Environmental Services Department of King County, Odd Otter Brewing, Pete Tabor of SpaceMen LLC, Spaceworks-Tacoma, STG, Sue Goetz of Urban Garden Co., among other community organizations & businesses with 2015 events TBD.

How #YEW Saved the Seattle Holiday Tree!

Reclaimed Wood Tree lit at EWSalvage Seattle

The Christmas Tree is an iconic symbol of the season. Many will set up their PERFECT tree after Thanksgiving and will enjoy it through the end of the year…or maybe even until Valentine’s Day like one of our own did last year (we know your secrets, Kadence!).  At Earthwise, we, too, have been enjoying the splendor of a giant 10’ Christmas tree in classic Earthwise-style. It all began when the store manager, Lacy, was drooling over a catalog and saw a reclaimed,  slatted wood Christmas tree.  She thought to herself, “EW could make one of those…probably cooler!” So, she cut out the image and brought it into work and left it on a desk for all to see. The idea went over very well and construction was soon underway the Saturday after Thanksgiving.

Tree Branches EWSalvage Holiday Tree in Seattle

First things first, Matt had to calculate how many cedar T&G slats would be needed for the 10’ tree (anything less would be too small for the warehouse in Seattle with its 20′ ceiling). He did this by taking the 10’ tree minus 2’ (1’ for the base and 1’ for the star) and dividing the leftover by the thickness of the t &g.  We needed 160 slats. Then we figured the 160 slats needed to gradually go from biggest at the base (3’ long) to the smallest at the top (4”). Then he cut them smaller and smaller until we had enough to build the tree.

Next we drilled out a 1 inch hole in each “branch” for the steel pipe “trunk” to fit through. We decided on a 1 inch galvanized steel pipe because all the weight of the tree needed to be supported by something strong.  Nobody wants to be crushed by a 10’ tall salvaged Christmas tree!

At this point all is going well. The tree was going to be up by the end of the weekend and life would be good…or so we thought. As we quickly learned, when measuring pipe it’s an inside diameter NOT the outside diameter, meaning the 1” pipe bought for the tree was actually a 1.25” pipe and our holes in our branches are now too small to fit on the trunk for the tree. We tried drilling the hole in the branches larger but it broke the branches or left many of them chewed up. So, we were stuck and frustrated.

At Earthwise, we often lend sympathetic ears for customers when their projects go awry so it was a fun switch when our customers jumped in and helped. When a customer told us we would have to use a file and grind the holes larger by hand we wanted to cry. But before we knew it a few customers jumped in and did a few and the staff all did several and by the end of the next weekend the holes were finally large enough. A whole #YEW community project – if you contributed that day – the crew wants to say thanks!! We slid them onto the trunk and it was finished…except for standing it up. Once again the weekend crew was stumped, but not to fear! We quickly figured out how to stabilize the base and keep the tree up with the help of a pallet jack. The addition of a salvaged bedspring star made it complete! We decorated it and finished the front display and we were ready for the Holidays!

EWSalvage Crew decking the EWSalvage Seattle Holiday Tree

EWSalvage Holiday Tree Complete and Bare

But why stop there? Once the front display was finished, the door display above the counter looked bare! Nothing some green spray paint, a few 2x4s and 1x4s, festively colored cabinet hardware couldn’t fix: we made wreaths for the doors (see photo below)! And, since we have new staff members in the Seattle store who wanted to play with the Holiday Tree and Snowman DIY Kits we have a forest of festivities around the store! We have enjoyed the decorating, no matter how challenging. And, getting to see all of our customers enjoy the store at the holidays has made all of our hard work pay off.

Thank you for celebrating with Earthwise and hope all of you have very Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year!

EWWreaths

Bedspring Star on EWSalvage Seattle Holiday Tree

This post was written by Lacy Kabrich, Seattle EWSalvage Store Manager.

Be in the Salvage State of Mind for all of 2015!

Our customers (#yew) are curious folk – hey, that’s probably why you’re coming to a salvage shop in the first place: you love to go treasure hunting! We consistently get questions wondering when the next sale is, what workshop is next month, what they can do with this salvaged door…well, we are we are very excited to announce a brand new bit of work you’ve all been asking for: Stay in #EWsalvage state of mind all year long with our new 2015 calendars!

Full of inspiring images, your #ewfamous shots (we sure do love seeing those pics – keep ’em coming!), community events, workshops, tours, sales, and over $100 in savings from Earthwise and other local businesses! Just $5! To be released 1/2/15 (both stores are closed on New Year’s Day) but you can preorder yours now through 12/31/14 for 20% off and free shipping!

Preorder your #EWSalvage 2015 calendar

Salvage Word Wednesdays: Board Foot

Salvage Word Wednesdays began as an answer to a customer’s curiosity – see the first post here! In these posts, expect to find a jargon or EWSlang term and its definition with an example (or two!) of how we use it, to the best of our abilities/knowledge. See the whole series here! If you have questions or want to submit a word, please send us your ideas via email at marketing@ewsalvage.com.

Week 2: BOARD FOOT

Salvage Wood: Board Foot

EWSalvage Example: “Reclaimed lumber is sold by the board foot.”

This term is a relatively young term to ‘Americanism’ and building trades jargon, emerging in the 1890s-1900s – not surprisingly, right around the time our beloved Washington Territory was also being explored by the hordes of lumbermen, carpenters, builders, and other skilled artisans that would build the foundations of what would one day become the second largest timber-producing State in the Nation – thanks for that fact NatGeo! As American History USA puts it, “It is difficult to imagine the development of Seattle and the rest of Washington without the presence of the logging industry.” Now, after that foray into history, back to business.

Definition: board foota unit of measure equal to the cubic contents of a piece of lumber one foot square and one inch thick, used in measuring logs and lumber. (abbrev. bf.ft.; BF).

At EWSalvage, you’ve probably heard a staff member relay that we sell our reclaimed, remilled vintage lumber by the BOARD FOOT. However, not all the lumber we acquire and sell comes in a perfect cube! So, in laymen’s terms, a board foot is a volumetric, proportional measurement which relates any piece of lumber to a hypothetical section which measures 12″x12″x1″ to determine board footage and ultimately, the selling price! Whew…that was a mouthful!

This post is becoming a bit more like Salvage Word & Math Lesson Wednesday: let’s say you came to the salvage yard and are making a fireplace mantel. You found a piece of fir at Earthwise that is just right: 3″ x 8-1/2″ x 78″. To determine the board footage of a beam, use this equation:

BF =   (L” x W” x D”) / 144″

So, that means your mantel stock piece has 13.8125 BF in volume. Simply multiply that by the $4.50/BF price to get the cost: $62.16+tax! Nice find.

EWSalvage typically sells reclaimed lumber brimming with character, nail stains, check marks, and sometimes, even those highly coveted sawblade marks for $1.95 – 3.95/BF; remilled, rough sawn lumber sells for $4.50+/BF (additional charges may apply for surfacing requests, rarer oversized stock or timber species, rush services, delivery, etc). 1″- 2-1/2″ stock is available at both locations in 6″-11″ widths x 6′-12′ lengths; we also stock chunkier dimensional material of all sorts for any project size – call or visit for current stock. Large quantity required or we don’t have what you’re looking for right now? We also offer custom milling services through the vintage sawmill at our Tacoma location – just call or email us at either location for details, lead time, minimum order size, etc!

From furniture makers, business and home owners, to DIY mantel or heirloom table project makers, salvage lovers like you have used this material in a myriad of creative ways – find TONS of examples on our #EWFamous Inspiration Page! Because we just don’t let trees get 100’s of years old anymore, this is a non-renewable resource and a great way to add character, history and provenance to your projects. This material is a showstopper and will make any project command at least a second glance!

Make sure to let us know how YOU have used reclaimed and/or remilled lumber from Earthwise, or can imagine them being used. Email us at either location or at marketing@ewsalvage.com with your salvage word suggestions!

Reclaimed Lumber Sign at EarthwiseReclaimed fir lumber at Earthwise Seattle.Dining room table made by Tim W from doug fir remilled and reclaimed by Earthwise Salvage in Tacoma.

 

 

 

#ShopSmall this Holiday Season…Salvage Style!

Happy Holidays from Earthwise!

We’ve been working on new kits for this Holiday season, since they are the perfect stocking stuffer for the salvage-minded on your list! We are excited to announce a NEW winter-themed kit this year: Salvaged Snowman as well as the return of last year’s Holiday Tree kit!

Remember to #ShopSmall this holiday season!

This weekend for Black Friday and Small Business Saturday, both locations will release the new salvage kits along with some great specials:

Save 15% on all purchases the ENTIRE weekend!

-The first 20 customers at either location on Friday get an extra 5% off their first purchase!

-Purchase ANY of the DIY or holiday kits and get a $10 Earthwise gift certificate!*

-Purchase a LEADOut Lead-based Paint Stripper Kit and get a $15 Earthwise gift certificate!*

While supplies last 11/28/14 through 12/26/14, excludes Petina Kits, cannot be combined with any other offers, gift certificate cannot be used as payment in purchasing transaction.

Salvage Word Wednesdays: Wood Jackets

Salvage Word Wednesdays began as an answer to a customer’s curiosity regarding a term we used to describe a design detail in an Earthwise newsletter in October 2014. It was her idea that we explain (more in depth) certain phrases, words, and terms used in the salvage and construction industries on a regular basis with which the layman may not be familiar. In these posts, expect to find a jargon or EWSlang term and its definition and an example (or two!) of how we use it, to the best of our abilities. See the whole series here! If you have questions or want to submit a word, please send us your ideas via email at marketing@ewsalvage.com.

Week 1: WOOD JACKETS

EWSalvage Example: “Mike reused wood jackets as wall paneling in his entry way.”

This term is used in reference to the thin layer of greyish to chocolatey-brown oxidation that is 1/32″-1/16″ in thickness on the  outermost layer of reclaimed beams, which is usually milled off to square the material for the sawing process. This is where you see the majority of the character markings, saw blade marks, nail stains, chipping paints and patina on a piece of lumber. This material is non-uniform in dimension and not considered useable by the lumber industry – just waste to them, can you believe that?!

The resulting material which EWSalvage sells for .50 – 1.75/LF is between 1/8″-1/2″ thin and varies in lengths and widths. There are 2 finish sides: one with the patina and one without oxidation. Many clients have used this to clad walls, adding more warmth and visual interest than traditional tongue-in-groove wall paneling. It can also be used with blocking to recreate the look of exposed beams. Many love them for creative projects, as their non-uniformity lends them to easier use than full sized lumber cuts: think signage, furniture treatments, picture frames, shelving, and more.

Make sure to let us know how YOU have used wood jackets, or imagine them being used. And if you do make jackets out of wood, we would love hear about that, too! Email us at either location or at marketing@ewsalvage.com with your salvage word suggestions!

Wood Jackets Explained by EWSalvageWood jacket material visible in natural form on fir beam. Wood jacket layer visible in gray, bleached or painted form on fir beam

 

Ghostruck Partnership Announcement

We are SO excited to announce that we are officially partnering with Ghostruck, a local company that specializes in pick-up and delivery services! As of November 1st, all client deliveries will be facilitated with Ghostruck so the salvage crew can focus even more on getting quirky and interesting items into the Earthwise locations for you to peruse! Find out more about the connection and how it works at either location & check out how easy it is to have your next salvage purchase delivered!

20+2 Because of Y + EW!

As summer quickly slips behind us and our 20 + 2 year anniversary saleabrations come to a close, we can’t help but reflect on some of the fantastic moments we’ve had here at Earthwise and thank all of you for being part of those. Each person that walks into our retail locations, and that we meet through the process of acquisitions has a unique story that lives on through each piece that takes residence among the treasures here at Earthwise. Every time we receive photos from customers of a cast off relic that’s been brought back to life, whether it be through repurposing or reuse, we feel our mission has been realized and can’t help but be proud of the fact that we are a part of the larger whole in making salvage a viable and sustainable lifestyle. Each one of you that shares your projects, your story, your comments is an integral part of what keeps the vision alive and we can’t thank you enough for all that you do. So, we extend to you all a hearty thank you for all the memories you have made with us over the last 22 years and we look forward to sharing with you at least 22 more!

P.S.. We love our #EWfamous emails, Facebook and instagram shares, KEEP ‘EM COMING! Till next time, SALVAGE ON!

We’re Looking for YOU!

Are you tired of the monotony of corporate retail? Have you watched (more than) your fair share of American Pickers, PawnStars, American Restoration, or Salvage Dogs and have thought to yourself where one finds such an awesome job?! Are you looking to use your talent and experience where it will be appreciated by a local company and its customers? Earthwise is looking for YOU!

We currently have an open part-time position of approximately 24-30 hours per week, but may move to full-time. You would be a perfect fit if you are into reuse and sustainability, love old or antique building materials, are customer-motivated, friendly and unabashedly curious.

Interested candidates, visit the posting here for more information & apply!

Labor Day Discoveries

Seattle Labor Day Parade 1938 SeattlePI MOHAI

You could say we like to scour the internet for funky, historic visual imagery to share with you, our fellow salvage and history lovers. Sounds familiar, eh? Well, we just can’t get enough of vintage photos lately. Especially ones from Vintage Seattle, the Washington State Digital Archives we mentioned in last week’s post, or our most recent find this week: the UW Projects on PNW Labor and Civil Rights. May not sound enticing, but once you click, we’re sure you’ll get sucked in like we did!

This website is chock full of interesting moments not only in PNW history. For example, did you know that the Seattle Strike of February 1919 was the first city-wide labor action in America to be proclaimed a “general strike?” There’s also an entire project page dedicated to the History of Civil Rights in our region, which in light of recent events, seemed like an appropriate read.

Finally, we really enjoyed this page of galleries with hundreds of photos from all sorts of reputable sources, including our featured image, which is a Seattle PI photo in the Lonnie Nelson Collection at MOHAI. In this shot, we’re looking North up 2nd Ave in Downtown Seattle from the south-west corner of James St at the Labor Day Parade in 1938, as the Longshoremen proceed in the parade. Here’s the modern view – see the Hartford building in both shots? Enjoy the view back in time – let us know what you find via Facebook, Twitter or Instagram!

The Grace Chapel Salvage: In Photos

 

This church was in Ballard: Grace Gospel Church. Although the church been used since the time it was built in 1906, the current congregation chose to sell the building due to the fact that  the “church body had gotten smaller, the repairs to [the] older building were costly and our resources were slim,” states Pastor Sharon, on the church’s website. She went on to say,”We could no longer ignore the situation we were in and after many congregational meetings we entered into a sales agreement to sell our beloved building.”

Although submitted as a potential nominee for historic building designation, the building was not deemed historically significant by the Department of Neighborhoods according to the Land Use Bulletin Decision on the City of Seattle’s website. Earthwise also searched the Washington State Digital Archives in vain for any historic photos of the church (and we may have also gotten a bit distracted by all of the FREE, downloadable, high quality historic photos of Seattle, Tacoma and all over Washington State that are available online here).

Prior to demolition, Earthwise crews have been salvaging materials from this church. We managed to save many original elements of the building, including: maghogany church pews, opaque ‘pinwheel’ glass church windows, entry and interior doors with hardware, and what is likely to be the original lighted cross emblem, which would have been used on the exterior of the church but removed and placed in attic storage at some point in time. These items will live on in our community through reuse.

For more information on the move of the congregation of Grace Gospel Church, visit the website. These items were salvaged by Earthwise in Seattle; questions about these items? Feel free to contact the Seattle location by phone (206) 624-4510 or email at seattle@ewsalvage.com. This article was written by Kadence Englehardt, Earthwise Salvage.

Salvage Sale-abration: We want to say THANK YOU!

Earthwise Salvage 20+2 Years Anniversary Sale

Thank you Tacoma! Thank you Seattle! Thank you to the entire Pacific Northwest for supporting this local business and the salvage industry!

We wouldn’t be here without YOU!

We’ve been respecting the past & sustaining the future since 1991 and we are so thankful to be celebrating our 2 years in Tacoma this year! If you haven’t visited the Tacoma store – NOW is the time! Sale starts TODAY and runs the entire month of August! BOTH stores will have mark-downs on salvaged goods as follows:

8/1 – 8/8: Doors & Cabinets 20% OFF!
8/9 – 8/15: Lighting & Furniture 20% OFF!
8/16 – 8/22: Garden & Appliances 20% OFF!
8/23 – 8/31: Bath Fixtures & Thermal Windows 20% OFF!

Make sure to stay in touch with #EWSalvage each week for updates! We can’t wait to see you this month!

Add some Magic to your Friday this week!

In partnership with one of our #EWFamous businesses, Querk Group, we are excited to announce that this Friday, July 18th, Earthwise in Seattle is co-hosting a collaborative design and upcycling event to celebrate the launch of the Magic Room in the Pioneer Building in Seattle’s Pioneer Square!

The Happy(ish) Hour Event begins with the official launch of the Magic Room. Designed by owner John Lever, here you’ll find “an intimate meeting space for businesses within the historical Pioneer Square district. This small conference room is chocked full of Earthwise goodness. From the massive wood-planked, light bulb chandelier to the industrial glass globes serving as ivy planters, The Magic Room shows your typically sterile work place a thing or two about reinventing office design using ‘upcycled’ materials.”

Following the Magic Room visit, the party will continue as we all head to Earthwise for an after hours, “out-of-bounds” tour of the Seattle location and a demonstration of how to use salvaged materials while we enjoy more nibbles and bites. The evening will also include the give-away of 4-$50 gift certificates for salvaged goods from Earthwise as well as a  10% discount to all those in attendance to be spent this evening ONLY!

RSVP Here!

Event Details:

Where: Meet at the Magic Room, located at 600 1st Ave Seattle, WA 98104

What: Tours of the Magic Room and Earthwise-Seattle, and nibbles and bites at both venues.

When: Friday, July 18th, 2014.

We can’t wait to see you! For more information about the event, including parking, please visit the event sign-up page or call the Seattle location at 206-624-4510.

 

 

EWSalvage First Tacoma Workshop

 
We are pleased to have successfully launched our first #EWSalvage Workshop here in Tacoma. Over 18 die hard #EWSalvage friends braved the chilly wind and rain to gather around the old sequoia, learning the benefits of Lead Out Paint Remover. One of our guests even got down & dirty with helping scrape old paint off of various surfaces we had applied the Lead Out to. Loved how safe it felt to spread this soy-based product to our wooden rosettes, tiles, doors and wood window frames, knowing that it now rendered the lead-based paint which had previously covered these pieces, non-toxic and hazard free.

Each participant received a complimentary goody bag jam-packed with handy Earthwise information and a fun mini red measuring tape along with enjoying a light mid morning snack of croissants, fruit, cheese and beverages. We closed our workshop with a drawing for a copy of Joanne Palmisano’s book ‘ Salvage Secrets Design & Decor ‘ which lucky lady, Bronwyn, is now the proud owner of! Congratulations to you, Bronwyn!

It was great to see so many of our attendees stay after the workshop to enjoy the 15% discount they received just for taking part! Being able to spend some time with a few people from our creative Earthwise community, sharing tips, tricks, food, and a few laughs really re-energized us and left us eagerly anticipating our next gathering! Looking forward to an ever growing future full of Salvage fun, stay tuned for more details. Until next time…SALVAGE ON!!

For more information on future salvage workshops and community events, please call or visit one of the stores: 253.476.7837 (Tacoma) or 206.624.4510 (Seattle). Photos and article by Tracy Earles, Earthwise Tacoma.

 

Waste Makes Good Taste

Good tasting vegetables, that is!

 

If you haven’t heard of TAGRO, here is a little history. Short for “Tacoma Gro”, TAGRO premium mix soil is made by the city of Tacoma from a blend of waste water byproducts, called biosolids, and other weed­-free gardening components. Consumers in the greater Tacoma area have been using this environmentally friendly product in landscaping and vegetable gardens since 1991. The best thing about the mix is it’s FREE!

Now if you need something to plant in we have 2” x 6” material at .50 cents a linear foot to build raised beds. Earthwise always has a myriad of things like pots, boxes, jars, buckets and sinks to add soil and a green growing plant to. We even use orphaned toilet tanks and retired barbeques as vessels for growing. There is always something to reuse in the garden here.

For more information on getting some TAGRO for your garden ­ go to www.tagro.com or call (253)­ 502­-2150. Photos and article by Karen Carston, Earthwise Tacoma.

Take a Virtual Tour of Earthwise’s Tacoma Store!

 

Our Tacoma store is on the Eastside of Tacoma – just up McKinley Hill, minutes from the Tacoma Dome and Downtown. Easily accessible from all major freeways or public transportation (how Earthwise of you!). This location is housed in a vintage lumber mill that still operates today!

Here is just a tiny sample of what you can expect to see when visiting this location, however, please remember it is always our advice to come in, chat with us, experience the salvage and feel the history!

 

Take a Virtual Tour of Earthwise’s Seattle Store!

 

Our Seattle store is in the SODO (SOuth of DOwntown) neighborhood. Easily accessible from all major freeways or public transportation (how Earthwise of you!).

Here is just a tiny sample of what you can expect to see when visiting this location, however, please remember it is always our advice to come in, chat with us, experience the salvage and feel the history!