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SUMMER HOURS (Apr - Oct) 9:30 - 6:00

OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK!

WINTER HOURS (Nov - Mar) 9:30 - 5:30
SUMMER HOURS (Apr - Oct) 9:30 - 6:00

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!

How-to Upcycle your Dryer Drum

A common question the EWcrew (especially the weekenders) gets asked is, “What are we working on?” Our customers have us pegged as project do-ers and to be honest, it’s hard to work at Earthwise and not be inspired to have a few projects going on! If you stop by either store on the weekend, that’s when you see most of these projects happening.

Recently, the Seattle store came into possession of a metal washer drum. While everybody wanted to scrap it, store manager Lacy had a better idea.  Seattle just expanded the pedestal sink and bathroom display room to include mirrors and more sinks and the room was lacking a little pizzazz. So she pitched the idea to the crew of using the metal washer drum as a lamp shade and building a light fixture for inside it.

While Matt dismantled the non-working washer for the drum, Diana wired up a 4-light fixture (learn how to do your own simple rewiring in May – Seattle & Tacoma). From there the assembly was quick and easy and added just the right touch to the space!

Dryer Drum Repurposed Light EWSalvage Seattle Reclaimed Bathroom Showroom at Earthwise Salvage in Seattle. Dryer Drum Repurposed Light Detail EWSalvage Seattle

What can you imagine repurposing a dryer drum for? Tell us what you think about the new space when you stop by on your next visit OR anytime via email, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest & Twitter!

 

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

Who is The #EWSalvage Family?

This post was originally written in 2014, however we do keep it updated with current employees and  EWCrew bios! We want you to know who you’re working with just like we want to know who you are!

 

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at the #EWSalvage team! Because many of you have asked, we decided to do a little introduction post about the entire staff here! We’re a small, close-knit team and you’ll notice that even though we all work at Earthwise, we all came to work at a salvage company for different reasons.

 

Kurt (aka The Worktrauskas) is the owner of Earthwise! He enjoys mushroom hunting and fishing (we enjoy eating his scavenged mushrooms and fish). He’s an avid traveler, scuba diver, and salvage hunter. He opened Earthwise the same year his son was born. Oh and did I mention he has a degree in Marine Biology? That’s our Kurt!

Kadence is [insert whatever title here for whichever “hat” she has on at this moment]…? I’m pretty sure she LIVES at Earthwise but on the rare occasion she’s not at Earthwise (or doing something for Earthwise) she’s probably running. She’s prepping for recently completed her first half marathon and is now training for her next one! She also loves to cook fancy-but-good-for-you foods, takes beautiful pictures of everything, enjoys brunch, farmer’s markets, and weird oddity or antique shops. She has an affinity for vintage taxidermy and bizarre, unusual organic foods.

Lacy is the Seattle Store Manager. She started as the intern 3 winters ago and never left. Finally, Earthwise hired her to make it easier on everybody. She is a project-aholic and has sooo many projects she had to start a blog to give her the motivation to finish them. She loves thinking creatively with salvage, crafting, sewing and went to school for Interior Design.

Elise is the Tacoma Store Manager! She is the ideal Earthwise customer: working on projects around her home and greenhouse with salvaged materials whenever she’s not working. She loves camping and hiking and enjoying time with her dogs. She’s also a metal worker and creates beautiful jewelry! You might have seen her wares at the Nitty Gritty Tacoma Art Show this past October – it’s never too late to buy on Etsy.

Aaron is the Acquisitions Manager at Earthwise in Tacoma. Aaron spent 26 months in Uganda building a Canopy Zip-line while in the Peace Corps. He loves to hike and has been to the top of Mt Rainer AND Mt Sabinyo. He JUST moved to Tacoma and loves exploring his new home with his (also new) dog, Clyde! Aaron will be the entertainment at this year’s company holiday party as he can walk around on his hands. But can he ice skate?!

Diana (aka The Lighting Lady) has been at Earthwise for 8 years!! She’s currently the longest tenured employee AND is the only employee to have worked at the old location besides Kurt. In addition to lighting, she LOVES working with glass and building new stained glass projects from many a broken but that were unsalvageable. She brings her pieces in from time to time for consignment, so be on the watch for her beautiful works of art.

Matt is a Seattle transplant from New Mexico and can be found at Earthwise in Seattle on the weekends. He loves to build and typically builds any and all fixtures for the displays. In addition to working at EW, he is a music DJ, builds model aircraft, and indulges in the fine arts of video gaming and voracious graphic novel reading.

Jeff is the muscle of the salvage process, he is the Seattle salvage crew lead.  He is very familiar to the construction and deconstruction of homes because in his spare time he repairs and restores his West Seattle home.  He’s been a fisherman, a rancher, AND a lumberjack! Yes, our ONE salvage crew removes, picks-up, transfers, and delivers ALL of the materials between both stores! We actually have TWO crews now – find out more! These guys are talented!

Mike C. is the Tacoma salvage lead & crew.  He is a Certified Wildland Firefighter and enjoys working out to stay fit for the really heavy salvaged items – he likes to “pump the iron.”  Mike has been in gymnastics since he young and prides himself on his spider monkey-like tendencies. He has a GIANT cassette tape music collection and loves to sing along with all the jams.

Brandon is the Assistant Store Manager in Seattle and part-time graphic designer at Earthwise.  He has a freelance graphic design business and plays guitar in a band called Wavy Caps.  He loves micro brews, Jazz music, and cold weather…he did grow up in Colorado after all.

Mark is the other half of the Seattle salvage crew. He used to work for a local company making painstakingly detailed figurines from some very well-played video games. More on that another time. He likes space, science, reuse and history.

 

 

There you have it! We will keep this page updated with new additions as they arrive! (While we’re at it, have you checked out the job openings at EWSavalge, lately? Your bio would be a PERFECT fit here after all). We like to work hard while having fun! And don’t worry, as the saying goes, “You don’t have to be crazy to work here. We’ll train you.” Have a great holiday!

Top 10 Questions You Have the First Time at EWSalvage

Do you remember your first visit to Earthwise? Did you find yourself wandering, pondering, or just asking why? Or maybe, you haven’t visited one of the stores yet! At Earthwise, we strive to know the answers to everything salvage, everything vintage, and well everything needed to help you with your project. Having worked at Earthwise for over 2 years in the Seattle location, I have been asked a lot of the same questions as well as some unusual ones. Today, I will share some the most frequently asked questions from customers with you…

10 most commonly asked questions by Earthwise Customers

How long has this place been around?

Earthwise has been in business for OVER 20 years in Seattle, and we just recently celebrated 2 years in Tacoma!

How did this place get started?

Earthwise is owned by Kurt Petrauskas, and he’s been here since the verrrrrrrry beginning of the salvage movement in Seattle…heck – the Pacific Northwest practically! He was a contractor that dabbled in demolition and would save pieces from projects because they were too awesome to throw away. When his garage started to overflow he held a yard sale, which became more and more frequent and before you know it Earthwise was officially born in 1991.

Why is there a sign that says “new location” in Seattle?

While we have been at our current Seattle location for a little over 8 years, this is our third SODO neighborhood address. Before Seattle’s current home, we were at 1st Ave S & Lander (the big Red Barn), 2462 1st Ave S; and before that, we called a now razed building at 7th Ave S & Lander our very first SODO home. And, A LONG TIME ago we were in a garage and yard as an interesting garage-sale-type establishment in Kenmore. Check out the slideshow of our past locations in this post for some visuals.

Wait – you have a Tacoma location?!?!

Yes – we sure do, and it’s a mighty fun place. In fact, I can’t believe you haven’t been there yet! While we’re on the subject…

Is the Tacoma store the same size/style/etc?

Yes…and no? When I think of the Tacoma store, it’s exactly what I would expect Earthwise in Tacoma to be! It’s in a vintage sawmill for pete’s sakes – how cool is that!? And, yes, technically, it is the same square footage but with more yard space, but no, the store definitely has its own Earthwise flair – which is a good thing because it reflects its local community and staff. This same saw mill is where we still mill all of our reclaimed, old growth beams into slightly more manageable sizes. Take a tour of the Tacoma store here!

Where does Earthwise get all this stuff?

Our salvage crew (1 box truck and 2 guys) go to homes and buildings within 50 miles of the Seattle- and Tacoma-areas that are being torn down, deconstructed, and remodeled…THIS is how we get 90% our cool stuff! The rest is from all of YEW – your donations, your drop-offs, and of course, the items you bring in to sell us!

What stuff will you take/won’t you take/are you interested in?

Earthwise specializes in vintage building materials, anything pre-1950’s we love! But, as we always say, there are LOADS of exceptions to this general rule. If it’s high quality, rare, quirky, funky, or just different and not from that era – we still might be able to take it and/or even reimburse you for it! Check this handy list or give either location a call/shoot us an email with photos of items you want to know whether we will accept. And, of course, you can always bring it in!

How do I get a job here? Who works here?

Earthwise is staffed by 14 people – between 2 locations! Many of us came to work here from our more formal trainings as designers or musicians or other creatively-minded fields; some have construction backgrounds like our owner; and one was even a welder on a fishing boat! If you are interested in joining our salvage family – check out our current openings! We promise, you don’t have to be crazy to work here – we can teach you!

So, who uses this cool stuff?

We work with everyone you can think of! Homeowners, contractors, restaurants, historic properties, designers, photographers, theater groups, artists…probably at least one person in your family! We also work with three non-profit partners and many local community organizations on regular basis. Many people are restoring old homes or building new, sustainable buildings right here in our community, but we’ve had clients from all over the world! We feature projects and whole buildings that have used our stuff through our #EWFamous inspiration section – send us your project photos using Earthwise stuff and your photo might be featured!

Wow – so, how much reusable stuff is salvaged and saved from the landfill?

The salvage industry in Seattle helps to reduce ONLY 7-9% of construction debris and reusable materials going into the landfill each year…and that’s with the 3 salvage stores that are here! BUT that’s increased from just 3% -5% 6 years ago! We can continue reducing our carbon footprint by making larger community efforts to ensure quality, reusable materials are reused and/or recycled.

**BONUS INFO: Yes, we have tape measures for your use while shopping! Yes, we have a public restroom. The best way to shop at either location is with a coffee in hand, being open to being inspired because – TRUST ME! – no matter what you think you are looking for, something else you hadn’t thought of will somehow make its way home with you.

And, most importantly, welcome to our funky family!

Written by Lacy Kabrich, Earthwise Salvage – Seattle Store Manager.