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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!

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!

EWSalvage2015CalendarCoupons

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.

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

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.

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!

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.