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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!

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!

#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.

 

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.

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.

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.

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.