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!*
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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.
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!
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.
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:
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.
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.
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:
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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.
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.
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!