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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!

#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!

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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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!

 

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.

#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.

 

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!

SurfacePaypalHEREVideo

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!

 

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!

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.

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!

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!