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Buffalo ReUse Says Party With Coffee Cake & Toilets!

No, we didn’t make a typo in the title–although a “Party With
Coffee Cake & Toilets” looks like it might be a headline from the Buffalo
, this really is from the good folks at Buffalo

We heard about the cake & toilet party idea today from Caesandra
Seawell, Logistics Coordinator for Buffalo ReUse:

Generally, when folks
who live in the suburbs call us to schedule a pickup of donated items, we try
to encourage them to swipe things from their neighbors’ curbs too.  They
chuckle nervously, but we’re hopeful they’ll do some foraging because of the
time and fuel involved from our end.  We definitely need and want the
material; we just need to make sure we’re getting it as close to free as
possible because of our budget limitations.  You can imagine my delight
when “Ruby” called and suggested she’d like to host a little driveway
collection on her street!  Enter the coffee cake, donuts and assorted
toilets, counter tops, cabinets, windows, light fixtures and “whatnot” that all
her neighbors will bring her next weekend.  They’re going to bring their
“curbside treasures” over to Ruby’s house and we’re going to go pick it all up
at once! 


We will accept
materials from remodeling projects, doors, flooring, radiators, sinks
etc–we’ll even take used or new tools and lawn equipment or books from your
DIY library that you don’t need anymore!  (Sorry we can’t dispose of
broken appliances or electronics).  You don’t literally have to live in
the ‘burbs to coordinate a street/block curb loading; if you schedule
one–we’ll come get the goods!  And don’t wait until the big trash day–we
can come tomorrow.


Would you like to host one?   According to Caesandra, here are the steps for what she
prefers to call a “curb loading party”:


Please speak with your neighbors and choose some times for them
to drop off material in your driveway/garage.

Call the ReSource and speak to Kevin to schedule the truck &
crew for a pick up day.  It doesn’t
have to be a Saturday, that’s up to you–just whenever you’ll be home. 

Make sure you give Kevin your email so we can get you the tax
deduction form if your neighbors want to get their tax break for the donated



Free Workshops with Buffalo Basics!


Caesandra also tipped us off to Buffalo ReUse’s partner
initiative, Buffalo Basics((  Buffalo Basics is about turning a house
into a home by providing FREE workshops. 
Their goal is to provide the kind of home improvement education people
want and need.  According to


This weekend, the folks at Buffalo Basics are
offering “Workshops in 2D”–anything you’d ever want to know about doors and
drywall (details below)!  On Saturday they’ll be focusing on installing
doors, fixing creaks and squeaks, and adding locks to keep out the scary boogie


On Sunday, they’re spicing it up and offering
a workshop on a completely separate topic–drywall installation!  This
workshop will be drywalling over an existing, unnecessary door frame, but will
cover even the most basic questions like what types of screws or drywall to




Doors, Doors, Doors
Saturday, March 14th at 3pm


Drywall Installation
Sunday, March 15th at 3pm

As always, the workshops are FREE, hands-on, and last about an hour.  Bring friends, family, neighbors, and anyone
who wants to learn the tricks of the trade!  For more information, e-mail:, or
contact Buffalo ReUse, below.



Get Connected:


Buffalo ReUse, Inc.

716-882-2800 (store)

716-885-4131 (office)

298 Northampton Street

Buffalo, NY  14208


Buffalo Basics

716-912-5529 or 716-812-5328
153 Eaton Street
Buffalo, NY  14208

Written by RaChaCha


RaChaCha is a Garbage Plate™ kid making his way in a Chicken Wing world. Since 2008, he's put over a hundred articles on here, and he asked us to be sure to thank you for reading. So, thank you for reading. You may also have seen his freelance byline in Artvoice, where he writes under the name his daddy gave him [Ed: Send me a check, and I might reveal what that is]. When he's not writing, RaChaCha is an urban planner, a rehabber of houses, and a community builder. He co-founded the Buffalo Mass Mob, and would love to see you at the next one. He represents Buffalo Young Preservationists on the Trico roundtable. If you try to demolish a historic building, he might have something to say about that. He is a proud AmeriCorps alum.

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