Well, I finally made it over to the ReUse warehouse at 298 Northampton Street. Every time I pass by Artspace on Main Street I see the signage prompting me to head east, but I’ve been waiting until a need arose before walking through the doors. Unfortunately, or fortunately as the case may be, that need never arose. Instead, I walked in merely to browse around… to see what the 30,000 sq.’ handyman’s treasure chest offered.
I think that the best part of ReUse (to me at least), is knowing that the goods within the building are salvaged, not stolen. So many times I have walked into other warehouses full of architecturally significant details and wondered how it was that the items ended up there. I’ve seen street ‘sales people’ haggle with owners over brass doorknobs in order to make a quick buck. At ReUse it’s a different scenario. Everything that you find in the warehouse has come from a deconstruction or a donation. Yes, you can still find crystal and brass doorknobs, but they were most likely heading for a landfill anyways. Now the idea is to give back at a reasonable price to the housing stock that will stand the test of time – to offer decorative resources to the people who are fixing up and restoring properties in the region.
Yesterday alone, the gang at Buffalo ReUSe hauled in 1.8 tons of reusable home features. “We’re already outgrowing the building,” Kevin Hayes, Store Manager (far left), told me. “We’re keeping very busy. Besides the 30,000 sq.’ building, we also have the yard which is filling up. Word of mouth has been our best form of advertising. We’re trying to keep up with the demand.” Upon further investigation, it was easy to see that ReUSe was indeed filled to the brim. Everywhere I looked there were items piled to the ceiling – old doors, railings, banisters, moldings, columns, windows… it’s all there for people to stop in and check out. Plus, you can feel good about a purchase since the merchandise really is being reused and is not just being cannibalized from other homes.
If you’ve got a big project coming up on your house, be sure to stop here first to find an authentic replacement. ReUse has a ton of stuff and more comes in every single day. Don’t forget to pick up a free City of Buffalo recycle bin while you’re there – if you’re a city resident and you really need one. The building is located a couple of blocks from ArtSpace on Main Street.
298 Northampton St
Buffalo, NY 14208