Jan 092017

Bay Area Salvage Yards

Posted on January 09, 2017 Tips

Bay Area Salvage YardsThe rise in popularity of DIY websites such as Pinterest, and shows such as Flea Market Flip, and Salvage Dawgs gave a renewed interest in reclaiming and reusing materials for home projects.  Indeed, with time and patience, one can find a good deal of one-of-a-kind treasures among the things that others have discarded, and give them a second life.  San Francisco Bay Area is home to some of the best salvage/reclaim yards.  These places help us reduce, reuse, and be unique!


The ReUse People

9235 San Leandro Blvd
Oakland, CA 94603

The ReUse people salvages building materials and distributes them for reuse.  There are many regional offices throughout the country, but only two retail warehouses open to the public (Oakland and Los Angeles).  The Oakland location is a treasure trove of reclaimed building materials, such as doors, windows, cabinets, appliances, lighting, and hardware.  It is also in the same parking lot as the Oakland Habitat for Humanity ReStore, and a St. Vincent de Paul thrift store.  Making this location a great first stop to check out for your repurposing needs.


Habitat for Humanity Restores

Check website for locations throughout Bay Area

Habitat for Humanity Restores are nonprofit home improvement stores.  There are 10 ReStores in the Bay Area, and they are great places to visit for gently used furnitures, hardware, building materials, appliances, and more.  Many retail stores in the Bay Area donate their excess inventories to the ReStores, so a lot of times items are still in its original packaging, but at a fraction of the retail price.  The stores themselves are clean and well organized, and the staffs are very helpful and friendly.


Building Resources

701 Amador St
San Francisco, CA 94124

 Building Resources is a non profit organization located within San Francisco that sells reusable and recycled building and landscaping materials.  The 1 1/2 acres of indoor and outdoor space has an abundance of reclaimed items big and small, including hardware, lighting, furnitures, accessories, doors and windows, etc.  Building Resources also exhibits art pieces that are made from salvaged materials.  A walk through this location will surely spark one’s creativity.


Urban Ore

900 Murray St
Berkeley, CA 94710

Located in Berkeley, Urban Ore’s mission has been To End the Age of Waste for several decades.  It features a massive warehouse store, as well as an outdoor space.  Items range from used appliances, home improvement materials, furnitures, to used clothing.  It takes patience to scavenge through the giant warehouse, but there are almost always treasures to be found among junks.  One can also drop off unwanted items to Urban Ore, but be sure to check their drop off rules and hours before going there.


Ohmega Salvage

2400 – 2407 San Pablo Ave
Berkeley, CA 94702

Price wise, Ohmega Salvage is possibly at the top of the range for a salvage yard.  However, one can find some incredible one of a kind gems here.  There are beautiful vintage decorative hardwares, rare architectural elements, as well as the usual salvaged building materials.  Be sure to check out their awesome shed made entirely of reclaimed windows (photo above).

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