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Portlandia 3 - The Rebuilding Center

As the Rebuilding Center's bumper sticker says, "I love that place!"

It's a sprawling warehouse space on North Mississippi Avenue filled with, basically, used house-parts. If you're remodeling or demolishing, you donate the lumber, windows, doors, plumbing fixtures, appliances, flooring, hardware, cabinets--anything, really, that would have otherwise wound up in the landfill--to the RBC, and then they sort it out and sell it.

Besides employing quite a few people from the neighborhood, the RBC is the financial backbone of community services organization Our United Villages.

The RBC also runs a deconstruction contracting business, which you can hire to take down your structure in a way that conserves most of the materials and responsibly disposes of the rest.

It occurred to me this morning that The Rebuilding Center might have the 2x2 lumber I need to (start to) finish my Roman shades, so off I went in the blowing snow and the suddenly-it's-winter east wind to see what I could find.

The Rebuilding Center made their new buildings out of some of their inventory:
Rebuilding Center, Portland, exterior view, showing building made of lots of different old windows

They have a cobb entryway:
Rebuilding Center entry with sculptured cobb pillars shaped like trees

Detail of cobb-sculpted entryway

The place is full of windows:
a row of used windows in the Rebuilding Center warehouse

...and old sash-weights from windows:
A box full of rusty window-sash weights and the Rebuilding Center bumper sticker that says I Love That Place

Apparently a school donated some stuff:
Twenty or so used school desks for sale at the Rebuilding Center

I was headed to this warehouse:
The Rebuilding Center's lumber yard

When I found what I needed (three lengths of 2x2 lumber--I picked through the selection for the straightest ones, and they were already primed), I handed over a whopping three bucks, and then Tharrell there urged me to bring my bike in so he could help me figure out how best to transport my bargain safely home.

Ellie Rose, the cashier, was so taken with my bike that she wanted a picture, so I had her take one on my phone too.
Tharrell and DarkEmeralds with Eleanor O the Dutch bike, inside the Rebuilding Center

Total Portland cred: riding home from the Rebuilding Center in the wind and snow with lumber taped to your bike.
White two by two lumber taped and tied across the basket on Eleanor O the Dutch Bike's handlebars

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( 10 comments — Leave a comment )
Feb. 5th, 2014 02:54 am (UTC)
purple rain shoes!
Feb. 5th, 2014 03:25 am (UTC)
Re: Lovely
I love these shoes!
Feb. 5th, 2014 08:38 am (UTC)
What a fantastic idea that Rebuilding Center is! We have privately-owned architectural salvage companies which buy and sell parts of beautiful old buildings (such as fireplaces) and which are a godsend if one is restoring a house which has been "modernised", but nothing which deals with normal parts from normal hoses, let alone helps with deconstruction.

Are these 2x2 pieces for hanging your shades?
Feb. 5th, 2014 10:00 pm (UTC)
There's at least one other business here locally that deals in the high-end salvage--your copper fireplace hoods and wrought-iron railings and stuff--and I imagine that the Rebuilding Center skims those kinds of donations off and brokers them out. What's left is a huge inventory of cool old junk that seems to wind up in creative garden sheds and treehouses, more than in period restorations. But it's a terrific resource for cheap bits of lumber. And every now and then a person might score some wood flooring or good quality molding.

The 2x2s are destined to be mounting headers for the shades, yes. This project is crawling along slowly, but I think after yesterday I've accumulated most of the bits and parts I need.
Feb. 6th, 2014 08:28 am (UTC)
So, are you mounting the 2x2s above the window frames? I assume you must be, because otherwise the blinds would be too far away from the windows.
Feb. 7th, 2014 05:22 am (UTC)
The shades are inside-mount, so the 2x2 goes up inside the frame at the top, and there will be a valance to hide the works. Pictures will ensue...if I ever get this project done!
Feb. 5th, 2014 11:39 am (UTC)
What a lovely day, and how lovely you look in that picture!
Feb. 5th, 2014 10:01 pm (UTC)
You're too kind.
Feb. 7th, 2014 04:32 am (UTC)
Your Rebuilding Center sounds AWESOME, not only as the place to go to when you need something but also when you want to get rid of something and you really don't want to just throw it away. I wish we have one over here.

Rain shoes!!
Feb. 7th, 2014 05:19 am (UTC)
It's a cool place. And I love my shiny patent leather Doc Martens.
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