Monday, August 17, 2009

Buffalo ReUse - Finally!

I've written previously about Buffalo ReUse, a non-profit organization in Buffalo, New York, dedicated to salvaging the architectural detail of homes that are being demolished. While on vacation, I visited their retail outlet, and was totally blown away. The inventory was about three times the size of all the stores dealing in such things in the Cleveland area put together. I can't believe how much great stuff there was at bargain basement prices.

We'd planned to make a stop on the way home, too, but decided not to. This means that a road trip, soon, is in order. I'm talking to you, Really Bad Cleveland Accent and Lead Paint Cookbook. Those doors that you desired? That claw-foot tub? Yup. Let's split the cost of gas and tolls and do this!

Pedestal tub

There were many many bathtubs, with nice ones priced around $200-300. I'd bring something to clean them with before purchase to ensure that there wasn't significant damage or staining, as they are stored outside.

Buffalo ReUse

This was but part of their outdoor storage lot. Yes, that's a marble sink slab from the 1880s or 1890s leaning up against the windows there.

Drainboard sink

Is this the sink you're looking for, Anastasia?

Pedestal sink with integral faucet

I couldn't believe this great sink with integral faucet for a mere $125.

Case lowboy "kidney" toilet

Or the Case "kidney" toilet sitting next to it for $120.


There were doors, doors, and more doors, interior and exterior. I recall interior doors being priced at around $15-35 each.

Great tile, $1.25 each!

Handpainted tile for $1.25 each!

Tin ceiling $2/square foot

There was plenty of oddball stuff, too, like tin ceiling at $2 a square foot.
Electric bathroom heater

Or this electric bathroom heater.

Nice brass shower valves

Or these brass shower valves, which I would have investigated further, if not for the hands of my son trying to grab and chew said fixture.

Dirt cheap vintage switchplates

Would you believe the brass switchplate in the center for a dollar?

Nice wood armchair, $15

This wood armchair, the better one, was $15. The one in front was $5.


I'm not sure how much this railing was, but WOW.

Overall, I was really impressed. I can't wait to go back.


Cookbook said...

Sweet! Let's plan something soon!

Karen Anne said...

I may have to think about moving to Buffalo...

Bill Barrow said...

Or, Karen Anne, start a similar business in Cleveland.

Nora said...

ohh where is this place? Norbi would die and go to heaven in there! We would need to take a truck and empty trailer.

Christopher Busta-Peck said...

Cookbook - Yes!

Karen Anne - Great idea!

Bill - But then you'd have to deal with the fact that no one gives a damn about saving history in Cleveland. I'm not sure why that is, and I've whinged about it before. It still seems strange to me that no one tries to save the doors and other fixtures from some of the condemned houses in this city.

Nora - It's at 298 Hampton Street, Buffalo, NY.

Anonymous said...

That would be 298 Northampton Street in Buffalo, NY

Jason said...

I'm in awe - seriously, I think I've had dreams about finding a place like this. And now you're telling me it's actually a really real place? Crazy.

Green Fairy said...

Wow. That's all I can say. Wow. It's worth a roadtrip from Chicago, I think.

Christopher Busta-Peck said...

Green Fairy, if you decide to make that trip, be sure to stop by.

Anonymous said...

That IS the sink I've been looking for. I want to go there today! Let's get a Uhaul and go.

Christopher Busta-Peck said...

Anastasia - It should fit without any trouble in the minivan. Want to trek up next Saturday?

Chelsea & Liam said...

That is really neat stuff. My next thing that I'm looking for is some lead glass doors for the built-ins in our dining room. I would greatly appreciate anybody who can help me find some. They were taken out of the house when it became a rental and then the built ins were slopped with white paint. I'm going to strip them eventually and I have to also replace some of the glass drawer pull knobs that are severely chipped.

So nice to witness people caring about Cleveland's houses and wanting to put back what's original. We do the best we can because we really do care. I wish all the time we could do everything historically correct,as we have vinyl windows and vinyl siding and have to replace some exterior doors, but I have to face the fact that it's very difficult to do and on a budget. I applaude everyone's efforts. :)