Re-use Materials for Property in Sonoma County

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Re-use Materials for Property in Sonoma County

Re-use of material for property in Sonoma County are parts of your earth-impact responsibility.  When it comes to choosing materials for projects or repairs of a property, wise choices can help not only the environment but be easier on your pocket book too.  Re-use materials for property in Sonoma County can be used for repairs, remodels and additions.  When re-using materials, these products do not require the resources, shipping, and handling needed by newly produced materialsRe-used materials are less expensive than new, and often are of better quality.  Though there is more time involved in choosing used materials the adventure of finding that perfect vintage pedestal sink for $25 is extremely rewarding.  Luckily in Sonoma County we have some great re-use sources for materials.

Last month I needed to have a solid wood door replaced in a home my client was expecting to close escrow on within the net 3 days in Sonoma County.  Unfortunately I had neither the time, nor the “know-where” to do anything but buy a new solid wood door at Friedman’s in Santa Rosa for $148 plus tax.  The door was put in and the sale was closed.  The next week my realtor friend had the same challenge and immediately went out to “Ray’s Trading Company” here in Sonoma County and bought a used solid wood door for $10.  Wow.  This really woke me up to the attitude of re-use and inspired me to collect some resources that I share here with you.


ReStore is located in Railroad Square in Santa Rosa, Sonoma County.  As a non-profit for Habitat for Humanity, ReStore takes donations of unused building materials from construction jobs for re-use.  The donator gets a tax deduction, and the shopper gets to sort through available building materials like doors, tile and paint to find a reasonably priced treasure.

  • ReStore
  • 24 10th St @ Cleveland Avenue, Santa Rosa
  •  Tuesday 10am-4pm
  •  Wednesday - Friday, 9am to 5pm
  •  Saturday 9am to 4pm
  • (707) 568-3228

Ray's Trading Co. has a hodge-podge of building materials (this is where the Realtor got her $10 door) and fixtures for the home and property; cabinets, gates, tubs, vintage items).  Find this theme park of re-use on hwy 116 between Cotati and Sebastopol in Sonoma County.

  • Ray's Trading Co.
  • 3570 Gravenstein Hwy. South Sebastopol
  • Thursday – Saturday 9:30am – 5pm
  • (707) 829-9726

RecycleTown at the Dump is the ultimate adventure where you can find just about every re-use material you can imagine or need with 2 locations in Sonoma County.  The Recycle Town in Petaluma is pretty extensively filled with usable items saved from or donated to the dump.  Building materials include doors, windows, sinks, tubs, toilets, roofing, gutters, pipes, fittings and lumber. Household items include clothes, books, toys, lamps, pots and pans, small appliances, furniture, desks, tables, bookshelves.  There are electronics;
computers, printers, stereos, TV's, VCR's and answering machines.  You can also find lawnmowers, bicycles, motor bikes, car parts and tools.

  • Recycletown at the Central
  • 500 Mecham Road Off Stony Point Rd South, Petaluma
  • Monday – Saturday, Closed on Sunday
  • 7 am to 2:30 pm
  • 707.795.3660

Petaluma dump also sponsors the Santa Rosa Garbage Reincarnation Thrift Store on Sebastopol Rd.

  • Garbage Reincarnation Thrift Store
  • 949 Sebastopol Road, Santa Rosa
  • Monday - Friday 9 am - 5pm
  • Saturday 10 am to 5 pm
  • 707.888.8257 or 707.527.0770

Healdsburg has its own Recycletown that I haven’t seen yet, but sure that this would be a most excellent outing.  With all the money you save, you can dine in Healdsburg for lunch soaking up the beauty of Sonoma County property.

  • Recycletown-Reuse-Recycling -
  • 166 Alexander Valley Road, Healdsburg -
  •  Monday - Saturday
  • 8am to 4 pm
  • (707) 433-0321

Most of us are familiar with that excellent resource Craigslist that posts home re-use categories like furniture, appliances, materials, “free”, household, and tools from people in Sonoma County.

You can register for Santa Rosa Freecycle(TM), “where one person's trash is another's treasure!”  This is a yahoo group for local-specific communities whose goal is to reduce waste by connecting people who are throwing away unwanted items with others seeking the same items (and have a little fun in the process). Here is the link.

It is incredible that we have the opportunity to re-use materials for our Sonoma County property, keeping them out of landfills, saving ourselves money in the process and have the adventure of discovery.  Bring the family and Happy Hunting!

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