A Week at Sustainable Warehouse – It Ain’t Easy Being Green

It doesn’t matter if you’re a property owner upgrading to your dream home, a business relocating across town or even an empty school waiting for a date with a bulldozer, one thing is crystal clear – if your home or business is in the Low Country, you need to know about Sustainable Warehouse. The premise is simple, rescue quality building products, furniture and one-of a-kind whatnots from the landfill, re-sell them at a very reasonable price, donate some to worthwhile causes (mostly grassroots community gardens and home remodels for folks on fixed incomes) and make the world a better place.

Rebecca O’Brien and her trusty sledgehammer have been reclaiming quality building materials for the last seven years. She became official when she gained 501(c)3 nonprofit status in 2007 and hasn’t looked back. After starting out at storerooms in Mount Pleasant and Daniel Island, Sustainable Warehouse has called a spacious warehouse in North Charleston, SC home since 2009.

In addition to reclaiming building materials for resale, Rebecca O’Brien is pretty skilled at crafting rustic works of art like this handsome bar that will soon be available as a rental for special events.

Last Monday, January 7th, Rebecca and her team of volunteers embarked on a 3-day adventure to disassemble and haul off trailer loads of bookshelves, sinks, bike racks, tables, chairs, cement benches, a supersized aquarium. chalk boards, dry erase boards, and doors of all shapes and sizes from two Charleston County School District properties that were soon to be turned over to a demolition crew. Fiberglass siding and the roof from a greenhouse, several camellias, rose bushes and bamboo were also salvaged. By Wednesday, January 9th, all the materials had safely arrived for sorting and this one woman show was back at work the next morning greeting customers.

Concrete benches soon to be starring at the Chicora Place Community Garden – just five minutes away from the warehouse.
Got fish?

If you have high quality materials to donate, need tax deductible deconstruction services, are a green builder or want a few unique pieces to accent your home, apartment or dorm, stop by or give Rebecca a call at (843) 532-9351. Sustainable Warehouse is located at 2650 Carner Avenue in North Charleston, near Military Magnet. Their winter hours of operation are Wednesday – Saturday, 11 am – 2 pm. This is a pet friendly establishment so pets on leashes are welcome. You can also like Sustainable Warehouse on Facebook to keep up to date with their latest finds.

NEW! Sustainable Warehouse Volunteer Days – 1st Saturdays of the month from 10 am – 2 pm. Individuals who are 12 years old and older and groups are welcome. Children 15 and under must have a chaperone for the duration of their service. Individuals and groups of 5 or fewer can simply drop in, large groups should call 7 days ahead to schedule volunteer hours, (843) 532-9351.

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