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The ReUse Center offers building supplies and reclaimed materials on the cheap, so if you've got a DIY project, this is the first place you should look. / Address: 1530 Tremont Street, South Fairmount 45214 / Image: Daniel Smyth Photography

Cincinnati's Best-Kept Secret Is A DIYer's Paradise

Rows of new building supplies and reclaimed materials sit in a 75,000 sq.-ft. warehouse at 1530 Tremont Street in South Fairmount.

This is the Cincinnati ReUse Center. And whether you’re a DIY project maven or just someone who’s looking for something cool on the cheap, this is where you should be spending your Saturday mornings.

Let’s Talk Prices

The Cincinnati ReUse Center receives all its goods through donations. Big box stores donate building-grade products returned, discontinued, mismeasured, or overstocked, while builders and homeowners in the area donate vintage items reclaimed from rehab projects around the city (of which there are many).

What does that mean for you? It means everything is super cheap because the ReUse center only charges a small handling fee. The handling fee allows the ReUse Center to recover their costs and further their mission of diverting usable materials from landfills and making those materials available to those in need.

Let’s Talk Quality

I know what you’re thinking, but this stuff isn’t junk. Three-quarters of the ReUse Center’s products are new thanks to accounts with the big box stores (see above). What isn’t new is vintage, and we all know how well that stuff does with you faddish millennials out there.

Let’s Talk... Ethics?

Yes, I’m here to make the case that you should go to the ReUse Center because it’s good for Society! ...Ok, I’m not going to make that case, because it should be self evident. Recycling building supplies (et cetera... see below) is the mark of an environmentally conscious and aesthetically discerning society. Full stop.

“Building Supplies”

... Is a phrase I’m using to account for a variety of items. Let’s take a look:

  • Kitchen and bathroom cabinets
  • Doors
  • Windows
  • Sinks
  • Tile
  • Tubs
  • Light fixtures
  • Paint
  • Hardware
  • Furniture
  • Tools and equipment

See something you might even be somewhat interested in? Do yourself a favor and head to the ReUse Center. It’s what you should do anyways.

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The Cincinnati ReUse Center is a 501(c)3 organization whose mission is to divert usable materials from the landfills and make those donations available to those most in need. They are a subsidiary of Youth Fair Chance in Indianapolis.

The Cincinnati ReUse Center is located at 1530 Tremont Street, South Fairmount 45214. Visit their website for more information.

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