RR Anderson, DIY Cultural Arts Specialist

Oct. 21, 2008 at 10:24pm

Downtown Retail for Inventors™, Hobbyists™ and Other Cutting Edge Innovators™

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Strategic purchases this week in October:
Tacoma ReStore Buys

In Summary:

One of Downtown Tacoma's best kept secrets is Habitat for Humanity's  ReStore  Oh yes.  The items pictured above would have cost over 5 dollars each in any Theatre District antique shop.   Over at the ReStore, we're talking 1950's prices, but with our inflated currency!   That's hell(o) cheap.  

  1. Humungus Blacksmith's Nibbing Dikes: $1.90
  2. Mamoth Shears: $1.60
  3. Wood Augging Bit (for hand brace purchaced previously for $2) 50¢!!!!
anyhow that's the best stuff...  but I almost forgot the giant inventory of surplus TACOMA SCREW PRODUCTS!    I bought 2 bags of local, exceptional quality wood screws for like a dollar!  OMFG!!!! 

HOT TIPS: Other things I noticed in stock but didn't purchase (and won't last long)

  • old table saw
  • router (analog type)
  • folding carpenter's ruler
  • saber handsaw
  • lots of rain gear & squeegees


Random thoughts

When grandpa dies, don't just throw away all that crap in his 'shop' sure have a garage sale and then donate the rest of his unsold shop clutter to the ReStore. People like me will find his carefully maintained drill bits... or half empty boxes of brass screws and put them to good use.  the weathered hammers... the crusty handsaw are all relics of America's manufacturing history.  Pass it on!

Previously on "Latest ReStore Buys

comments [18]  |  posted under cheap, diy, inventor, maker, restore, retail, tacoma, tools


by Erik on 10/22/2008 @ 12:17am
You are helping Tacoma's economy RR all while "going local." Nice work!

by morgan on 10/22/2008 @ 9:58am
Could this help with the rebirth of cottage industries? I hope so!

by dawntown on 10/22/2008 @ 10:52am
Anyone want to slam a couple of cool projects for the EnviroHouse project, I'm game! Deadline is Nov 7, tho

I love repurposing and the reStore. If you like these great finds, one should make the journey to the Goodwill Mothership in Seattle. WOW, WOW

by NineInchNachos on 3/3/2009 @ 1:04pm

as of today at 1 pm the restore has a TREMENDOUS STOCKPILE of new Stanley clamps! We're talking all types of clamps.
- bar clamps
- quick release clamps
- heavy C clamps
- spring clamps
- hardwood/woodworking clamps


also MOFO FROM THE HOOD I checked out their toaster selection. They have a nice toaster oven for sale in their show room.


by Dave_L on 3/3/2009 @ 2:23pm
Thank, RR! One can never have enough clamps. Even Norm says so.

by NineInchNachos on 3/3/2009 @ 3:03pm
Indeed! I wonder about the origin of all these clamps.. did a hardware store go out of business? Home depot donate the remainder of unsold clamp stock? There are so many and of such new quality it is a strange sight at the restore.

by Mofo from the Hood on 3/3/2009 @ 4:19pm
Thanks for the toaster alert.

And Happy Square Root Day to you and all the blogger brethren.

March 3, 2009

The day and the month are the square root of the year.

by NineInchNachos on 3/4/2009 @ 2:39pm
Tacoma ReStore Finds 3/3/09

by NineInchNachos on 3/4/2009 @ 3:16pm
heh. more tool porn. Thanks craigslist! anybody have $75 bucks?


by NineInchNachos on 6/17/2009 @ 9:16pm
status update:

Tacoma ReStore

the down economy has the ReStore in more demand than ever. Check out the new coat of paint and expanded retail space. The best deals in town for used tools, paint, tacoma screw screws etc!

by KevinFreitas on 6/17/2009 @ 11:20pm
I so need a good grass rake and pitchfork! Didn't seem that was something they had much of -- larger garden tools. Maybe I hit it at the wrong time. Consequently, if anyone has either of those they're willing to part with lemme know!

by NineInchNachos on 6/17/2009 @ 11:55pm
oh you missed the contractor leaf rakes by about 2 weeks. and the pitch fork by about a month. stuff like that goes fast.

by L.S.Erhardt on 6/18/2009 @ 12:31am
I bet they'll have my .125" thick 2" x2" square tubing. Can you believe it costs $86 for 20 feet?

by KevinFreitas on 6/18/2009 @ 6:49am
@RR -- Nuts, thanks though. We should see if any of the volunteers that work there can start up a FeedTacoma shop of new items for pick-up so it's easier for guys like me to know at least what's just in over there.

by Dave_L on 6/18/2009 @ 12:30pm
Reminds me, I'd better get that fake-beadboard paneling I need for that storage closet. Probably gone now though.

by NineInchNachos on 6/18/2009 @ 12:57pm
i'll try and post more about things I see there. I visit almost every week.

by Mofo from the Hood on 6/18/2009 @ 1:25pm
I just walked past that place last week while sales prospecting. That paint job is fresh.

I shoulda stopped in to see if they had any toasters.

Also, I'm curious if they have any rubber taps donated from shoe repair shops.

by NineInchNachos on 6/18/2009 @ 1:27pm
Mofo they've got a toaster with your name on it.


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