Gallery: Build It Green is a One Stop Reclaimed Materials Shop in NYC


If you're planning a green home makeover, you've probably looked into the neat, but often pricey, options out there for eco-conscious furniture and decor. But what are those of us on shoestring (or even half a shoestring) budgets to do? Well, if you're in the NYC area, I highly recommend you check out Build It Green, a warehouse in Astoria that's like a Home Depot for environmentalists. BIG is chock full of very reasonably priced lumber, lamps, chairs, toilets, tchotchkes, doors, and pretty much anything else you might need to spruce up your pad and the awesome thing is that they're all reclaimed from places around New York. I was lucky enough to pick up 2 huge panels of frosted plexiglass from an Oscar de la Renta showroom for only $35 each, and next week I'm heading back to try to pick up some carpeted platforms scrapped from the Conan O'Brien Show! Click through the slideshow to see more sweet stuff I encountered on my tour through this trove of trash treasure.


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  1. earthsaver February 10, 2010 at 11:18 pm

    Thanks for your coverage of Build It Green. Are you also aware of Rebuilders’ Source in the Bronx?

  2. nickcope February 10, 2010 at 10:54 pm

    There’s also an amazing paint ‘department’ provided by donations from Benjamin Moore & Co. Tons of color, 5 dollar gallons and 1 dollar quarts. I use the term department loosely, because in the same room you can find old LP’s, 70’s softcore, and a broken aquarium or two..

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