newsLETTER 04-30-2024


Cute AirBnB project; Boy Scout teaching tool; Univ of MD inquiry

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AFTER: “We drove 5 hours to check out your South Carolina location and weren’t disappointed. We bought a vintage heavy-duty Steel Dough Bin and turned it into a planter for our AirBnB (and some other items we couldn’t resist). Great service from the staff, too!!” Dean in Georgia

Dean, thanks for the making the drive! Glad we made it worth it!!


BEFORE: These heavy-duty Steel Dough Bins were previously used in a bakery dough production facility.

Steel Dough Bins.

Dimensions: 6’-9’ x 40” x 35”

L: South Carolina

AFTER: “We’re going to use these sections of Rope for knot tying classes in our Boy Scout troop.”Brian in Pennsylvania


BEFORE: “We’re looking for some recycling options for some excess rope we have from our Yeti cooler handles. This is nylon rope made by Rocky Mountain Cord. We have 8,000 pcs of this Rope. No defects, just all cut to a precise, short size. Let us know if you’re interested!”Jacob


Q: Like Jacob, do you have surplus inventory of short or remnant pieces that could be “repurposed”??

Rope Pieces.

Dimensions: 31-1/2” x 3/8”

50 Pieces Per Box

Order Minimum of 2


Over Engineered: “Up here in the Dakotas, we use old Guardrail for corral fencing. If that Guardrail can stand up to 70 mph car crashes, it could certainly stand up to a raging 2,000LB bull. It is way over engineered for fencing, but that makes it a tremendous value for us ranchers.”John in South Dakota


NOTE: With “repurposing”, like John correctly observes, you often get used materials that are way over engineered for their 2nd life. But, this over engineering comes so cheap because the material is used.

Steel Guardrails.

Dimensions: 26’ x 12”

L: Colorado

repurposed INBOX: “I’m an architecture student at the University of Maryland.  I enjoy reading the newsletters and would like to better understand the materials being ‘repurposed’.  I’m writing to ask if you have any tips on relevant educational resources. Are there certain trade publications that you recommend? How does one even begin to gain this type of expertise?”Yuki


RE: Yuki, Thanks for writing.  Honestly, there really isn’t a centralized source for education on ‘repurposing’.  While it is very agriculture-related, Farm Show Magazine is one of my favorites.  Hope that helps a little bit!”Damon

Our Customers:  “The Break Room Miami is having a BLAST ‘repurposing’ the coveralls for our rage room and paint splatter room sessions – designed for a unique and fun stress relief experience! Thank you for being our supplier.”Christina

PPE Coveralls.

Sizes: Various


Our Customers:  We had a customer buy some of our Gas Cylinders to experiment with storing helium in them.

Gas Cylinders.

Capacity: 50L

L: Iowa

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New Equipment:  We just got in a new, unused system was originally purchased by Metro North Railroad in NY to be installed in a train car wash facility.  Unfortunately, they never got the facility permitted.  The equipment has sat unused for about 15 years. This is a complete filtering system designed to process water from washing large vehicles like train, airplanes, heavy equipment, heavy duty trucks and busses. This equipment can take dirty oily, nasty, infected water from washing all types of vehicles and equipment and turn it into potable water. After removing solids through the various pieces of equipment, the last piece of equipment the water passes through is a industrial grade UV light that kills microorganisms.


Q: Besides heavy equipment washing, what other industries/applications are treating high volumes of nasty or dirty “process water”??

Industrial Wastewater Treatment System.

L: Ohio

re·pur·posed·MA·TE·RI·ALS (noun) – castoffs and discards; byproducts and waste that have value “as is” to a second, unrelated industry.

repurposedPROJECT: “The Aluminized Steel Tubing I purchased for building my pool cover was a game-changer. They provided the durability and flexibility I needed to create a custom cover that perfectly fit my pool, ensuring years of enjoyment and protection for my family.”Cynthia from Aiken, South Carolina

Aluminum Tubing.

Dimensions: Various

L: Arizona, Colorado, & South Carolina

Eye Spy: These Polished Concrete Tiles are the same tiles used at Wolfgang Puck’s restaurant.


INBOX: “This shade for the Polished Concrete Panels was specifically tailored for a Deloitte Bank site, falling within the spectrum between our natural grey and dark grey options. Unfortunately, the architect declined the Panels as they didn’t precisely align with the samples we provided.”Roy

Polished Concrete Tiles

Dimensions: 47-1/4” x 11-13/16” x 15/32”

Box of 2 Tiles

L: Iowa

In celebration of Earth Week, we’ve asked our staff what their favorite customer “repurposes” are!


Staff Favorite: “Using Steel Grating as flooring for a fire dept. training facility has always been a favorite ‘repurpose’ of mine.”Christine in Colorado

Christine, that’s an excellent pick!!

Steel Grating.

Dimensions: Various

L: All Locations

AFTER: One of our customers purchased some IBC Totes to fashion them into a septic tank.


BEFORE: These were used to store and transport fluids or other bulk materials.

IBC Totes.

Capacity: Various

L: Iowa, Ohio, Texas, & South Carolina

The Reese’s Moment: When two things, like the chocolate and the peanut butter, came together for our founder Damon Carson, it inspired the start of repurposedMATERIALS.


The Chocolate:  Damon co-owned a trash hauling company in the ski resorts of Vail and Breckenridge in Colorado.  This is where he became familiar with how often useable materials and stuff get landfilled in America.


The Peanut Butter:  Damon has the “used mentality”.  In other words, when he wants to purchase something, he strives to buy used!  He bought his current Ford F150 with 160,000 miles on it.  His entire wardrobe comes from thrift stores.


The Reese’s Moment: An airbrush artist was doing some contract work for Damon at an unrelated company he owned in 2010.  On the way out one day, the artist said to Damon, “if you ever get a chance to get an old advertising billboard vinyl, they make a great drop cloth for painting”.  That was the start of our company.

Staff Favorite: Giant Timber Pallets “repurposed” for making a charred rustic fence and greenhouse, was our Colorado branch manager’s favorite customer project this year.  Ryan, what a fantastic idea!!

Buy/Sell/Trade: Well, when you advertise these 3 famous
words…”Buy/Sell/Trade”…sometimes you end up making a trade. Here is the 30-yr-old Caterpillar 963 Track Loader we took in on trade for some materials that we recently re-sold.


Q: Do you have an asset(s) you’d like to trade for some of our materials??Contact Damon @ 720-615-0281 or