One of the coolest things about living in Brooklyn is finding stores like Build It Green in Gowanus. Their self-described mission is to provide low cost, salvaged surplus to the people. They do this by keeping household items and building materials out of landfills and reselling the recycled goods to savvy consumers at a fraction of the cost. You’ll find refrigerators, mantle pieces, mirrors and even a grand piano. It’s unlike any other home furnishing/building depot in the area. Some of the materials are donated from people just like you and others are salvaged from demolished NYC buildings. Consequently, what other’s purge become your prized possession, if you play it right.
BIG NYC is eccentric and unconventional both in their stock items and means of pursuing them. I love their larger message surrounding recycling, giving something old new life and donating pieces that others can re-use. It’s the circle of life as played out through inanimate objects. They are the merchant in the barter system of Brooklyn, right here in the Gowanus. Perhaps the perfect home for this unusual bazaar.