Just about every remodeling project ends up with perfectly good leftovers: extra tiles and doorknobs, the light fixture deemed wrong for the room, the kitchen faucet and medicine cabinet that never found a home. Unbuilt, a new construction salvage business based in Los Angeles, is devoted to consigning and reselling these perfectly good goods.
LA contractor/builder Joan Barton of Dirty Girl Construction has been happily sending her surplus to Unbuilt in recent months and tipped us off about the company. It’s the brainchild of Sara Noyes, who was distressed by the surplus she experienced firsthand as a designer and project manager for a boutique LA architecture firm. Noyes created and runs Unbuilt with Matt Kennedy, a college friend with startup creds who knows all about consignment from his mother’s resale clothing business.
“An estimated 10 percent of all building materials ordered each year remain unused in final construction,” they note. “Much of this waste is high quality and reusable but difficult for builders and property owners to monetize.” Unbuilt is a resale marketplace for selling and buying this inventory. Come take a look at some of the current offerings.
Unbuilt’s aim, says Sara, was to “provide the construction and design industry with a resource for monetizing items that would have otherwise have sat in storage or gone to the landfill.” The business currently only sells top-of-the-line unused and new condition items, but salvage could be in their future.
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Unbuilt’s inventory comes from throughout California, and from out of state consignors who are able to hold onto their goods until they sell—these are labeled “sell from site.” The company sells to the general public worldwide—Unbuilt has drop-off and pickup locations in LA and SF, and takes care of crating, if necessary, and pick up or shipping. “Our customers are savvy and know a good deal when they see one,” says Sara. “We had a buyer in Japan who bought a box of Heath tile.”
All goods come with the proviso: “while providing accurate listing information and authentic products is a priority, since we sell products secondhand, it is not possible for us to guarantee with 100 percent confidence that mistakes or errors, unintentional, or intentionally created by our suppliers are not present in some cases on the site. If you suspect that a description or authenticity error has taken place, please see our ‘return policy’ to understand your options.”
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Stay tuned: Unbuilt has ambitions to expand its operations beyond California.
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Frequently asked questions
What is the Resale Marketplace for Unused Construction Goods?
The Resale Marketplace for Unused Construction Goods is an online platform that allows contractors and construction companies to buy and sell unused building materials and supplies.
Who can use the platform?
Anyone in the construction industry such as contractors, builders, and DIY enthusiasts, can use the platform.
What type of products are available on the platform?
The platform offers a range of unused building and construction materials such as lumber, hardware, tools, and plumbing and electrical parts.
Are the items on the platform new or used?
The items on the platform are unused and new; they come from overstocked materials, canceled orders, or end of a building project.
How can I sell my unused building and construction materials on the platform?
To sell your unused building and construction materials on the platform, you have to create an account, list the materials and supplies, and wait for potential buyers to contact you.
How does the platform protect buyers and sellers?
The platform verifies each seller's account, and buyers can rate their experiences with sellers. Also, sellers receive payment only after the buyer confirms receiving the purchased items.
Is the platform available worldwide?
Currently, the platform is only available in the United States, but they are working on expanding to other countries.
Does the platform offer shipping?
Shipping options vary depending on the seller's preference and the buyer's location. Therefore, you have to determine the shipping options with the seller before purchase.
Is there a return policy on the platform?
Since the items on the platform are unused and describe thoroughly, there is no return policy unless there's a defect or an issue with the item's description.