Home improvement retailer opens store


Odom Reusable Building Materials sells reclaimed home improvement items at its Grand Rapids store. Photo via fb.com

A company that reclaims building materials has opened a local home improvement store.

Odom Reusable Building Materials said last week that it has opened a store in Grand Rapids, at 1029 4 Mile Rd. NW.

The company has operated a home improvement store in Grawn, southwest of Traverse City, since 1998.


Odom sells a range of reclaimed interior and exterior items: doors, cabinets, windows, sinks, flooring, trim, shelving, lighting, bathroom vanities and more.

“We are a ‘dream store’ for do-it-yourselfers,” said Bruce Odom, the store's owner. “Many of our reclaimed products are ‘rare finds’ that feature a higher level of quality and craftsmanship than new products.”

The company said its prices are “up to 50 percent less than comparable new items.”

Reclaiming process

Odom Reusable Building Materials gets its inventory from donations by homeowners and small businesses, as well as trade-ins.

Trade-in building materials must be in demand, not in surplus and clean — without missing pieces or major damage.

The company also gets its inventory by working with local contractors to remove unwanted building materials from various job sites.

“Our service saves contractors valuable time and expenses,” Odom said. “Hauling and tipping fees associated with the removal of materials can be eliminated, and we pay cash for items like cabinet sets and exterior doors.”


This month, the store will be hosting free flower box and bookshelf workshops, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m., on Aug. 23, 27, 29 and 30.  

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