The RePurpose Depot’s Repurposed East End Warehouse

The middle structure in the row of 3 warehouses on McFarland St. just north of Navigation is seeing some new action since former NASA flight controller Caroline Kostak turned it into RePurpose Depot, a material reuse retail space selling cheap lumber, siding, flooring, fixtures, and other supplies and furnishings. Before opening the retail operation last December, she’d worked on salvaging materials from soon-to-be demolished houses. The space at 305 McFarland now draws its inventory from those kinds of deconstruction missions as well as donations.

That makes it a hub for homeowners looking for building supplies after Harvey, along with thrifters seeking more ornamental, DIY-ish trinkets. A grand opening is planned for next Saturday, June 23.

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  • I’m all for reusing stuff, but my experience-at least with Houston Salvage Warehouse-not much is “cheap”. Just saying don’t go to these places expecting a garage sale pricing and the extra labor and cost to strip paint and cul out the bad stuff starts lining it up with brand new. Unless you want your house to mimic the inside of a Landry’s.

  • That sounds good. I too like to re-purpose different things to have living on a budget.

  • They have some great deals, both on unusual architectural salvage stuff as well as ordinary building materials. It’s a good cause and the people there are really friendly and hardworking. Also I get a kick out of their instagram feed! I’m glad the word is spreading, because I hope they are around for a long time to come.

  • I stopped by today and found that they had a good selection of reuse materials at reasonable prices. What a great addition to the East End!