October 1, 2022

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Shopper’s Diary: A Resale Marketplace for Unused Residential Construction Goods

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.

Lighting

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Above: An Anglepoise Original 1227 Giant Pendant Light—described by Unbuilt as “a funhouse version” of the Original 1227—is available for $307.35 (retail price: $815). In addition to yellow, other colors are available, 

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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Above: Cecilie Manz’s Caravaggio Matte Pendant Lamp P3 from Fritz Hansen is a longstanding Remodelista favorite. It’s $808 via Unbuilt (retail: $1,155). “We like that we can offer buyers great deals on high-value items that they might not otherwise consider buying for a project,” says Sara.

See the Caravaggio and others like it in 10 Easy Pieces: Black Pendant Lights.

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Above: Topan Pendant Lights by &Tradition are available in Midnight Blue Gloss (far left) and Dark Green Gloss (center left) for $101.22 each (retail: $360).

Kitchen

a vent a hood 48 inch euroline pro series 550 cfm island range hood in stainles 12
Above: A Vent a Hood 48-Inch Euroline Pro Series 550 CFM Island Range Hood in stainless steel is $2,800 (retail: $4,755).
a 38 by \19 by \10 inch lenova stainless steel sink is \$646.40 (retail: \$995). 13
Above: A 38-by-19-by-10-inch Lenova Stainless Steel Sink is $646.40 (retail: $995).
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Above: Four Waterstone Parche Filtration Faucets in stainless steel are available for $342.60 each (retail $576.75)

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.”

Bathroom

signature hardware
Above: Signature Hardware’s 55-inch Vada Acrylic Soaking Tub (faucet not included) is $950 (retail: $1,503).
two dornbracht tara wall mounted rain shower heads with arms in polished chrome 16
Above: Two Dornbracht Tara Wall-Mounted Rain Shower Heads with arms in polished chrome are $810.90 each (retail: $1,515).
a discontinued restoration hardware small hutton inset medicine cabinet in whit 17
Above: A discontinued Restoration Hardware small Hutton Inset Medicine Cabinet in white is available for $129 (retail: $188).
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Above: Duravit’s Starck 2 Toilet Wall-Mounted, Less Seat—opened from box but never used—is $193.77 (retail: $585).

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.”

Tile

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Above: A total of 400 Strands Geo X Blocks 8-by-8-inch Cement Tiles from Concrete Collaborative are available for $8 a piece—Unbuilt suggests interested buyers get in touch to make an offer.
46 sheets of ann sacks savoy classics mosaics large stack tiles in graphite are 20
Above: 46 sheets of Ann Sacks Savoy Classics Mosaics Large Stack tiles in Graphite are $13.41 each (retail: $22.95).

\1\15 tabarka studio paris metro 6 by 6 inch hand painted terra cotta tiles jus 21
Above: 115 Tabarka Studio Paris Metro 6-by-6-inch hand-painted terra-cotta tiles just sold out.

Windows and Doors

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Above: Two pairs of custom-made Paramount Tw0 Section, Double-Hung, Low E Pine Windows, approximately 56-by-48 inches, are $1,485 each (retail: $2,475)—two in raw wood (shown) are in LA; two painted white are in New Jersey.
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Above: A Solid Hardwood Door with Frosted Glass Panels in a red-gold maple finish recently sold for $250 (retail: $1,000).

Stay tuned: Unbuilt has ambitions to expand its operations beyond California.

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