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WasteCap's Razed & Found retail shop is closing

Much to the dismay of homeowners, rehabbers, and lovers of historical architectural elements and materials, Razed & Found is closing its retail store at 2123 W. Michigan St.

The store is a division of WasteCap Resource Solutions, which for nearly two decades has been salvaging materials to keep them out of landfills but also to reuse them and, at the same time, provide work and training to Milwaukeeans.

I profiled the shop and company in 2015.

When the news broke, one area homeowner tweeted his disappointment ...

"WasteCap Resource Solutions is not closing," says Executive Director Travis Blomberg. "(Only) the retail store of WasteCap's Razed & Found division is closing. The Razed & Found division will continue to offer deconstruction consulting services.

"Our goal is to develop a comprehensive sustainable development program, that includes deconstruction and a material reuse warehouse in a new location."

Currently, the store – open to the public Fridays from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., Saturdays, 10-4, and Wednesdays and Thursdays by appointment – has everything on sale for 30 percent off. Each week that discount deepens until the first week of May when whatever remains will be 80 percent off.

That includes this cool Schlitz tied house cornice.

Blomberg says its unclear whether or not WasteCap will continue to sell to the public.

"In our new model, we may or may not be operators of a material reuse outlet," he says.

So, if you want to get a vintage Harley-Davidson factory window, you'd better act now.


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