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Architectural Salvage Business for Sale

ReStore of Philadelphia Inc. has been in business for 9 years in Philadelphia. They have  had the business name since August of 2002 and was incorporated in March of 2003. ReStore services the need for recycling and preserving architectural salvage and making them available for resale in the greater Philadelphia area.  The business is being sold with well established contacts and buyer base. Included in the sale are: name, contacts, email list of current customers who have requested a list of new materials and salvage weekly(currently near 4150 contacts) all inventory, corporate shares, website, blog,and all business records. The business would need to move from its current location because the building is for sale as well.

The business is being sold due to retirement.

The business has been involved in stories in Philly Mag, Philly Home, Style, Philadelphia Inquirer, Star, City Paper, Philadelphia Weekly, and Queen Village Crier. Also featured on website blogs, Angie’s list, ABC, CBS, NBC, Comcast, HGTV. All of this press has given a wide audience of knowing about ReStore and a positive image.

The store has been used for two music videos, Sustainable Business Network meeting, a film shot
 for a recorded interview for Kate McGinty with the PA Dept of Environmental Protection, Neighborhood Transformation Initiative meeting as well as other events.

Here is a link to the business website.

Here is a link to the blog that updates with new merchandise.

Here is a link to a video of the ReStore store which shows you the variety of merchandise.

How does ReStore work?

ReStore was set up to salvage materials that were being discarded and not recycled, they are cleaned, inventoried and stored for the public to come and purchase. There are many ways of collecting new items and all details can be discussed in person with the owner.

Restore, in its current location is limited due to size, even though there is 6000 sq. ft. of space. It would work well in another space perhaps with indoor an outdoor space and large entry doors. The owner has information on other possible locations in the city if needed.

Why does ReStore make sense?

As the green economy and people’s perception of recycling things grows, people have been looking to save items and salvage that would otherwise be thrown out in the past. Philadelphia and its surrounding areas are very historic and have an almost infinite supply of older durable materials that can be obtained from people remodeling or building being demolished. There is great potential for growth and this is the type of business that can be molded into what the owner wants the business to be.

What does ReStore focus on now?

ReStore has focused on usable house parts, anything that is “fixed” in a house or building. ReStore has focused on pre 1950’s materials, or materials that are made from good materials and things that can be used in older homes or in interesting ways in new homes.  ReStore has also focused on being affordable and useful to simple projects or the go to source for designers looking for something special for a project.

Who are ReStore’s customers?

People that come to ReStore are individuals that share an interest in recycled materials or are looking for something unique. ReStore considers it customers to be very insightful and a great mix like-minded people. It is always considered a pleasure  of the job and business to interact with them. Some of the customers have been movie set designers, people looking for display ideas for window fronts or for the flower show, people restoring historic houses, green builders, architects, builders, homeowners, or just someone looking for something unique.

Here is what some customers have said about ReStore.

“And I could spend hours at ReStore, a Philadelphia architectural salvage store. And I have. Armed with my tape measure and notebook and husband, I have lovingly run my hands over banisters that have lost their homes, and fingered glass tiles are no longer lining someone’s bathroom walls.”

“I came across a neat-looking shop in Philadelphia, ReStore, that sells previously used home items (whole doors and windows, doorknobs, furniture, etc.).”

“This shop offers two whole floors of shopping.  Why buy new when you can buy character?”

“Lucky for me though I ended up in a similar salvage on the other side of the city, in Port Richmond… I was in heaven… I didn’t even plan this! My friends and I visited Restore of Philadelphia (not to be confused with Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore) to reclaim more of the city for another upcycled project that will be shared soon. Of course, I was easily distracted by the rows of neatly organized old doors”

Also reviews on

ReStore is also very linked to other businesses that connect it with customers.

What do people who work at ReStore say?

“It is one of the best jobs I have had. Everyday is different and you never know what you are going to find in attics and basements. You also get to see a great variety of places in the Philadelphia area. It is also interesting learning about how buildings were made and materials used. Working at ReStore has given me a great appreciation for this building materials and how they are used and even has effected me in how   I build.”

     “It feels great to be saving so many things from the trash and finding new homes for them and being a part of it. It is a feel good job”

Business experts have valued the business at $250,000 It is being offered now for the valuable price of $150,000

Please contact the owner, Linda Mellish at 215-634-3474 or email at


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