Friday, June 24, 2011
Brown Building Materials, a rusty paradise.
During our recent visit to Spokane we stopped by another favorite old haunt, Brown Building Materials. As with everything, it’s changed over the years. This used to be essentially a big junkyard; you could spend hours walking around looking at scrap and discovering treasures. Then there was a big fire, and they cleaned up their act. Moved and consolidated, organized. In fact I’ve never seen it so organized. There was still plenty of inspiring rust though. Things that had me thinking of Reuben at Rancho Reubidoux, oh what he could do with these amazing finds! Garden structure, trellis material, planters…it’s all here…if you have a little imagination. Of course not much is priced, you risk falling in love with expensive junk. In my case all I left with was pictures (remember I had already filled the car with plants bought earlier in the day), but I was very inspired by these… You’ve got to love plants (some would say weeds) that are happily growing regardless of their location. And it’s not all rust at Brown Building, they’ve got some fabulous concrete and clay relics as well. In the end this visit had me thinking about the book The Revolutionary Yardscape, by Matthew Levesque, a book that I read and just didn’t click with. I also read a review of the book on Reuben’s blog and commented saying as much. But walking through and looking at all of this great stuff just dying for a new life I think I finally got why Mr. Levesque’s book has been such a hit. Not everyone has the ability (or time) to see the possibilities in the junk that surrounds us. Someone who can get others excited about reusing things that have already been useful once, and then cast off, rather than going out and buying new things, is doing a very good service to the planet. I think I’m going to email Brown Building Supply and suggest they get a store copy of the book!
Labels: garden accessories