How to Sell Reclaimed Wood

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If you're looking to find reclaimed wood to sell, you have many sources to choose from. You might find reclaimed wood from barns, warehouses, rural communities, wine barrels, bridges or other projects. You can try to sell the reclaimed wood directly to a company that sells reclaimed wood or to a woodworker or artist who specializes in sculptures and projects using reclaimed wood.

Things You'll Need

  • Camera
  • Pen
  • Paper
  • Computer
  • Internet
  • Telephone
  • Assess the amount and condition of your reclaimed wood. Pieces that aren't structurally valuable can be sold to artists or used for firewood. Photograph all the wood so you can provide potential buyers with images.

  • Measure and count any pieces that can be reused, jotting dimensions down on a sheet of paper.

  • Research lumber companies specializing in reclaimed wood. Call or email the lumber company to let them know what you have for sale, including the measurements. Wait to see if they are interested.

  • Follow up with the lumber companies. They may wish to see photographs or even a ample of the wood before they commit to purchasing; send these materials.

  • Find woodworkers and artisans near you who specialize in wood projects. You can look for artists' cooperatives, woodworking classes, adult education programs, art schools or university art programs.

  • Inquire at these places to see if anyone might be interested in reclaimed wood. You can also draw up a flyer that includes images of your wood and contact information, and post it at these places.

  • Review any interested buyers. Are they willing to buy the wood at a price that's acceptable to you? If so, draw up a sales contract that discusses how the wood will be removed and proceed with the sale of your reclaimed wood.

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