Better Than The Home Depot – Milner Mall

Better Than The Home Depot – Milner Mall

Most cities across America have The Home Depot or Lowe’s or other big building supply stores, but we here in Steamboat Springs, CO have “The Milner Mall”. At least that’s what locals refer to it as, but it’s official name is Home Resource and it’s basically an area of “organized chaos” at the local landfill.

Don’t get me wrong, we have great hardware stores. But the Milner Mall is not a hardware store.

Home Resource is a non-profit subsidiary of the landfill, selling salvaged materials at a discounted price and keeping them out of the landfill.  I was amazed at what all I saw there!

Could this be lawn mower heaven?
Could this be lawn mower heaven?

Home ReSource was started a few years ago in an effort to divert reusable materials from the landfill. This keeps our valuable land from becoming bigger dumping grounds, but it also provides affordable building materials and recreation equipment.

10 Items Commonly Found at Home ReSource, aka “The Milner Mall”

  1. Sinks/Toilets
  2. Windows
  3. Doors
  4. Bath tubs
  5. Cabinets (kitchen/bath)
  6. Lawn Mowers
  7. Bicycles
  8. Tile
  9. Skis/Snowboards
  10. Appliances
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The bike shed at Home ReSource.

On November 2nd, Home ReSource will be hosting its annual Creative Community Art Contest and Show. Artists are invited to build a piece on-site starting now and must be completed by 11/2 using materials from “The Milner Mall”. Winners of the contest will be determined by the highest number of votes on November 2 from 9am – noon. (Email for more details.) Some of the art from years past is pretty cool, like this snowboard flower.

Snowboard yard art at the Home Resource
Snowboard yard art at the Home Resource.

You may not find everything you are looking for like you might at the big box stores, but then again you will not find movie theater seats, ski lockers, old high chairs and other random items just begging to be repurposed and resurrected at those stores either. I will definitely go back to Home ReSource, if not for materials then for inspiration. After all, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure, right?

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Greenhouse made of reclaimed windows found at Steamboat’s Home ReSource.

Starting January 1st, 2014, Prudential will become Steamboat Sotheby’s. Elevating my already high level of service, I’m excited about the change.


Want to learn more about me?
Charlie Dresen
Real Estate Associate Broker |Prudential
Local Knowledge | Global Exposure| Defining Service 
970-846-6435 |
610 Market Place Plaza, Steamboat Springs, CO 80487


Originally from Seattle, Washington, Charlie relocated to Steamboat Springs with his wife Carol and their son, Finn, to become a Steamboat Springs realtor eager to share the joys of Colorado. Charlie is a second generation realtor and is proud to be a member of Steamboat Sotheby's International Realty in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. After graduating from Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington, Charlie worked in the high-tech industry in Seattle for several years before deciding to follow his father's lead and began his career in real estate. Working for Windermere Real Estate in Seattle, Charlie had a great, innovative career in the highly competitive Seattle market before moving to Steamboat in 2005 and delving deep into Steamboat Springs real estate. At Steamboat Sotheby's International Realty, Charlie has become one of the top agents with his innovative style and tireless perseverance.
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