Formed out of a commitment to environmental and social sustainability, Urban Miners salvages building materials and household goods to pass on to you at affordable prices. Our mission “ recycle  & reuse goods & used building materials to minimize waste to sustain the local community.”  Spport our effort

Since 2007, Urban Miners has grown to become the forerunner and regional leader in a growing economy of retail reuse centers and salvage service industries. As of this year, we are moving towards increasing deconstruction services and selling larger volumes of salvaged materials directly from job sites, and decreasing our retail footprint.

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Recognized by the Hamden Chamber of Commerce as recipient of the 2012 Green Business Advocate Award and designated as Business New Haven’s Rising Star of 2010, Urban Miners also works with the public/private sector to educate and advocate for deconstruction and materials reuse.

Founder Joe DeRisi holds a master’s degree in resource management as well as a certificate in deconstruction, and has worked locally as an environmental analyst, conservationist and former building contractor. He works alongside a staff of talented others who share a vision for a sustainable future and a commitment to customer service.

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We now have inventory you can browse online ! Items purchased online can be picked up in  New Haven. Deliveries anywhere. Contact us for details. We have a Gallery of select materials at Fairhaven Furniture at 72 Blatchley Avenue in New Haven.

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Right now we mostly sell directly from jobs sites. So please check our website shopping page, facebook and instagram accounts for up to the minute descriptions of what is available. Our gallery space in New Haven is currently under development, though we are already selling out of it by appointment and 10 to 3 on Fridays and Saturdays. We  have a select inventory of doors, barn board,salvaged lumber, window sashes, old bottles, light fixtures, stained glass, architectural elements such as corbels and mantels,along with the usual unusual Urbanminers surprises.

But do keep in mind you want to check our website, facebook and instagram locations as we sell as much as possible from job sites, before the materials go to the outlet sites such as New Haven.

Come join the adventure and hunt through our collection  of used, salvaged, materials and goods to find just what you need for home, office, dorm, creative project, gifts and more. Whether you are a contractor, homeowner, student, artist, or just an environmentally conscious shopper, Urban Miners connects you with a constantly changing stock of just about everything, including the proverbial kitchen sink! If you do not see what you are looking for, contact us !

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Remodeling? Rebuilding? We help you make environmentally conscious choices by removing building materials such as cabinets, doors, hardware, fixtures, flooring, trim, and more–often substantially reducing your disposal fees and saving good stuff from the landfill at the same time.

We also do deconstruction: taking apart entire structures for those who seek a partial or full alternative to demolition. Often we can save up to 80% of the building materials. Urban Miners helps you maintain a clear conscience about not being wasteful while creating the home you’ve always wanted. There are options for donating all your materials to local not for profit reuse organizations as well. Deconstruction can keep the building out of the landfill, provide local artists and manufacturers with a unique resource, AND we often can make it an economic advantage to the home owner. Contact us for details.

Saving materials Videos

Old video of us recovering flooring

Current recovery video of material


It’s not junk to us! We do house clean outs before your move or in preparation for your estate sales.We take the extra time to sort through all household materials to recover everything usable.


When we get any call, to remove an item or an entire building, our goal is to work with the customer to minimize waste. Often renovations generate a lot of usable materials that are often overlooked. The contents of a house or factory or lab are often not integrated into the renovation or demolition plan. But when we look at the salvage of the contents and the building itself together, it can often provide a cost savings to the owner. Also when we do “clean outs” we sort through every item to determine reusability, while many clean out companies just chute the same stuff right into a dumpster. This is because it is more economical to save things when they can be directly retailed, which is what we do. So do not call us to remove the stuff after the demo, let us do the demo. We are also very good at removing stuff without damaging it so it is sellable.


Urban Miners runs do-it-yourself workshops and trainings, and is available to provide programs on reuse and deconstruction to architects, contractors, educational institutions, neighborhood associations, and other public/private enterprises.


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Urban Miners News

Memorial Day Weekend Retail Schedule

Due to the holiday, combined with the extensive renovation project at Fairhaven Furniture, we are changing our retail hours for this weekend.   Friday May 26th – We will be available in the morning 10 to 12 at 72 Blatchley Avenue, but in the afternoon we will not be open.   Saturday May 27th – […]


Tobacco Barn Deconstruction

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Deconstruction and Reconstruction of a 1920′s Garage

A single car detached garage that needed to be removed from one yard is dissembled into large parts and reassembled to be used as a shed in another yard in the same neighborhood. See short video here: The original owner of the garage paid what a removal by demolition would have cost. But instead […]


Deconstruction & Retail Space Update

It is encouraging to see more renovation and deconstruction work taking place. We now have more job opportunities than we can keep up with. Where we really need our customer assistance though is for the salvage opportunities that do not pay for us to salvage. because selling the materials before or as they are removed […]


Contact Information

Urban Miners

New Retail Location:

72 Blatchley Avenue, New Haven

Currently ,as we set up, our regular hours are 10 to 3 on Fridays and Saturdays, otherwise by appointment.

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We also have a Facebook and Instagram account….


(203) 287-0852


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Hours of Operation

Retail: Friday 10 to 3, Saturday 10 to 3


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