About Urban Miners

E-mail Urbanminers@gmail.com    Phone 203-287-0852  Website – oh, right, you are already at the website

Bridgeport Location Official Opening March 3rd, 2018 ( First Saturday of the month).

1155 Railroad Avenue in Bridgeport is a large three story building located right at the Wordin Avenue exit in Bridgeport Ct.  On the first floor there will be multiple vendors selling salvaged materials, furniture made from salvaged materials; industrial salvage, architectural, antiques and more. Urbanminers will be selling there. 

We will still have our gallery times at Fairhaven Furniture Friday and Saturday 10-3.

Contact us for details

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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   https://www.gofundme.com/6p2jsd2j6g

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 through local not for profit reuse centers; decreasing our retail footprint in size (and increasing its eclecticism we hope).

Barn Deconstruction Video Here ! Watch the barn collapse while keeping in mind it is not , in fact, a demolition, but that, in fact, we are saving all of the materials for reuse. Enjoy the entertainment value of a building falling down , while having the assurance that it is not getting wasted – the best of both worlds. VIDEO HERE 

Yes more work than demolition, but that means jobs. IMG_4322IMG_5027 IMG_5039

Left photos – Two tobacco barns deconstructed in Windsor Locks. Right photos – barn in Hamden being deconstructed.


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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.



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. Open 10-3 Fridays and Saturdays.

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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.

It should also be noted that we also salvage materials from houses and coordinate the donation of materials from the owner directly to local not for profit reuse organizations throughout the region. When we are paid to salvage and the owner receives a donation value for the materials we are able to recover a larger volume of materials because they can be distributed to multiple retail outlets. Contact us for details on how you can benefit from recovering your materials from renovations or house demolitions.

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 ! But remember shopping with us starts at the job site even before we remove the items !

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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.


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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. We document our salvage work and provide historic context for the products we sell. We see every salvage project as an opportunity to demonstrate the social, environmental and economic opportunities of reuse.


Current NEWSLETTER here:  http://conta.cc/2i2KjcZ

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Urban Miners News

Retail Hours Friday February 2nd & Saturday February 3rd

Our retail hours for Friday February 2nd & Saturday February 3rd are 10-3 both days in Fairhaven. We will not have hours in Bridgeport on Saturday morning this week. Bridgeport will be open Saturday’s beginning March 3rd. Contact us f or details. Note that our website shopping page has just a few examples of our […]


50% off sale this Friday December 1st & Saturday December 2nd

50% Off (Almost) Everything * Friday December 1st and Saturday December 2nd. 10-3    Everything in the Fairhaven location is 50% off our regular price. With one exception, the brand new inventory from our c. 1800-1850 house deconstruction that includes live edge planks, 10-16 inch wide flooring and other goodies – BUT – Doors, window sash, lumber, furniture […]


Recent and Upcoming Projects

September was a very slow month for deconstruction and salvage work for us. However not true of October! We salvaged kitchens, doors, mantels, flooring, barn boards, bathroom fixtures and more from houses in Greenwich, New Canaan, West Hartford, Hamden, and Stamford,  as well as some commercial salvage in New Haven. We are now working on […]


Project Updates

We are wrapping up our deconstruction of two tobacco barns. Special thanks to American Honda Motor Company, Inc; The Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation; C&D Services, Llc, John Cusick Construction Company; Barn Removal Services; and the Town of Windsor Locks. The bottom line is two historic tobacco barns that needed to be removed are now […]


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Urban Miners

New Retail Location:

72 Blatchley Avenue, New Haven; at Fairhaven Furniture

Summer Hours Friday and Saturday 10 to 3

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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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