Reusing and recycling items that can be used in another capacity is what The Stock Pile Reuse Store in Canton is all about. “The Stock Pile is Canton’s best-kept secret, but we don’t want it to be a secret anymore,” said Patrick Gerber, program manager. “When you shop at The Stock Pile, you support recycling and reuse in our community and you get huge savings on home improvement materials for your home. We want everyone to know about The Stock Pile.”

The store is a nonprofit that helps reduce waste by making used and excess home improvement materials available to the public at a fraction of retail prices. The store also offers free memberships and a 20 percent discount on everything in the store for elderly, disabled, low-to-moderate income customers and nonprofit customers. It also offers free donation pickups.

The Stock Pile Reuse Store is a project of the Stark County Regional Planning Commission. It is overseen by Brenda Sarsany, The Stock Pile project coordinator from SCRPC, and a seven-member board of directors.

The store stocks nearly everything you might find at a hardware store, including tile, flooring, lumber, cabinets, paint, doors, windows, sinks, toilets — and even vintage furniture. All of the used and excess home improvement supplies at the store were saved from going to waste in warehouses, trash bins or landfills.

“Our goal is to make these reusable building materials available at the lowest prices possible,” Gerber said.

By making reusable building materials available to the public, The Stock Pile helps improve substandard housing in Northeast Ohio and helps reduce waste by saving these materials from entering the waste stream. Substandard housing and poverty are growing problems in Stark County, Gerber said, and The Stock Pile is dedicated to helping residents of Stark, Wayne and Tuscarawas counties improve their homes and their lives.

“We love saving stores, businesses and contractors money and time,” said Gerber. “There’s no need to pay for a trip to the landfill or pay for a Dumpster when The Stock Pile can pick up used and excess materials for free. Plus, donations can be used as a tax write-off. The Stock Pile’s service is win, win, win — donors save money, customers get access to low-cost home improvement supplies, and The Stock Pile gets to reduce waste while helping improve housing conditions in our community.”


WHO: The Stock Pile Reuse Store, 1387 Clarendon Ave. SW, Canton.
WHAT: Tuesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
BOARD MEMBERS: David McAlister of Clem Lumber, Marty Chumney of Stark Metropolitan Housing Authority, Tony Danzo of Municipal Service Corporation, Joe Race of Stark County BIA, Bernie Hunt, attorney-at-law, Jonathan Chastek of Wheeling & Lake Erie Railroad and Jerry Bixler, retired CEO of Stark County Regional Planning Commission Services.

PROCEEDS: Provides building materials to elderly, disabled, and low-to-moderate income customers and nonprofit customers.

DONATIONS: The Stock Pile is partially funded by a grant from The US Department of Housing and Urban Development. The remainder of The Stock Pile’s funding is self-generated through the sale of donated home improvement supplies. Donations of building materials can be taken to the store or picked up by calling 330-455-4585. To learn more, go to

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