Reclamation- East Coast Meets West

Posted on Jan 6, 2014

Reclamation wall

Over the holidays I had the opportunity to visit some shops I’d been meaning to get to, but hadn’t yet.  One of my favorites is Reclamation in San Clemente, Ca.  As the name implies, Reclamation carries mostly things that have been reclaimed and re-purposed in some creative new way, with a few gently used items mixed in as well.

Reclamation is the brain child of Louise Mayer-Grodski and David Grodski , two transplants from the East Coast.  After checking out a lot of the Orange County area on a mission to find a location for their new business, the last day proved successful when they found downtown San Clemente.  A beach town with a casual feel and a great old-school downtown business district, San Clemente’s lovely community feeling reminded them of home in Sag Harbor, NY, on eastern Long Island.  Louise has a background as a retail designer and consignment background. David makes most of the light fixtures.  Louise and David expect San Clemente to grow even more with a lot of young people moving into the area.

Reclamation is a store that, “Crosses over from women to men and age gaps.  Our things are original, unique, repurposed, eco-friendly and vintage that also give back,” as Louise describes it.  I’d add beautiful and interesting as well.

One of my favorite things in the store is a beautiful, huge pendant light with rippled glass that looks like its seen a lot of living.  It is positively striking, as are so many of the one-of-a-kind light fixtures, a mainstay of the store.


Reclamation lamp


Reclamation also has more traditional reclaimed items like this beautiful wrought iron fencing.


Reclamation wwrough iron grate


Cork flooring samples, unique lighting, purses, and jewelry are all available at Reclamation.


Reclamation wrought iron lights


Reclaimed bottles are all over the store.  I especially loved these reclaimed liquor bottles turned into soap dispensers.  How great are these for a man cave?!


Reclamation booze botte soap dispenser


Talking about a man-cave, these bottles cut in half vertically and sanded smooth make interesting accessories.  This is the best looking ash tray I’ve ever seen.  I don’t even know anyone who smokes cigars, but was tempted :0).  Check out the masculine and modern gear table underneath.


Reclamation cigar


This same bottle is also a clever nic-nac container.


Reclamation jewelry jar with tag


I love the color of this blue bottle and it is perfect for wrangling these bangles.  At Reclamation Louise and David take it a step further.  They like to sell things that allow for people in need to be helped.  This jewelry, for example, is the project of a woman who puts women to work in Africa.  25 women now have jobs transforming donated old jewelry into new works of art.


Reclamation jewelry jar


Aren’t these the most adorable purses? They are made from reclaimed fire hoses.  A portion of the profits from each bag sold go to the Alisa Ann Rusch Foundation named for an 8-year-old burn victim from northern Louisiana.


Reclamation purse


They also carry sunglasses made from argon oil, 25% of which goes back to the women who extract it.  This And That Equals This, a brand Reclamation carries, collects donated designer textiles and makes them into pillows, the proceeds of which, support women of domestic violence. So reclamation not only carries art-quality items, but also carries those items that help their customers give back to the local community and around the world.

So, if you’re ever in downtown San Clemente, stop by Reclamation. You’ll find something for nearly anyone (including yourself) and feel good about how your money is being put to work.

Welcome to San Clemente Louise and David.  We hope you stay for a long, long time!


Reclamation door sign

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Disclaimer: Reclamation is a great addition to the downtown area of San Clemente and I actually shop there. I have no affiliation with the store, but if I did, I’d take that gorgeous pendant light as payment:0).



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