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Meet Virginia Lopez of Reusable Finds in South Bay Park

Today we’d like to introduce you to Virginia (Virgie) Lopez.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Virginia. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
Reusable Finds is a living dream for me. I am a native San Diegan with a desire for taking something old and creating something new! I enjoy turning secondhand finds into a repurposed item.

I always wanted to start a business with the goal of keeping as many reusable items as possible out of our landfills and give them a new life. As a young lady, I always found ways to repurpose things. I would come home with items I found at a yard sale, or items that some would say, “reached its usable life” and say, “I know what I can do with that”.

My appreciation and contagious passion for recycling, restoring & re-creating evolved into Reusable Finds, which today is shared by my family. Reusable Finds is a family business with help from my three sons, Robert, Peter and Gabriel and daughter Celina, who also helps with the rental division. It makes me proud to see my children share the same desire in keeping items out of the landfills one finds at a time.

It is my desire that my dreams, willingness and commitment to making a difference brings more awareness to the fact that we all must make an effort to recycle, repurpose and reuse more often.

I have faith that our efforts are a step toward making this earth a better place for our children and future generations as well as to inspire our children that there is good use in all. It’s just allowing ourselves to take a closer look at the potential.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
It took a while to get to this point. I had a career in hotel hospitality for a couple of decades prior to being able to go full force with my own business. I started out in my back yard fixing, painting and repurposing, then after a couple of years, opened a 500 sqf storefront that was manageable, and had been pretty much a smooth road until the demand grew, and I had to grow. I would say finding a larger place was hard. I ended up finding a 5000 sqft warehouse in an industrial area in South Bay Park that took care of all my needs. We even have a garden, and workspace, something we didn’t have in our other location. People welcome what we do and have supported us. And that feels great!

We’d love to hear more about your business.
Reusable Finds is where we Recycle, Repurpose and Reuse!
I’m sure you heard this line before, “One man’s junk is another man’s treasure”, well, it’s true! We transform and give a new life here. We also provide estate liquidate and clean out services.

By being resourceful and creative recyclers we are able to offer our customers great reclaimed goods and at the same time keep more unwanted items out of our landfills. We are committed to diverting usable materials from landfills by salvaging, and refurbishing. Why buy new items, if you can find reusable items and give them new life?

All of our finds are considered as possibilities for a new life in some shape or form. We invite and ask our friends, family neighbors and customers to join us in our efforts to give new life to unwanted items by repurposing them! We offer ways, and inspire here at Reusable Finds.

What were you like growing up?
I was very shy as a young girl growing up and liked to giggle. My dad would call me a laughing Jiena. As I grew older, I had a love for nature, animals, flowers, plants, art, music, gardening, swapmeets and thrift shopping became a passion and there was no end to what could be found or planted.

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