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Earth Day Marks Charleston ReStore’s 16th Anniversary

Earth Day Marks Charleston ReStore’s 16th Anniversary

On Earth Day 2001, the first ReStore opened in West Virginia. Over the past 16 year our ReStore has served thousands of customers, funded the construction of 58 Habitat for Humanity homes, opened a second boutique location in Teays Valley and – with the help of our donors – diverted over 13,000 tons of viable building material and home goods from area landfills.

13,000 TONS = 26,000,000 POUNDS

OR …

Earth Day Coal Train

92 Train Cars Full of Coal

Earth Day School Bus

655 School Buses Full of Children

Earth Day Wind Turbine

80 Wind Turbines

ReStore customers and donors truly understand and support our environmental mission.

Here’s what they have to say about it.

I love finding treasures that can be restored and given new life instead of ending up in a landfill, while at the same time helping build homes for those less fortunate. ~ Ruth Knabb

From an outlet to reuse and repurpose items that would otherwise end up in the landfill to wandering the aisles finding one of a kind treasures.  Thank you for all you do. ~Mike Lewis

Why do I love the restore? That’s a long list. Let’s start with the obvious it’s good for the planet. When you can reuse and reimagine you keep things out of landfills. Profits go for a good cause. Anytime you can help put a family in a home it’s a good thing. It allows me to express my creativity in new and often useful ways. It allows me to do projects and furnish my home in ways I would not be able to afford to do otherwise. I saved the best for last. The staff. They are a fun caring group that put the icing on restore cake. ~ Sherry Smith

I love the Restore because it provides me a great place to donate my household goods so they can benefit another person or family and not end up in a landfill. ~ Judy Hamilton

What I love about the restore is that it encourages artistic expression when you see something that you can repurpose you are being creative, artistic and saving something from the landfill. ~Janie Hamilton

I love that landfills aren’t filling up with slightly used items, and that other folks get use out of these items… sometimes,  new and improved and re-vamped.  ~G. Teeters

I love the Restore because I love making something new and interesting out of something old.  I love seeing all of the generosity of people that give to the store so that it does not end up in a landfill and make the world an uglier place, but it ends up in a home and provides for a family something they need or that beautifies their lives. ~Jill Beaty

I love the ReStore’s resolve – turn someone else’s “trash” into my treasures; keeping items out of landfills. ~Melissa Marshall

 Celebrate Earth Day 2017 at the ReStore by dropping off your donation or by purchasing reused items.

Scrap Wood Diverted from the Landfill and Redesigned

One of our favorite ReStore customers, Roger Spencer, created all of the birdhouses above from scrap wood he purchased at the ReStore. You’ll find Roger in the ReStore at least once a week checking out the recent donations to our lumber yard.


All aboard the Sherry Cummings Express. We are so impressed by this train Sherry and her husband crafted from ReStore wood, and we are thrilled that Sherry is now part of our team! She is remixing latex paint several times a week at the Charleston ReStore.

Beth Ann Walker Scrap Wood

Beth Ann Walker won second place in the 2015 ReDesign by ReStore contest with this beautiful artwork.

She used $1.50 worth of scrap wood from the ReStore’s lumber yard to create a lovely piece for her niece, Alyssa. She assembled the multiple pieces of wood to create a flat panel and then painted a lovely scene of dandelions caught in a breeze.

Aimee Figgatt has so many skills. One is creating very popular crafts from scrap wood.

Shelly Nichols-Stanley used scrap wood and pallets to create a ReStore chicken coop. Didn’t she do a great job? We’re sure her chickens love their new nest.

Several years ago, Julie Greathouse made these incredibly clever holiday plaques from scrap wood and hardware. She then donated them to the ReStore. The sale of Julie’s generous donation made a nice little chunk of money for Habitat for Humanity of Kanawha & Putnam.

Julie Greathouse Scrap Wood

Visit our Scrap Wood Pinterest Board for more great project ideas.

 

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