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Book Nook Now Open to All Bookworms!

This past summer we asked for volunteers to help construct a book nook in the Charleston ReStore. We had an overabundance of books and an underutilized space. We were in desperate need of volunteers that could create a solution that would solve both of our problems.

Two very generous and talented folks, Sherry and Doug Cummings, answered our cry. They constructed perfectly sized, solid wood shelves that fit perfectly into our underutilized nook and house a whole lot of books in an organized manner.

Sherry and Doug are the crafty customers that created this train from ReStore materials. They submitted a photo of their handiwork for ReDesign 2016. Now, Sherry works at the ReStore remixing paint and helping customers.

Constructed with ReStore Materials by the Cummings

 

Longtime ReStore regulars may remember that volunteer Geoff Bourne originally constructed the nook to house a hot dog cart. Yep, for one glorious winter you could buy West Virginia hotdogs at the ReStore.

After the hotdog cart moved downtown, our ReDesign interns used the nook. During the summers of 2014, 2015 and 2016, they stored the materials they needed to create their ReStore displays in the nook. You could always find Anthony, Elexus and Hannah working away in their little nook creating recycled art for the ReStore.

 

Now we are using the nook to display our book donations. In addition to the fabulous new shelving that Sherry and Doug created, ReStore volunteer Geoff Bourne installed good lighting and ReStore team member Dave Mills secured the shelves to the wall.

The team effort paid off; our new book nook is making our bookworm customers very happy! The books are easier to see, preview and shop.

But don’t take our word for it. Stop by and shop our book nook yourself!

Book Nook Before

Nook BEFORE

Inside the Book Nook

Book Nook AFTER

We Give Thanks To Our Donors & Shoppers

Ask any ReStore employee or volunteer and they will tell you our mission; beat our sales goals! We strive to achieve our daily, monthly, and yearly sales projections, and we almost always do. This seemingly simple goal requires hours of planning, back-breaking work, and a special kind of resilience that only those who work with the public must maintain.

Why do we do it? Because at the beginning of every year we make a commitment. We promise Habitat for Humanity of Kanawha & Putnam that we will make a certain amount of money.

This amount is formulated by considering last year’s results, studying projected sales trends, and budgeting for our many expenses (running two stores isn’t cheap). But, ultimately, the amount is just a promise. Nonetheless, it is an important promise that Habitat for Humanity uses to plan the number of houses they can build in the upcoming year.

Each house represents a family.

After a Habitat for Humanity Partner Family is selected, the family enters into a year-long program of homeowner education. The family members also perform sweat equity by working with the construction team to build their own home. Private donations and ReStore proceeds make construction possible (building 6-10 energy efficient homes a year isn’t cheap either).

Failure to deliver our promise affects Habitat for Humanity’s plans, but, more importantly, it adversely affects our families.

This year, along with years past, the ReStore is keeping its promise. Our loyal and generous donors are keeping our shelves full of great furniture and viable building materials. Our shoppers are keeping the cash register ringing and the merchandise moving. Our enthusiastic fans are letting others know about our inventory, promotions and programs.

Donors, shoppers and promoters – you are our partners too, and we know how lucky we are to have such good ones.

Thank you!

America Recycles Day 2017

Recycling – in the mechanical sense of the word – has been challenging in Kanawha County for that past few years. Recycling  – in the practical sense of the word – has been going strong for almost 17 years at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore. Let’s examine the definition of recycling and its practical applications.

Merriam-Webster’s definition of recycle:

  1. To make something new from something that has been used before.
  2. To send (used newspapers, cans, etc.) to a place where they are made into something new.
  3. To use something again.

 

To make something new from something that has been used before.

ReStore customers are the best! Our creative shoppers are constantly turning something old and unwanted into a prized procession. Every summer we showcase customer projects during our ReDesign by ReStore contest. It really is amazing to see children’s toys made from entertainment stands, artwork made from scrap lumber, and potting benches made from antique cabinets.

Photo by Molly Wolff

 

To send (used newspapers, cans, etc.) to a place where they are made into something new.

15,439 gallons of leftover latex paint have been recycled at the ReStore since we began our Mix It Up Latex Paint Recycling program in 2012. A grant from the Sustainable Kanawha Valley Initiative allowed us to purchase the equipment needed to check, strain, filter, bulk blend, shake and package leftover latex paint to create a new product that is sold at the ReStore.

America Recycles Day

 

To use something again.

Since opening on Earth Day 2001, the ReStore has diverted over 14,170 tons of home goods, furniture and building materials from local landfills. We couldn’t do it without our many loyal donors. Individuals, businesses, churches and organizations all make tax-deductible donations to our ReStore.

Are you a ReStore donor? If so, thanks and Happy America Recycles Day! Not a ReStore donor yet? What a great time to get started.

Donate today!

America Recycles Day

Tablescape Championship at Teays Valley ReStore. Ooh la la!

Tablescape Championship at Teays Valley ReStore. Ooh la la!

What’s a tablescape, you ask?

A tablescape is an arrangement of curated items creatively grouped on top of a table to create a visually appealing scene. Tablescaping is artful, beautiful and fun! Learn more about the history of tablescaping and pointers for creating your own here

2017 Tablescapes

The Inaugural TableScape Championship was a Success!

The first TableScape Championship was held in February 2017 at the Teays Valley ReStore. Four extremely talented and creative local entrepreneurs were challenged to create a tablescape that best represented their style. More than 500 folks voted for their favorite and awarded Bird, Blooms & Butterflies by Design the title. Read more here…

Excitement about the Teays Valley ReStore’s event spread far and wide. In August 2017, the Associated Press released an article about Tablescaping that featured our Putnam County event and two of the 2017 participants. The article ran in newspapers from San Francisco to Washington, DC!

Click here to watch a short video of last year’s participants talk about the inspiration for their tablescapes.

Tablescaping Article in The Washington Post

French Country in 2018

This year’s theme for the tablescapes is French County. Inspired by the stunning homes of Provence, French Country design combines European elegance with farmhouse comfort. It’s both sophisticated and rustic incorporating soft color schemes, pops of vibrant hues, distressed woodwork and mixed patterns.

Peruse our French Country Pinterest board for beautiful examples: https://www.pinterest.com/hfhrestorekp/french-country-inspiration/

Bunches of Roses

The 2018 Lineup

The following local Putnam County businesses were nominated to compete in this year’s TableScape Championship.

Simply Gorgeous Events | simplygorgevents.com | simplygorgeouseventsbylj@gmail.com

Laura-Jill Reynolds followed her heart after graduating from college with an Organizational Leadership degree and started her award-wining West Virginia wedding planning and design company.  She’s in the business of creating once in a lifetime experiences, and she loves it.

Yeager Design and Interiors | YeagerDesignandInteriors.com | 304-760-8914

Elizabeth Yeager-Cross and her team provide residential and commercial design in addition to maintaining a beautiful boutique and showroom at 168 Great Teays Blvd. in Scott Depot, WV. Elizabeth is also a member of the Charleston Gazette-Mail’s Design Team.

The Putnam Market | Facebook/ThePutnamMarket | 681-235-7011

Leah and her husband, Thor Meeks, opened The Putnam Market in October 2017. It’s a stylish retail market offering fresh flowers, custom floral arrangements, fine goods, gifts and provisions. The community marketplace is located at 3550 Teays Valley Rd. in Hurricane, WV.

Get in on the fun!

Community members are encouraged to visit the Teays Valley ReStore between 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM Tuesday, February 6 through Saturday, February 10 and Sunday, February 11 from 12:00 – 4:00 to vote for their favorite table.

All customers will be allowed one vote per day. The tablescape artist with the most votes will be named the champion. Votes will be tabulated and the winner will be announced on Tuesday, February 13.

In addition to bragging rights, this year’s champion will receive four tickets to “A Taste of ” in Charleston (Habitat for Humanity’s wildly popular annual fundraiser at the Clay Center) and a $100 ReStore Gift Certificate.

Tablescape Invitation

2018 TableScape Championship

February 6 – February 11

Tuesday – Saturday 10:00 – 5:00 & Sunday 12:00 – 4:00

Teays Valley ReStore  3554 Teays Valley Road, Hurricane, WV 25840

Mark yourself as “going” to our Facebook event and be the first to hear our theme announcement and list of participants!

The items the participants use in their tablescapes are donated to the Teays Valley ReStore and sold after the competition is over. The sale of these generous donations raises money to fund the mission of Habitat for Humanity of Kanawha & Putnam.

ReStore Remixes Your Leftover Latex Paint

In our October e-newsletter we asked ReStore fans to name two of our remixed paints for a change to win ReStore Swag. We loved reading the names and we’ve determined the winners!

Winner: “Pleather” by Sarah Young

Honorable Mention

“Fall Foliage” by Dawn Jones

“Bit-O-Honey” by Taylor Kraus

“Pharaoh’s Pajamas” by Casey Adkins

Winner: “Steamy Lima Beany” by Sam Corlis

Honorable Mention

“Broccoli Stems” by Erika Ford

“Sea Monster” by Sherry Smith

“Pistachio Pudding” by Robin Kirk

Vision for Teays Valley ReStore

We need your leftover latex paint to continue remixing.

Please drop off your donations to the Charleston or Teays Valley ReStore during normal business hours.

The paint must be liquid and in its original container.

Remember, we can only accept latex paint. We do not have the permits to handle oil-based paints and it costs Habitat for Humanity money to properly dispose of it.

Here are some helpful hints when dealing with your leftover paint.

Keywords to look for on leftover paint ReStore CAN accept: latex, latex-based, water-based, acrylic, cleanup instructions-soap and water.

Keywords to look for on leftover paint ReStore CANNOT accept: oil, oil-based, alkyd, flammable, keep away from heat, cleanup instructions-mineral spirits.

Options for Proper Disposal of Paint ReStore CANNOT accept. 

1. Dry the paint out. Containers with small amounts of paint can be dried out by removing the lid and allowing the paint to dry in a well ventilated area away from ignition sources. You must be sure the paint has dried all the way through by sticking something in it (often the top layer will solidify and there will still be liquid under this). Once paint has solidified, it can be disposed of in the landfill. In most cases you will need to have the containers open so trash collectors can see that it is solid or they will not take it. Liquids are not allowed in the landfill. This process can be used for oil or latex paint.

2. Use it. Paint a cardboard box, newspaper or anything you can easily dispose of in the trash.

3. Contact the store where you bought the paint. Most of the larger “box stores” have the ability to dispose of oil based paint if they desire. Lowe’s, Home Depot, K-Mart and Wal-Mart are all listed “Hazardous Waste Gen-erators” and they have the capability to store and dispose of these type materials.

4. If the above are not viable options, the WVDEP can take waste oil based paint. Contact the county Hazardous Waste Inspector as listed on the WVDEP website: www.dep.wv.gov or the WVDEP Emergency Response Unit in Elkview (304-558-5938) where WVDEP has a permitted Hazardous Waste storage area. THIS OPTION IS ONLY FOR HOUSEHOLDS. DEP CANNOT TAKE WASTE FROM A BUSINESS. A business that has this type of waste needs to contact a registered hazardous waste transporter and disposal facility and obtain a temporary EPA identification number from the WVDEP to arrange for disposal (in most cases the transporter/disposal facility will contact DEP to obtain the temporary number). A list of registered handlers is available through the WV DEP Hazardous Waste Office. Please call 304-926-0499.

Learn more about our latex paint remixing program here.

 

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