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New Full-Time Position Available Now!

New Full-Time Position Available Now!

Are you ready to get out of the life-consuming world of retail?

Now’s your chance.

Use your retail skills to transition into a stable and satisfying career with Habitat for Humanity ReStore. Avoid the holiday crush, work set hours that don’t fluctuate throughout the year, and ditch those late evening shifts in favor of all day shifts.

Your hard work will fund the mission of Habitat for Humanity in our community. 

For full-time employees ReStore offers competitive pay, health insurance, 403(b) retirement plan with match from Habitat, paid vacation and holidays.

For part-time employees ReStore offers competitive pay, flexible scheduling to accommodate other obligations and paid holidays.

Positions are available in Charleston and Teays Valley! APPLY IN PERSON.  

We are now hiring for a new position with the Habitat for Humanity ReStore  – Floating Asst. Manager.

Our new position offers the best of both worlds! The person selected for this key-holding position will work on special projects, provide additional coverage during events and high volume sales, troubleshoot, cover manager’s time off and work in both the Charleston and Teays Valley ReStore. The Floating Asst. Manager will report to the ReStore Director and work five days at 40 hours per week.

Key responsibilities for the new Floating Asst. Manager position. 

  • Strive to exceed sales goals in order to accomplish the mission of building more Habitat for Humanity homes
  • Exhibit exceptional customer service standards
  • Train and direct employees and volunteers in ReStore policies, procedures and safety standards
  • Maintain good morale among employees and volunteers
  • Recommend changes in policies and procedures to complement business conditions and trends
  • Maintain steady flow of donations to the sales floor
  • Execute and train policies for pricing, merchandising and signage

Requirements for the new position.

  • At least FIVE years of RETAIL MANAGEMENT experience required
  • Computer skills (Microsoft Office and internet)
  • Ability to lift a minimum of 50 lbs on a regular basis
  • Valid driver’s licence, reliable transportation and ability to travel between Charleston to Hurricane daily if needed
  • Top-notch dependability and punctuality

Hurry and apply! We plan to fill this new position by mid-October. 

Pick up an employment application in either ReStore or print one here: ReStore Application.

Mail, email or drop off applications for the Floating Asst. Manager Attn: Amy McLaughlin, ReStore Director to Amy@hfhkp.org or 815 Court St. Charleston, WV 25301.

Light Fixture ReDesigns Brighten Customer’s Lives

Light Fixture ReDesigns Brighten Customer’s Lives

Many of the light fixtures donated to the ReStore are beautiful and ready to hang in your home.

Some need a little extra love and attention.

Our clever customers see the hidden potential in these donations. They use their creativity and good old-fashion elbow grease to turn out-of-style light fixtures into beautiful adornments for their homes.

Here are just a few of our favorites.

Amy McLaughlin - Lighting

This beautiful turquoise chandelier at Lafayette Flats was once brass plated and hanging at the Charleston ReStore.

Geoff Bourne - Lighting WineGeoff Bourne - Beer Lighting

ReStore volunteer, Geoff Bourne, turned boring metal light fixtures into show-stopping wine and beer bottle displays for the ReStore’s 10th anniversary party in 2011.

Tiffany Steele - Lighting

ReStore shopper extraordinaire and Halloween queen, Tiffany Steele, didn’t need a hand creating her creepy ReStore chandelier. She had plenty. No bones about it, her redesign turned out great.

Brandi Bass - Lighting

We love this shappy chic redesigned light fixture by Brandi Bass.

Lafayette Flats Lighting

Here’s another great hand-crafted wine bottle chanelier make by our ReStore Director, Amy McLaughlin.

Click here to Read “Bottoms Up”  an article Amy wrote for the Gazette-Mail about creating the chandelier.

Lynn Degen - Lighting

Yep, that’s a colander. Lynn Degen turned her ReStore kitchen find into a stellar light fixture.

Beth Kerns - Lighting

Spray paint and beads go a long way! Beth Kern’s lighting redesign is adorable.

Solar Chandelier - Lighting

This chandelier, which was only $20 at the ReStore, is now powered by the sun.

Click here to read “Solar Powered Chandelier: DIY”

Ruth Ann Knabb - Lighting

Ruth Ann Knabb went in the opposite direct and removed the electrical wires to make way for dirt! We love her little planter chandelier.

Pet Redesigns for the Fur Babies of Our Customers

Pet Redesigns for the Fur Babies of Our Customers

There is no doubt about it. We love our pets.

Just look at these great redesigns our customers have created for their fur babies.

We love this glittery canopy that Kirsten Williams made for her puppy.

Look closely at the table Kara Nabors’ redesigned. It doubles as a dog bed.

Puppy Bed Pet Redesign

Lisa Fields-Eaton turned a dresser drawer into a comfy bed for her precious pooch.

Sherry Smith used many different building materials she found at the ReStore to make this cat condo.

Cat on Chair Pet Redesign

When Karen Cook redesigned this ReStore chair it wasn’t specifically for the feline, but…

Prancer's Palace

Amy, the ReStore Director, turned a table upside down to create a palace for Prancer the Pomeranian. Click here to find out how she did it.

As Bob Barker would say, help control the pet population. Have your pet spayed or neutered. There’s now a low-cost spay/neuter and wellness center on Greenbrier Street in Charleston. Click here for more information.

Thrift Store Art Causes a Double Take

Thrift Store Art Causes a Double Take

Every thrift store is full of mass-produced artwork that once proudly adorned the walls of someone’s home. Some of it is charming, but most of it is alarming…ly bad.

But add a little paint, a little creativity and voila: you’ve recreating old art!

There’s a name for that…

The process of recreating art by adding new elements was coined “redirecting” by Canadian artist David Irvine. The pop culture twists Irvine puts on tired old thrift store art is the inspiration for the ReStore’s third annual art show: Double Take.

Thrift store art redirected by David Irvine

Donated by David Irvine for Double Take 2015

 

Art Submission Date

Again this year, the ReStore encourages local folks to get creative and participate in Double Take Art Show!  

Those interested in participating in Double Take should submit their redirected art to the Charleston or Teays Valley ReStore by Saturday September 16, 2017.

 

Thrift Store Art Redirected by Brenda Pinnell

“Tres Toreros” by Brenda Pinnell

We are taking the show on the road this year.

Double Take 2017 will be on display at the Teays Valley ReStore, located in Mid-Valley Square Shopping Plaza at 3554 Teays Valley Road in Hurricane, WV.

Show Dates

Tuesday, September 19 – Sunday, October 8, 2017

The exhibit can be viewed during normal  Teays Valley ReStore hours: Tuesday – Saturday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM and Sunday: 12:00 – 4:00.

Click here to join the Facebook Event for reminders and updates. 

You Determine the Winner!

Double Take visitors are encouraged to vote for their favorite piece in the exhibit. The Community Choice Award, along with $100, will go to the artist that receives the most votes.

The winner will be announced on our Facebook pages on Tuesday, October 10, 2017.

Clever Redirected Art by Shawn Means

Clever Redirected Art by Shawn Means

 

Important Information for Participating Artists

  • Participants are NOT required to purchase art from the ReStore for reuse. Use what you already own or shop another local thrift store.
  • Participants may submit as many pieces as they like, but every piece must have an attached Submission Form. We will have these forms available on site, but feel free to print and prepare ahead of time.
  • All participants will receive one $10 off coupon that will be available for pickup at the Teays Valley ReStore the day the show opens – Tuesday, September 19, 2017 – through the close of the show.
  • All submitted art is considered a donation to Habitat for Humanity of Kanawha & Putnam (thank you!) and cannot be returned.
  • Money raised from the sale of Double Take art – just like all ReStore proceeds – will fund the mission of Habitat for Humanity of Kanawha & Putnam County.
  • There will not be a silent auction this year, but all art will be available for purchase – first come, first serve – after the winner has been announced on Tuesday, October 10, 2017.

 Looking for a little inspiration? Click here to check out past Double Take entries.

Book Nook Construction Volunteer Needed

Book Nook Construction Volunteer Needed

Tons (literally, tons) of books are donated to the Charleston ReStore every year by wonderful donors like you. Currently, we have every book displayed on inefficient gondola shelving in the “This, That & the Other” department of the ReStore.

In an effort to create more space for home goods (knick knacks, chotskies, dodads), and to better utilize an underutilized area of the ReStore, we want to create a book nook.

Here’s a look at the space we have our eye on for the future book nook.

Book Nook Before

This 6’8″ wide  X  11’4″ deep  X  6’7″ tall area of the ReStore is located in the front section west of the main entrance. The small room has a ceiling, over head light and doors that can be locked or removed.

Book Nook Before

Currently in search of carpenter ants, not book worms.

We need a volunteer that has the vision and ability to turn this boring underutilized space into a cozy and efficient book nook. Can you imagine how cool this book nook could be?

Wow! What a book nook!

We’ve Got What You Need.

We will supply or purchase the materials needed to build shelves and attach them to the walls. We can also help install additional lighting. But most importantly, we will give the crafty volunteer that steps forward full access to the entire ReStore inventory of donations to execute their design plan.

Doesn’t this sound like a fun project for friends or partners?

In addition to a beautiful vision, basic carpentry skills are needed and for this reason volunteers must be 18 or older.

Can you help? Contact Amy at 304-720-0141 x 22

Here is some Pinterest inspiration for you to peruse while you ponder your plans.

 

Enjoy looking at redesigned rooms? Check out this ReStory about entire rooms redone by ReStore customers using treasures they found at the Charleston and Teays Valley ReStores.

Tile ReDesigns by Talented ReStore Customers

Tile ReDesigns by Talented ReStore Customers

Tile. Sometimes we get a little and some times we get a lot.

That’s the nature of ReStore donations: unpredictable but always welcome!

One thing about the ReStore IS predictable. Our customers will create the coolest projects from items they find at the ReStore.

Tile ReDesign by Skeens

The Skeen’s Countertop

Tile ReDesign by Cantrell

The Cantrell’s Shower

Tile ReDesign by Outman

Carolyn Outman’s Countertop

Tile ReDesign by Carolyn Outman

Carolyn Outman’s Table

Tile ReDesign Dutch

Chris Dutch’s Shower

Tile ReDesign by Debbie McCoy

Debbie McCoy’s Mosaic Table

Tile ReDesign by Debbie McCoy

Another Mosiac by Debbie McCoy

Tile ReDesign by Dennis Boyle

Dennis Boyle’s Entry Steps

Tile ReDesign by Frecks

Mosaic Table by Sandra Frecks

Like looking at furniture redesigns? Check out this ReStorie.

Tile ReDesign by Frecks

Another Mosaic Table by Sandra Frecks

Tile ReDesign by Jana Goodall

Side Table by Jana Goodall

Tile ReDesign by John Casey

Bathroom Tile Job by John Casey

Tile ReDesign by John Casey

Shower Stall by John Casey

Click here for DIY instructions for covering different areas of your home with tile.

ReDesign 2017: A Showcase of ReStore Customer Projects

ReDesign 2017: A Showcase of ReStore Customer Projects

Enter a photo of your redesign project that contains materials purchased from the Charleston or Teays Valley ReStore for a chance to win a two-minute shopping spree!

We’ll give you a $10 off coupon just for entering!

Beth Ann Walker ReDesign

Check out past entries in our annual ReDesign Contest.

The showcase of projects is impressive!

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2015

2014

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Send Us Your Photos!

Email photos to ReStoreLove@HfHKP.org.

Please include your name and a brief description of the ReStore materials you used.

Be Part of the 2017 ReDesign Showcase.

Photos will be on display on our Facebook pages: ReStore, Charleston WV and ReStore, Teays Valley WV.

Garden ReDesign

Win Big!

The Habitat for Humanity Marketing Committee will choose one grand prize winner for most creative ReDesign.

You could win a two minute shopping spree in the ReStore!

Watch last year’s winning shopping spree here. 

Rules & Regulations

You may submit one or many projects.  More projects = better chance of winning!

Projects must be new to us. Previously submitted photos will not be eligible.

All participants will  receive ONE $10 off ReStore coupon regardless of the number of projects they submit.

Only digital images will be accepted.

Photos will be accepted until Aug. 31, 2017.

Your $10 off coupon will be available for pickup at the CHARLESTON ReStore on September 1, 2017.

In order to win the shopping spree, you must be willing to allow us to video your winning dash!

Open Studio: The Charleston Art Group

Open Studio: The Charleston Art Group

New friends sharing their art and sharing their time.

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The Charleston Art Group consists of individuals that came together for the opportunity to socialize with other local artists, make new friends and get inspired! Not knowing each other previously, they have now developed a creative network of like-minded cohorts that enjoy bouncing ideas off each other, learning new techniques, and admiring each other’s talent.

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The Charleston Art Group was the brainchild of Anna “Tookie” Nibert. Having recently moved to Charleston, Tookie was longing for the companionship she enjoyed during open studio time with various art groups  in Florida.  When Tookie couldn’t find a similar group in Charleston, she started her own! The Charleston Art Group now meets every Tuesday in Habitat for Humanity’s Homeowner Education & Community Center.

Join Tookie and the other Art Group regulars.

As Tookie would say, everyone has an artist inside of them, bring yours to the Charleston Art Group’s Open Studio!

No fees, memberships, experience or expectations apply.

Tuesday from 9:00 AM –  1:00 PM   &   Thursday from 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Habitat for Humanity’s Homeowner Education & Community Center.

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All types of artists are welcome at Open Studio: jewelry makers, painters, fine artists, digital artists, knitters and crafters.

The group is for adults only and parking is available directly across the street from the Homeowner Education & Community Center at 815 Court St. in Charleston.

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Learn more about the Charleston Art Group by joining their Facebook Group: Charleston, W.Va. Art Group.

Art ReDesigns by Our Artistic ReStore Customers

Art ReDesigns by Our Artistic ReStore Customers

In celebration of FestivALL 2017 we are presenting a few of our favorite art redesigns by ReStore customers!

Charly Hamilton made these crazy ladies from old wood diverted from a house deconstruction to the ReStore.

This piece by Mark Tobin Moore was on display at The Clay Center. Mark, a long-time ReStore shopper, picked up most of the materials for his installation at our ReStore.

Jack Rife used hardware from the ReStore to complete this thought-provoking sculpture.

“New Orleans” and “Same Old Song” are collages Mark Tobin Moore created on old cabinet doors.

The beautiful work of Chris Dutch is contained within this retail fixture purchased at the ReStore. “Crystal Lattice” was on display at The Clay Center.

"Chillin with Dog" by Bob Fisher

Popular artist Bob Fisher is a member of the Charleston Art Group that meets every Tuesday in our community center. His work contains many intricate part that he often procures at the ReStore.

“Navigator” by Mark Tobin Moore is full of ReStore treasures!

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The process of recreating art by adding new elements was coined “redirecting” by Canadian artist David Irvine. The pop culture twists that Irvine puts on tired old thrift store art is the inspiration for the ReStore’s annual art show: Double Take.

Watch our short video to learn more about ReStore’s Double Take Art Show.

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Adrienne Galloway shows off her redirected art that won the 2015 Double Take Art Show at the ReStore.

"Believe" by Beth Kerns

Another crowd favorite from Double Take 2015  was Beth Kern’s “Believe.”

Click here to view all the 2015 redirected art.

“Bookworm” by Brenda Pinnell received the most votes and won Double Take 2016.

Another crowd favorite from Double Take 2016 was Shawn Means’ “Americanization.”

Learn more about ReStore’s commitment to the arts here.

Insider Information ***RESTORE***

Insider Information ***RESTORE***

Think you know everything there is to know about the ReStore?

Read on for a little insider information that only ReStore staff and volunteers know.

Insider Information: Purchased Product

Purchasing product to sale is a practice that some ReStores have adopted in an effort to increase funds raised for their Habitat for Humanity. The Internal Revenue Service says that 501 (c)(3) nonprofits can remain exempt from income tax as long as “substantially all” of the items being sold are donated. Legal experts usually interpret this to mean no more than 15% of gross sales should be from purchased product.

At the ReStores of Habitat for Humanity of Kanawha & Putnam (every Habitat is independent and locally operated), only 7% of our sales come from purchased product. We stock small purchased items like toilet rings, caulking and paint brushes to accompany the sale of our donated products, making it easier for our customers to buy what they need to complete a home improvement project.

Every once in a while, we purchase an order of discontinued merchandise from a liquidating company. Did you notice all the BLUE-TAG furniture at the front of the Charleston ReStore? This was a one-time purchase. We mark the items 50% of the retail price. That means the ReStore usually has a 25% markup on the purchased product we sale. Retailers usually have 50-250% and some times more.

Insider Information: Inventory Levels

Because the vast majority of our merchandise is donated by people like you, we never know what will be dropped off from one day to the next. It’s very exciting, but not knowing what’s coming makes it hard to organize a big store. We use a few different techniques to manage inventory levels of our donated product.

If we suddenly have too many doors to fit into our door racks, we run a 25% off door sale. The excitement these departmental promotions create is usually enough to get the category back to a manageable level in a week or two.

We also use our e-newsletter coupons to control inventory levels. One of the best examples of this strategy is our FREE CHAIR coupon. We are fortunate to have hundreds of great business donors that donate thousands of office chairs throughout the year. But sometimes we have chairs coming out of our ears, and that’s when we send our customers that very special coupon.

 Sign up here for our e-newsletter so you can get great coupons too!

Insider Information: Sales Goals

The ReStore has sales goals and we strive to achieve our goals every day. This requires hours of planning, back-breaking work, a positive attitude, and a special kind of resilience that those who works with the public must maintain.

Before we can raise money for Habitat for Humanity, we must cover the expense of owning and maintaining a big facility and all the additional operational expenses that come with running a store (supplies, payroll, equipment, etc).

We work hard to meet our sales goal because at the beginning of every year we make a commitment. We essentially promise Habitat for Humanity of Kanawha and Putnam that we will generate a certain amount of money to go toward the construction of Habitat for Humanity homes. This is an important commitment that Habitat for Humanity uses to plan the number of houses they can build in the upcoming year.

Each number represents a family.

ReStore Funds Habitat Houses

After a home buyer is chosen by the Habitat for Humanity Homeowner Selection Committee, they enter into a year-long program of sweat equity, homeowner education, and financial training. Along with private donations and mortgage payment from earlier houses, ReStore proceeds make the construction possible.

Building a house is expensive and if we fail to deliver on our committee our partners will suffer.

This year, along with years past, the ReStore is keeping its commitment. Our loyal and generous donors are keeping our shelves full and our shoppers are keeping the cash register ringing.

Thank you!

ReStore Funds Habitat Houses

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