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Volunteers Make a Big Difference

Volunteers Make a Big Difference

This interesting piece of original art was recently donated to the Teays Valley ReStore, and it brought back many good memories.

1886  The National Carbon Company was founded

1917  Union Carbide Co. merged with National Carbon Co. to form Union Carbide and Carbon Corporation

2001  Dow Chemical Company acquired Union Carbide

When The Dow Chemical Company acquired Union Carbide in 2001, many of the Carbide engineers retired early. In their new-found free time, a large contingent of retires started volunteering on Habitat for Humanity job sites building homes.

The leaders among these volunteers formed the Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday Crews:  groups of dedicated volunteers that worked on the job site on their assigned day every week.

Tuesday Crew

 

Wednesday Crew

 

Thursday Crew

 

Through the years, these volunteers have built many Habitat for Humanity homes for people in need of affordable housing in Kanawha and Putnam counties.

Many members of the original crews are going strong and attended Habitat for Humanity’s Volunteer Luncheon on December 11th in the Homeowner Education & Community Center.

We love and appreciate all our volunteers, but we have a special place in our hearts for the crews.

You can volunteer too! Click here for more information.

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

Again this year, four local participants will be challenged to design and assemble their own tablescape. The local businesses nominated to participate in this year’s TableScape Championship will be announced by the end of the year. Stay tuned!

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

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.

 

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.

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.

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