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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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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

Garden ReDesigns by ReStore Customers

Garden ReDesigns by ReStore Customers

Get out in the garden!

Summer is almost here and our customers have been busy creating ReStore redesigns for their outdoor living space.

Garden ReDesign

Andi Thomas created this awesome bar/table from an old electrical spool. We love it!

Garden ReDesign

Bernice Deakins is so creative! Just look at these planters she created from old terracotta pipe.

Garden ReDesign

Donna Morgan Rose assembled dishes and dodads she found at the ReStore to create this birdfeeder.

Garden ReDesign

Can you tell what this beautiful arbor is made from? That’s right; Ellie Marshall used wood spindles to build this redesign.

Garden ReDesign

Garden ReDesign

John & Robin Grey used metal headboards ReStore received from a hotel remodel to build this lovely fence for their roses.

Garden ReDesign

Fairy gardens are so much fun! Just ask Laura Sullilvan. She made this one with a container and goodies she found at the ReStore.

Garden ReDesign

Just look at all the repurposed items in Mary Bradley’s garden bench!

Need your own garden bench? Check out this DIY article.

Garden ReDesign

With the help of some paint and a pallet, Pam King now has gorgeous flowers screening her unattractive heat pump.

Garden ReDesign

The beautiful screen door Randy Vanbibber found at the ReStore is the perfect addition to his cute-as-a-button garden shed!

Garden ReDesign

Ruth Ann Knabb turned an old chandelier into a unique hanging planter.

Click here for another idea for transforming old chandeliers into outdoor delights!

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.

Click here to make a secure, online donation...