There’s a new reason for you to stop into Habitat for Humanity Lakeside’s ReStores in Sheboygan and Plymouth, and no, it’s not because of the handsome store managers. It’s because the ReStores are now providing you with creative ideas of how to reuse, repurpose and upcycle the new and used building materials, furniture, and other great merchandise that can be found every day in the ReStores.
These ideas have been made possible by the use of one of the newer online social media sites, Pinterest. If you aren’t familiar with Pinterest, it is a virtual pinboard. Pinterest lets users organize and share all the beautiful things you find on the web. People use pinboards to plan their weddings, decorate their homes, and organize their favorite recipes.
Best of all, you can browse pinboards created by other people and organizations. Browsing pinboards is a fun way to discover new things and get inspiration from people who share your interests. The ReStores have been scouring the internet and other “Pinners” pinboards for creative reusing, repurposing, and upcycling ideas so that you will never look at a lamp shade, pallet, or dresser drawer the same ever again.
Why put the time into providing people with other ways of using building materials in the ReStore? Simple, it’s all to further the tri-fold mission of Habitat for Humanity Lakeside’s ReStores.
The first part of the ReStore’s mission is to provide homeowners with discounted building materials so that they can improve their own homes, thus also improving our community. Who says that homes can’t look good with donated merchandise!
Second, the ReStore has an environmental mission of diverting building materials from the landfill. Giving customers a whole new outlook on what they can do with a particular item in the ReStore saves that item from eventually being discarded. Even obsolete items can be given a new life. Repurposing and upcycling items fits into the Reduce, Reuse, Recycle triangle, specifically reduce and reuse by reducing consumption for new materials and reusing existing materials beyond their original intended use.
Third, is to provide funds for the construction of new Habitat Homes. How can you feel guilty buying things in the ReStore when you know that every penny spent supports Habitat for Humanity Lakeside’s vision and mission?
If you, or someone you know is creative and resourceful, chances are that one of your projects could end up on our ReStore’s HFHL ReStore Customer Project’s Page! Let us know if you are interested.