Earth Week with Habitat for Humanity

Apr 19, 2019 | Business Topics, Furniture FAQs and Tips | 1 comment

Habitat for Humanity restore caln

On Wednesday, I had the pleasure of visiting my local Habitat for Humanity ReStore. Now I’ve been there before hunting for painting projects and staging items, so this was not my first trip. This particular visit was special because I met with their team to collaborate in celebrating Earth Day this year!

Earth day 2019

Habitat for Humanity ReStores sell quality new and used items to fundraise efforts to build affordable housing in their communities. They sell everything from furniture, housewares and soft furnishings to cabinetry, building materials and appliances.

All of these items that are either donated or picked up are saved from going in the trash and winding up in landfills. Often they can be repurposed or refinished and loved another 10 years or more!

To help demonstrate how easy this is to do, I’ll be hosting a free milk paint demonstration at the Caln ReStore in Coatesville on Friday, April 26th at 10:00 AM.

Picking out my pieces

Yesterday, I met Becki Lapotsky who is the Marketing Manager for Habitat for Humanity Chester County. Together, we perused all of the beautiful “pieces in waiting” that were on the sales floor and I chose two beautiful pieces to paint for my demonstration.

Along the way, I asked Becki to help me understand more about Habitat for Humanity in general and how ReStores fit into the equation. I broadcasted our shopping session live on Facebook. If you missed it, don’t worry! I saved the video and edited it into a more succinct version that you can watch below.

A great place to shop

If you’re in the market for a piece to refinish to resell, Habitat ReStores are fabulous places to shop. They sell their pieces for great prices (at least my local shop does), giving you plenty of room to make a profit.

These are also great places to donate your items you may not want anymore in your home, but they’re still usable and could bless someone else. It’s a win-win-win because you keep your items from winding up in a landfill, someone else gets use out of your item and the money goes towards building homes in your community.

Or, if you’re wanting to paint a piece you already own, but you’re not quite sure where to begin, ReStores are excellent places to find a practice piece. You can learn all the things and make your mistakes on a piece that’s not your grandmother’s antique hope chest!

earth week celebration

Even though I’ll be doing an event next Friday, there are plenty of exciting things happening at the ReStore Caln all Earth Week long! You can check out their Facebook page for more information.

They’re even doing a ReStore Redo Challenge! To enter, you can submit your before and after pictures of makeovers you’ve done to They’ll pick their top entries and post them at the ReStore. Customers will vote for their favorites and the winner will have a shopping spree in the Caln ReStore! You’ll have 1 minute to grab whatever you can plus two big-ticket items that might not fit in a cart. The winner will be announced on Saturday, April 27th at 5pm so if you want to enter, send your makeovers soon!

I hope you’ll be able to join me live in person next Friday. If you aren’t able, I’ll be taking photos of the pieces I’ll be working on and I’ll be sure to post them here on the blog. I also hope to be able to broadcast how things are going either on Facebook live or on Instagram. It’s hard for me to do both and stay focused on painting, but we’ll see how it goes!

How are you celebrating Earth Day this year? Leave me a comment!

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