By Tim Kowols
The popularity of turning the old into new is directly benefiting thrift shops and resale stores like the Door County Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore. Known as upcycling, consumers buy older items and give them new life as either a refinished product or something completely different. Door County Habitat for Humanity Executive Director David Van Dyke says he first noticed the trend last year when it hosted its Reclaim for a Cause event, where items from its Restore were repurposed than auctioned off to benefit the organization.
Van Dyke says not only is the trend helping support Door County Habitat for Humanity’s mission to help provide affordable housing in the area, the ReStore is keeping hundreds of tons of items out of landfills. The organization is allowing people to pick out pieces for free to repurpose for their rebranded Door County Vintage Home and Garden Fair to take place September 1.
Picture from ReStore’s Facebook page of Claire Wick’s piece from last year’s Reclaim for a Cause event.