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The ReStoration Corner

Jared Laabs

Jared Laabs is the Marketing Coordinator at Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity. Prior to Twin Cities Habitat, Jared worked within Minnesota State for over 15 years in the Marketing department. Jared is energized by hearing personal stories of triumph and learning about the amazing people we serve in our community. He enjoys learning and trying new things, but has limits. No sky diving.

Recent Posts

Residents encourage new use for remodeled furnishings

Posted by Jared Laabs on Oct 29, 2018 11:48:07 AM

When it came time for the EagleCrest community in Roseville to embark on a remodel project, the residents wanted to make sure things didn’t get thrown away during construction. This would make for a perfect partnership between Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity ReStore and Presbyterian Homes, the parent company of EagleCrest.

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Topics: 2018, Donate, Remodel

Live on the edge with live edge: Jan stops by WCCO to show off some DIY projects [VIDEO]

Posted by Jared Laabs on Oct 19, 2018 8:00:00 AM

When you think of Friday, think DIY Friday. ReStore's own Jan Hagerman drops by the WCCO studio every couple of weeks to show off fun projects that you can create at home. You can find the building blocks to these ReStore-inspired projects at one of two Twin Cities locations.

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Topics: 2018, DIY, Videos

Thanks, but no thanks

Posted by Jared Laabs on Oct 1, 2018 2:30:12 PM

The success of Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity lies greatly on the generous donations from people like you. When it comes to our ReStore home improvement outlets, your things become currency and you can feel good about how your donation transforms into good. We want to make sure that good feeling doesn’t become a frustration when dropping-off your donation, so we've providing some tips and other helpful information.

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Topics: 2018, Donate

Upcycling ideas at the Minnesota State Fair

Posted by Jared Laabs on Aug 23, 2018 8:23:00 AM

If you're an "upcycler," you know exactly what that means. For those of you unfamiliar with the word "upcycle," it's a term used for the process of transforming something into a new product. It's really at the core of Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity ReStore and gee wiz, we have some fun upcycle projects to show you at this years Minnesota State Fair! Stop by the Eco Experience building on Friday, August 24, from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

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Topics: 2018, DIY

Try these creative outdoor lighting ideas

Posted by Jared Laabs on Jun 30, 2018 8:41:00 AM

Summer is officially here and the fun is just beginning. Fire up the grill, invite some friends and family over, and enjoy the outdoors! There is no better place to "wow" your guests than the outdoors. Try these easy and fun DIY projects that will set your lawn or garden apart from everyone else.

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Topics: 2018, DIY

We’re Hiring

Posted by Jared Laabs on May 9, 2018 1:03:02 PM

Come join the fun, and collaborative team here at Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity ReStore! We’re currently hiring a full-time, and part-time ReStore Sales Associate. These positions require quality service to customers and offers an active and busy work environment. To learn more about the positions, and for a full job description, please visit tchabitat.org/careers.

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Topics: 2018, ReStore Staff

Big Donation after the Big Game

Posted by Jared Laabs on Feb 10, 2018 8:14:00 AM

The big football game is over and a million people recently left the Twin Cities to go back home. Just think about all of the planning, buying, and money spent to accommodate that amount of visitors for a weeks-worth of partying. Event centers, hotels and even outdoor spaces were flooded with fans. Have you ever wondered, what happens to the “leftovers?” We’re not talking about food, we’re talking about the other stuff.

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Topics: Donate

"Why Do You Volunteer at the ReStore?"

Posted by Jared Laabs on Feb 3, 2018 10:41:00 AM

The benefits of volunteering is often unmeasurable, but several organizations have shown there are many. According to the Corporation of National Community Service, there are many intangible benefits such as improving other peoples lives and strengthening the community. There have also been studies that suggest there are significant health benefits for those who volunteer. Here at the ReStore and Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity, volunteers and donors are a crucial part of fulfilling our mission of affordable housing. It's the hard work and dedication that truly strengthens our community.

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Topics: volunteers

Why Donate or Buy Cabinets at the ReStore

Posted by Jared Laabs on Jan 31, 2018 8:57:46 AM

Cabinet Donations

There are many things the ReStore is known for—lighting, furniture, appliances, doors, and windowsall at a discounted price. But the Twin Cities ReStore outlets have also become known for kitchen and bathroom cabinets. The ReStore receives and sells so many cabinets, that ReStore staff refer to it as their “bread and butter.” Entire kitchen cabinet sets are a regular item on the sales floor and provide a great deal of savings to remodelers. Just take a look at how many cabinets were donated or sold last year:

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Topics: Kitchen Cabinets, Donate

Prepare Yourself: Tips for the Annual 50% Sale

Posted by Jared Laabs on Jan 13, 2018 7:33:00 AM

The ReStore offers a variety of sales throughout the year, but by far the biggest sale would be the Annual 50% Off Everything Sale. Everything in the store is half off the sticker price! This ONE DAY sale traditionally held in late January at both of our ReStore outlet locations (New Brighton or Minneapolis). Sign-up for Hot Deals or VIP texts to receive all of our sale updates and exclusive offers.

Here are some tips to help you tackle the sale:

1.) Be an Early Bird

Each ReStore will open one hour early at 9am. If you're one of the first people to arrive, you'll be first to catch the deals. Make a list of things you may need for a current project or something you want to tackle in the future. If you can grab things now for a project down the road, that extra 50% off will stretch your renovation budget.

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Topics: Sales, Shopping Tips