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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

And the Earth Day Upcycle Challenge Winners are...

Posted by Jared Laabs on Apr 22, 2019 11:59:40 AM

Amazing! We are blown away by all of the creativity and upcycling expertise in all of the entries for the Earth Day Upcycle Challenge! Many chairs were transformed into something totally new, were given a new purpose, and some were even brought back to life. The essence of ReStore and Earth Day has definitely been captured in this competition! Congratulation to all who participated!

Without further ado, here are the winners!

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Topics: DIY, 2019, Upcycle

Celebrate Earth Day with a Big Sale

Posted by Jared Laabs on Apr 12, 2019 9:45:40 AM

No holiday better aligns with the mission of Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity ReStore than Earth Day. So it only makes sense to have a huge sale to celebrate Earth Day!

During the Earth Day Sale, you'll receive 30% off your entire purchase (excluding Amazon Paint) on Saturday, April 20, 2019 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. This will be one of our best sales yet, with discounts, doorbusters, and more!

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Topics: Shopping Tips, Sales, 2019

An Interview with Jan Hagerman [VIDEO part 3]

Posted by Jared Laabs on Mar 19, 2019 10:08:25 AM

We asked Jan about what it's like working at Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity ReStore, who the typical shopper is, and what projects she is currently working on. Get some DIY inspiration and visit Jan at the ReStore!

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Topics: ReStore Staff, 2019

Announcing the Earth Day Upcycle Challenge—give a chair some flair

Posted by Jared Laabs on Mar 11, 2019 11:32:34 AM

In honor of Earth Day coming up next month, and ReStore outlets commitment to recycling and reusing items, we're hosting our first-ever Earth Day Upcycle Challenge at our stores—and we want YOU to join in!

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Topics: DIY, 2019

ReStore’s Earth Saving Purpose—Diverting from Landfills

Posted by Jared Laabs on Mar 8, 2019 2:00:00 PM

You may already know about Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity and how it provides affordable housing to local families. But you might be surprised how shopping and supporting ReStore home improvement outlets help divert over 2.2 million pounds of refuse from being thrown in landfills.

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Topics: Green Initiatives, 2019

An Interview with Jan Hagerman [VIDEO part 2]

Posted by Jared Laabs on Feb 20, 2019 10:03:00 AM

We continued our conversation with Jan Hagerman, New Brighton ReStore Assistant Manager, and asked her what advice she has for someone new to upcycling or taking on a DIY project. She also gives several reasons "why" she transforms everyday items into something new.

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Topics: ReStore Staff, 2019

An Interview with Jan Hagerman [VIDEO part 1]

Posted by Jared Laabs on Feb 8, 2019 12:01:00 PM

We sat down with Jan Hagerman, New Brighton ReStore Assistant Manager, and asked her about who inspires her to DIY, and how she became involved with WCCO. Jan is a great advocate of upcycling, re-purposing, and bringing awareness to the the mission of Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity.

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Topics: ReStore Staff, 2019

Vita Huset (white house) family transforming a ReStoration

Posted by Jared Laabs on Jan 30, 2019 1:52:00 PM

 

Earlier in January, a mother-daughter duo invited the ReStore team for a tour and luncheon at their recently “ReStored” home. Lovingly named “Vita Huset,” which means “white house” in Swedish, Marie (mom) and Kari (daughter) spent countless hours hunting, buying, building, and transforming a home in Corcoran. With a little help from their handyman Ray and items from ReStore, estate sales, and other second-hand sales, they beautifully brought this old 1956 home back to life!

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Topics: DIY, Remodel, 2019

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: Donate, Remodel, 2018

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: Videos, DIY, 2018