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The ReStoration Corner

Jared Laabs

Jared Laabs
Jared Laabs is the Marketing Coordinator at Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity. He loves ReStore because of all of the unique and everchanging items available. He believes creativity can solve any problem and the community in and around ReStore and Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity is living proof.

Recent Posts

Get ready for great weather with this upcycled planting station

Posted by Jared Laabs on Apr 9, 2021 9:25:22 AM

Guest blog by Rae Fleming, an independent blogger and DIY-er in Minnesota.

I love to garden, but I hate rummaging around the garage for my supplies. Pots here, soil there, tools everywhere! I wanted to create a station to park my tools and supplies that was easily, but discreetly accessible. Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity ReStore was the perfect place for inspiration. Enter the secretary desk. Two of my favorite things collide: writing and gardening! My partner in crime, Maria, was more than happy to explore the aisles of the ReStore for embellishments and adventure!

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Topics: DIY, Upcycle, 2021

Here's how you can make Earth Month last all year long

Posted by Jared Laabs on Apr 1, 2021 8:42:25 AM

Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity is well known for its mission of bringing people together to create, preserve, and promote affordable homeownership and advancing racial equity in housing. But you might be surprised to learn how shopping and donating to ReStore home improvement outlets help divert 3 million pounds of refuse from being thrown in landfills.

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Topics: Green Initiatives, 2021

Expert design advice when preparing to sell your home

Posted by Jared Laabs on Mar 30, 2021 8:31:56 AM

Guest blog by Jill O'Gorman, owner and designer of Ravishing Rooms

Jill O'Gorman realized she had a creative side and unknown talents in decorating and design while in college. Pursuing a Psychology degree, she added a year of design courses and obtained her real estate license. With over a decade of experience as a designer and home staging, we wanted to learn more about what you should do before selling your home to get the best price.

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Topics: Tips and Tricks, 2021

Transform your living room for under $500

Posted by Jared Laabs on Jan 11, 2021 11:05:32 AM

Visit a big box retailer to find a couch or table and you'll be lucky to get one item under $500. Home furnishings can be expensive! Well, we have some design inspiration that shows the power of furnishings found at ReStore. We took ONE trip to our Minneapolis location and took photos of items on the show floor so we could virtually design a living room. Check it out!

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Topics: Tips and Tricks, DIY, 2020

New hours of operation

Posted by Jared Laabs on Nov 30, 2020 2:04:18 PM

Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity ReStore is adjusting its hours of operation effective immediately. Early birds now get to sleep in!

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Topics: 2020, News

What is it like to donate to ReStore?

Posted by Jared Laabs on Nov 20, 2020 11:20:26 AM

Don't take our word for it. Read what local business and individual donors had to say about their experience requesting a pick up for their donation to Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity ReStore home improvement outlets.

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Topics: Donate, 2020

Paint like a pro—with Amazon Paint [VIDEO]

Posted by Jared Laabs on Nov 12, 2020 8:37:38 AM

Paint is probably the easiest way to make a big transformation in any room, exterior, or DIY project. You can now easily make that transformation using Amazon Paint, which is available at ReStore. We have some pro tips to help you tackle that next project on a budget.

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Topics: Tips and Tricks, Videos, DIY, 2020

Take your garage back

Posted by Jared Laabs on Nov 6, 2020 9:51:35 AM

Over the last nine months or so, you might have tackled some remodel or home improvement projects. Or perhaps you were one of the million people who bought up all of the bicycles? Well, winter is approaching and it's time clean, organize, and donate items to get your garage back in order. Wouldn't you like to park your car inside again?

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Topics: Tips and Tricks, Donate, 2020

How to prepare your items for donation

Posted by Jared Laabs on Oct 29, 2020 2:47:22 PM

ReStore hours may change due to weather, COVID-19 and/or holidays. Please be sure to check our website before making a trip to shop or donate.

You've got some items to donate, and you know where you're going to donate them. Now what?

For some donations, it's as easy as throwing the items into a box or bag and dropping them off. But it's always a good idea to take a few simple steps to make sure your donation is in good condition before dropping it off or scheduling a pick up.

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Topics: Tips and Tricks, Donate, 2020

Meet Trish, winner of the Workspace Upcycle Challenge!

Posted by Jared Laabs on Oct 16, 2020 2:59:29 PM

When we announced the Workspace Upcycle Challenge last month, we thought we had a winning idea. People were working from home a lot more, school was starting up again and many children were distance learning and needed a workspace too. The goal was simple. Upgrade your workspace no matter what or where it might be. Trish submitted photos of her entry, and as you can see, she's the real winner (of a brand new workspace)!

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Topics: Upcycle, 2020