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The ReStoration Corner

Jared Laabs

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

Best place to buy dorm furniture... ReStore!

Posted by Jared Laabs on Jul 28, 2021 8:24:52 AM

It's back to school season, and if you need to find some furnishings for yourself or someone headed to college, odds are you need some storage, cost effective furniture, maybe a bed frame, or some materials to make a sweet loft bed. Here comes ReStore to the rescue!

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Topics: Tips and Tricks, 2021, Project Ideas

Here are the winners of the Birdhouse Upcycle Challenge!

Posted by Jared Laabs on Jul 7, 2021 9:31:25 AM

We are amazed at the creativity and ingenuity of the entries in our Birdhouse Upcycle Challenge. Materials were old wood, metal, plastics, and the designs were modern to rustic. Thank you to all who contributed and shared your work with us. 

We asked everyone to vote for the best on social media, then took the top three to WCCO's studio so on-air anchors, Jason DeRusha and Heather Brown, could rank them first, second, and third place. Here are the results:

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Topics: ReStore, DIY, Upcycle, DIY Friday, 2021

Join the Birdhouse Upcycle Challenge

Posted by Jared Laabs on May 6, 2021 11:07:00 AM

We've had several upcycle challenges but are thrilled to announce that this next one is for the birds! Unleash your creativity and build a birdhouse using materials you already have or can find at ReStore. Not only will we be providing homes (for birds), but we're giving away some fantastic prizes to the top three winners!

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Topics: DIY, Upcycle, 2021

Get ready for great weather with this upcycled planting station

Posted by Jared Laabs on Apr 9, 2021 9:25:00 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 8:42:00 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 8:31:00 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 11:05:00 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: 2020, DIY, Tips and Tricks

New hours of operation

Posted by Jared Laabs on Nov 30, 2020 2:04:00 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 11:20:00 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: 2020, Donate

Paint like a pro—with Amazon Paint [VIDEO]

Posted by Jared Laabs on Nov 12, 2020 8:37:00 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: 2020, Videos, DIY, Tips and Tricks