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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

How to Make a Business Donation to Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity ReStore

Posted by Jared Laabs on Oct 20, 2021 10:00:00 AM

Has your business ever changed locations, had extra inventory or building materials left over from a project, or needed to open up space in your warehouse but you didn’t know what to do? Thankfully, all you have to do is ask and Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity ReStore can help you.

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Topics: ReStore, Donate, 2021

You helped create, preserve, and promote homeownership (2020-2021 annual report)

Posted by Jared Laabs on Oct 14, 2021 9:54:59 AM

When you shop, donate, or volunteer at ReStore, you're not just helping Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity you're creating the transformational power of homeownership for families in your community. See all you've helped accomplish in our latest annual report!

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Topics: News, 2021

Have a seat! Refresh an old chair with these simple steps

Posted by Jared Laabs on Sep 8, 2021 9:43:09 AM

Guest blog by Rae Fleming, an independent blogger and DIYer in Minnesota.

Let's have a seat, rest, and catch up! It's been a busy summer for me: moving my folks to town, keeping up with baseball schedules, running to hockey clinics, a working teenager, starting a new job, and raising two teenagers. Even with everything going on, I'm thrilled to have partnered with Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity ReStore again on this SUPER easy DIY project! Nothing is quite as easy as reupholstering a simple chair, so I'm hoping you give it a try.

Keep reading to see the steps I took to make the transformation with a $5 chair found at the ReStore in New Brighton.

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Topics: DIY, Upcycle, 2021

Tips for Tiling [VIDEO]

Posted by Jared Laabs on Aug 26, 2021 9:13:41 AM

ReStore Manager Jan Hagerman shared some tiling tips and encouragement to start your own project on a recent DIY Friday segment on WCCO. It can be scary, but jump into a small tiling job and build up to a larger project.

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Topics: DIY, DIY Friday, 2021

Robin Henrichsen new Director of ReStore

Posted by Jared Laabs on Aug 20, 2021 9:44:56 AM

We're excited to announce that Robin Henrichsen is the new Director of ReStore Operations for Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity! Robin will lead the strategy, business development, and operations for the ReStore Home Improvement Outlets located in the Twin Cities metro area.

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Topics: ReStore Staff, 2021

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