ReStore’s DIY workshops require ‘just … a little imagination’

By Kevin Spradlin

ROCKINGHAM — Walt Disney would be proud.

The man who envisioned Disney World could step back and see a bigger picture — a blank canvas, if you will, that was anything but. That’s what Trey Robbins and a host of artistic volunteers have in mind when hosting the DIY — Do It Yourself — Workshop at each month at the Habitat ReStore retail shop in Rockingham.

At 6 p.m. Monday in the Lowe’s Shopping Center, artist Mindy Schwartz will lead a group of nearly 20 people in a jewelry-making session. It’s the local store’s third DIY session. A November 2014 class focused on bow ties, as in Christmas Habitatbows, and a February workshop featured upholstery repair and reinvention.

Scarlett Rucker led the bow tie class and Hazel Seibler was the ReStore’s repurpose specialist. Seibler, Robbins said, is very good at “picking the things that no one else buys and turns it into something extraordinary.”

People like her, Rucker and Schwartz are more than willing to share their experiences — and people want to learn. The April 27 session is full — 18 people already are registered and willing to pay the requested $10 donation. The number exceeds Robbins’ expectations.

“If I get 15, I’m gonna be ecstatic about that,” said Robbins, the ReStore manager.

Each session lasts up to 45 minutes but they take place on Monday evenings, when the store is closed. Robbins said that allows them to take advantage of special sales during an exclusive shopping period.

ReStore in Rockingham includes approximately 6,500 square feet of showroom space. The store sells donated items. Proceeds, then are allocated to the ReStore’s Repair and new-home construction. The Habitat for Humanity of the NC Sandhills plans to break ground on a new home build in Richmond County this summer. Volunteer teams for framing duties are being registered now for work that is scheduled to begin in September.

ReStore isn’t for everyone. Robbins knows that.

“A lot pf people don’t see the value in something used,” he said.

But that leaves options wide open for those that do. There are used furniture experts who “pick up something cheap, do a little work to it (and) have something nice.”

For more information call the ReStore at 910-817-9576.


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