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Apr 12, 2013
Think Green with ReStore
Love a good deal? A good cause? A good time?
As part of Habitat for Humanity, ReStores are found throughout the country and support local building projects in an environmentally conscience way. The premise is simple but the results are big—if you are remodeling your home or just looking to get rid of some things you no longer use, you can donate them to a ReStore. Madison’s east and west locations accept most home goods—from light fixtures and appliances to tile and cabinetry. All purchases support Habitat for Humanity, and the proceeds fund three to four area homes each year.
Since the products are getting a new home, they stay out of the landfill, a key point in Saturday’s Earth Day celebration. This year, Truly Remarkable Loon and guitarist Richard Wiegel of The Midwesterners will offer on-site entertainment while vendors such as Sierra Club and Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) will be available to talk about greening up your life and home. Kids’ activities, including birdhouse building from donated materials, are also on the schedule.
And of course, there will be the opportunity to shop, too. ReStore bargains are great if you’re on a budget or looking for a DIY project with low investment. I once bought a chair for 50 cents! Yes, 50 cents. Plus, during the month of April, all items with yellow tags are an additional 25 percent off the regular price.
A few of my favorite Madison finds?
These Prairie style screen doors are a bargain at $300 and bring a Frank Lloyd Wright vibe to any property—just in time for summer!
An oval mirror marked at $15 can brighten and expand a space in no time. Not feeling the gold frame? A DIY paint job can make it personal in no time. Go edgy with a deep red or jet black.
This slim Danby wine cooler fits perfectly under a cabinet or in a corner, keeping bottles chilled and on hand. It’s available for the cool price of $340.
ReStore East’s Earth Day event takes place Saturday at 208 Cottage Grove Road from noon to 4 p.m. For more information, visit restoredane.org.