Asheville Habitat ReStore announces winners of 2020 ReUse contest

Press release from Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity:

The Asheville Habitat ReStore is pleased to announce the winners of its ninth annual ReStore ReUse Contest. With over 70 contest entries, the judging panel had a tough job whittling the selections down to a handful of winners. This year saw the addition of a new category- Art, which brought in an impressive number of submissions. A full set of outdoor pallet furniture, driftwood lamps, multiple kitchens and chicken coops, mini libraries and galleries, all gave the judges a lot to chew on as they reviewed the many creative and clever projects made from predominantly reused materials.

Congratulations to the 2020 ReStore ReUse Contest winners!

Best in Show Sam Allison: restored and converted a garage built by his grandfather in 1944 into an art studio and guesthouse. 90% of the materials were reused and found from various sources. The overall conversion was impressive with both a complete exterior and interior renovation.

Furniture Jenny Ellis: completely restored a vintage kidney desk into a stylish and modern office statement piece.

Homesteading – Laurie Jenkins and Lisa McCurdy: converted an old table into an adorable roadside flower stand, complete with signage and shade covering.

Live/Work SpaceSavannah Wallin: built a complete salon workspace by restoring and converting an old dining buffet into a sink/work station and adding a salon chair purchased second hand.


Home DecorAngela Fox: used a pallet of leftover plank flooring purchased second hand to build a decorative bedroom wall.

Art Linda Pannullo: built a 7ft. totem pole bird house with reused materials including her old china and left over art supplies.

Youth Addie Birtch: created an artistic owl with a piece of old wood, screws, and some paint.

Photos of the winning entries can be viewed here, and photos of all submissions can be seen in this online photo album.

Entries were judged on quality of design and execution; replicability of concept; clarity of description; and quality of photos. Winners received a gift certificate to the Habitat ReStore.

The judging panel included:

Joel Johnson – Habitat’s Home Repair Manager

Susan Haynes – Store Manager, Weaverville ReStore

Gwendolyn Jones – Habitat homeowner

Wayne Ruth – past ReUse Contest winner

Victoria Hurd – Owner, Gotta Have It Antiques

About the Asheville Habitat ReStores
The ReStores in Asheville and Weaverville sell donated items to the public with proceeds helping to fund Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity’s building programs and covering administrative and fundraising expenses. Along with Habitat homeowner mortgage payments, the ReStore represents a sustainable funding source for the non-profit. The ReStore provides the community with a source for affordable home improvement items, diverts 2,100 tons of usable material from the landfill each year, and supports Habitat’s global work with the sale of Guatemalan coffee, tea and handicrafts. For more information, please call 828.254.6706 or visit

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