ReStore ReUse Contest opens Aug. 1

ReStore ReUse Contest winner
Gary Burns won Best in Show in 2019's ReStore ReUse Contest. Photo courtesy of Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity

Press release from the Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity:

For the ninth consecutive year, the Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity ReStore is encouraging residents to show off their creativity and talent for a chance to win in the ReStore ReUse Contest. Home or work space renovation, furniture transformation, or a homesteading addition…if you recently took on a DIY project like this using predominantly reused building materials, the Habitat ReStore wants to know. Also included is a Youth Category for the young DIYers of Asheville. The contest runs August 1 to September 30, and entries must be submitted electronically. Guidelines and entry form are available on

The purpose of this annual contest is to showcase innovative building and DIY projects constructed predominantly of reused building materials. A large number of ReStore shoppers purchase items intended to be repurposed or reused in unique and creative ways; the ReStore Reuse contest is a great way to showcase their projects and inspire others to reuse, recycle and repurpose usable materials.

The creativity of the surrounding community never ceases to amaze, and the diversity of projects submitted each year is what makes the ReUse contest so fun. Past projects have included a fence fashioned from doors, a potting bench built from pallets, a chair crafted from an oil drum, a bench made from a bedframe, and so much more. To see photos from the 2019 contest, click here.

Five judges will select winners in the following categories: Furniture, Homesteading, Live and/or Work Space, Home Décor, Youth (16 and under), Best in Show, and new this year – Art. Winners will be announced in mid-October.

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