7 Thrifting Tips!

Thrift shopping is a great way to find quality and unique one of a kind pieces at an affordable price! Finding preloved treasures is not only eco-friendly, but it’s also easy on your wallet.

To help you get the most out of your next thrift-shopping trip, here are 7 tips that will have you thrifting like a champ!

  1. Become a frequent shopper! Thrift stores, like the ReStore, are constantly receiving new donations which means that their inventory is also changing on a daily basis. Make stopping by your favourite thrift stores a regular occurrence so you don’t miss out on one-of-a-kind items for a steal of a deal!
  2. Dig! Don’t be afraid to get your hands a little dirty. Investigate every nook and cranny. Sometimes the best items are hiding at the bottom of a bin or hidden behind a stack of items.
  3. Make a list! Sometimes when you’re thrift shopping it can take a while to find what you are looking for. Put together a list of items and dimension requirements so you can remember your must-haves!
  4. Get creative! Sometimes you find a piece that has spectacular bones to it, like a hutch with incredible wood working detail but has some nicks and paint chips. Don’t let these little imperfections scare you away. With some time, elbow grease, a new coat of paint or wood staining, the hutch could be transformed into a breathtaking piece.
  5. Learn what you can and can’t fix. While it’s important to get creative and reimagine how you can repurpose items, it’s also important to know your DIY limits. Staining a wood table or spray painting knobs might be more your speed than reupholstering a large couch.
  6. Make new friends. Once you’ve found a thrift store that fits your style and budget, it pays to be friendly to the staff. Not only can they help you while you’re shopping, but they can also let you know when new product is coming in and will sometimes event put aside pieces that they know you will love.
  7. Social media. Don’t have time to become a frequent shopper? Don’t worry! Many stores now have social media channels that are dedicated to sharing new in store products. Sit back and follow your favourite thrift stores from the comfort of your home. But be prepared to either call to hold items by or rushing down to the store to grab the item before it’s gone!

Becoming an avid thrift shopper and seeing the potential of pieces can take some time. But once you start stepping into the stores on a regular basis and letting your creative mind flow, you will be surprised with the items you find and how much money you save!

5 Must-know Spring Cleaning Tips and Tricks

It’s our favourite time of the year, spring cleaning season! Whether you are renovating your kitchen, upgrading appliances or furniture, or cleaning out your garage, spring is the perfect time to declutter and freshen up your home.

Spring cleaning can seem like a daunting task, but we promise it can be enjoyable.

1.Put on your favourite playlist or podcast and gather your cleaning supplies!

Spring cleaning can also be me made more enjoyable by playing your favourite music or podcast. Before you get into the cleaning rhythm, gather all of your supplies, such as rubber gloves, cleaning products, bucket, rags, vacuum, mop. etc.

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Furniture and Appliance Disposal 101

When doing home renovations or updating home décor, many individuals simply don’t know what to do with the household items they are replacing. While you could take your previously loved items to your local dump, it’s not the environmentally friendly option.

Before you head to your local dump to dispose of your unwanted items, we hope that you will consider one of the following ecofriendly disposable options.

Donate items to Habitat for Humanity ReStore

The ReStore accepts home décor, large appliances, furniture, lighting, building materials, and more! Proceeds from the ReStore are in turn used to help Habitat for Humanity Southern Alberta families build strength and stability.

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How to Save Money Over the Holidays in Calgary

The holiday season is meant to be a time of gift-giving and celebration with family and friends. But for big-city dwellers, it sometimes seems more like an obligatory season of anxiety as we rush to get our shopping done in time and on budget.

Don’t let holiday stress leave you feeling frazzled this year: Try out these tips for saving money over the holiday season in Calgary. Continue reading

How to make sure your summer furniture shopping isn’t a bummer for your bank account

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Warmer months have rolled around and you just finished up your spring cleaning OR maybe you’re too busy enjoying the weather to worry about what’s piled up in the storage closet.

Either way, there’s no better time to look into some new furniture or décor for your home. Because, if you’re going to be lifting furniture, you might as well do it at a time of year when you won’t get frostbite in the process.

Here are a few ways you can keep the costs low while shopping for your home this summer:

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3 Tips for Green Living in Calgary

There are many benefits to going green. By choosing to live a more sustainable lifestyle, you can help minimize waste, preserve natural resources, support the local economy, and reduce your own cost of living. Here are three tips for going green in Calgary.

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Spring Cleaning; ReStore Your Home

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Donate your unwanted furniture, appliances, leftover building materials, etc. free pick-up is available

Give your home a fresh look with our thousands new and gently used goods- and for a great price!

2018 is off to a great start! As we approach spring and get ready for the warmer weather, especially after the last few weeks of snow, now is the best time to start thinking about spring cleaning.

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How to get the most out of
Black Friday

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And end up very happy with your purchases

Black Friday is one of the most exciting days to buy the things you’ve been dreaming about. It can be even better if you have a strategy in place with a shopping list, budget and itinerary. And you can avoid post-shopping regret.

We all want to scoop up the best deals on products before everything sells out, but there are ways of making the most of the opportunities that Black Friday presents.

Here are four effective strategies to ensure you have a successful and exciting Black Friday. Continue reading

3 Ways ReStore Can Make Your Halloween Epic

3 ways ReStore can make your Halloween epic

Growing up in small-town Alberta, trick or treating, door-to-door, has brought some of my fondest memories.

My friends and I would gather our pillowcases, put on our costumes (overtop our snow gear, this is Canada after all), and head out for an evening of ghouls, superheroes, and candy.

The best part of Halloween is not the candy, it’s coming up to a house that is truly terrifying, and building up the courage to begin the adventure towards the ultimate childhood loot- CANDY!

The house with the most elaborate Halloween décor and the yard that invoked shivers and Goosebumps made the talk of the evening.

Here are 3 ways that ReStore can make your Halloween Epic. Continue reading

Donating to Habitat ReStore Can Help Your Business

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Rocky Mountain Industrial, The Garage Store, and Creative Storage Innovations LTD are one of many companies that decided to support Habitat for Humanity Southern Alberta and their ReStore through donations. Continue reading