The ReStore Furniture Flip Returns!

The ReStore Furniture Flip Returns!

I’m excited to once again be helping behind the scenes of the Bend Area Habitat ReStore’s Furniture Flip. This the second year for the fledgling fund-raiser, which benefits the Bend Area Habitat and its efforts to provide affordable home-ownership to low-income residents of Bend.

The goal of the event is to challenge local artists and designers to take furniture and household goods that others have discarded – – the ReStore’s stock-in-trade — and transform them into unique artworks and furniture pieces worthy of anyone’s home. Those creations are then offered for sale (via live auction this year) in a fun, festive environment that also serves as a community-wide reminder of the ReStore’s ongoing commitment to “Reduce, Reuse and Recycle.” (It’s no coincidence that the Furniture Flip auction event on April 23 coincides with Earth Day weekend.)

But I’m getting ahead of myself. Back in February, the ReStore invited local artists and designers to participate in the Flip and showcase their DIY skills by creating between one and three pieces to be sold at the Flip event. The rules were straightforward: “Take something that might have been destined for the dump and give it a new life.”

Seventeen designers/teams signed on to take the challenge. The group assembled in late March to review the rules, shop the store and learn this year’s three themes.

2016 Bend Area Habitat ReStore Furniture Flip reviews the rules with Flip participants.

Bend Area Habitat Sales and Marketing Manager Paige Shull explains the details of the Furniture Flip to the designers.


Here’s an overview of the themes:

  • Inside Out: Transform items originally intended for use indoors into furniture or décor (or perhaps a party game?) that’s ideal for a backyard patio, entertaining space or garden.
  • Bright Ideas: Rethink lighting -– whether by revamping a light fixture, transforming lighting components into furniture/décor or creating a light fixture from found objects.
  • What was It? : Truly unleash your creativity by re-imagining something so completely that we won’t know what it was in its previous life.

2016 Bend Area Habitat ReStore Furniture Flip

In the spirit of reduce, reuse, and recycle, participating designers were instructed to use no more than 20 percent of new materials per item they design. They would have one month to complete their works. To help with some of the more complex projects, DIYcave co-owner Aaron Leis announced that all participants would have free access for the duration of the challenge to all DIY resources (sweet!).

2016 Bend Area Habitat ReStore Furniture Flip

DIYcave co-owner Aaron Leis discussing his outfit’s generous offer to provide shop space and know-how to Flip participants.


Each designer/design team was awarded a $25 ReStore gift card per item with which to shop (they’re also welcome to shop at the area’s other resale outposts); then they were given an hour on the spot to see what they could find…


2016 Bend Area Habitat ReStore Furniture Flip

Flip designers scour the bins of the ReStore’s Receiving Room.


2016 Bend Area Habitat ReStore Furniture Flip

Jeffrey Smith and Sally Ragsdale-Smith inspect the lumber options at ReStore.


2016 Bend Area Habitat ReStore Furniture Flip

Larry Heath and Corie Ball ponder lighting options.


2016 Bend Area Habitat ReStore Furniture Flip

A Stomach Design team member with one of her finds.



2016 Bend Area Habitat ReStore Furniture Flip

Danielle Sullivan gets a closer look at the ReStore’s hardware wall.


2016 Bend Area Habitat ReStore Furniture Flip

ReStore Director of Retail Operations Sophie Paez transports a Flip designer’s finds to the checkout.


At the April 23rd Flip auction event, which will take place from 7-9 pm at the Bend ReStore, all of the artists’ creations will be on display and available for purchase. The designers will also vie for six different awards (all but one of which is chosen by a panel of judges; there’s also a People’s Choice Award). Award winners will be announced at 9 pm.

To add to the festivities, Shred Town’s food truck will be on hand in the ReStore parking lot; beverages are being provided by Cascade Lakes Brewery, Humm Kombucha and Dutch Bros. coffee. Bring a mug or

Tickets to the event are $5 per person. They’re available at the Bend Area Habitat ReStore, 224 NE Thurston Ave., (you can also buy 5 for $20 there) or online. Proceeds benefit Bend Area Habitat for Humanity projects.

To find out more about the Furniture Flip, visit the Furniture Flip website or call the Bend ReStore at 541-312-6709.


About the Author
Lisa Broadwater, GRI, CDPE, is a Central Oregon-based real estate professional who specializes in listing and selling homes, especially in Sisters, Tumalo, Bend and Redmond.



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