As a salvage center,
gives new life to building materials otherwise destined for a landfill.
This year the Northside nonprofit is taking that mission into its annual ReUse-apalooza!
event, with its first time Designer Challenge
where people can turn Building Value materials into a new product.
Building Value describes ReUse-apalooza! as an "annual celebration of reusability and resource conservation." The Designer Challenge ties in by asking local creatives to make a functional and usable product out of materials at the organization's retail center. Participating designers will get a $100 credit for shopping at Building Value on Feb. 25, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. To register for a spot in the designer challenge, call 513-386-6823.
The outlet has a varied and ever changing supply of materials that come from donations and home deconstructions. Designers will have everything including the kitchen sink to work with. Building Value products range from bathroom fixtures and antique lumber to undermount kitchen sinks and vinyl windows. Everything sells for up to 75 percent off retail.
"We realize that reuse has a lot of different faces, and our customers are doing different things with it," said Building Value Communications Manager Lisa Doxsee.
Designers have several weeks to design and create their product ahead of the April 8 ReUse-apalooza! where the creations will be judged and put up for auction. There will be two winners: the design fetching the most auction money will be awarded "People's Choice," and a three-judge panel will crown the "Judge's Choice" winner.
The Designer Challenge co-chairs are Dan Korman, owner of Park + Vine, and Tina Dyehouse, Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. ReUse-apalooza! co-chairs are Warren Weber, of PNC Bank, and Rhiannon Hoeweler, of the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden.
Funds raised from the auction and ReUse-apalooza! tickets sales will go toward Building Value's parent organization, Easter Seals Work Resource Center, which trains people with disabilities and disadvantages.
Tickets are available online
in advance before April 6 for $15. Tickets can also be purchased for $20 at the door .
Writer: Feoshia Henderson
Source: Building Value Communications Manager Lisa Doxsee
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