Tickets now available for Habitat’s Upscale Resale

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Mary Jo Shipman, left, seen here at Habitat for Humanity ReStore manager Amanda Rodriguez, is one of a host of local designers competing in the nonprofit’s upcoming Upscale Resale Challenge. Photo by Hilary Snow.
Mary Jo Shipman, left, seen here at Habitat for Humanity ReStore manager Amanda Rodriguez, is one of a host of local designers competing in the nonprofit’s upcoming Upscale Resale Challenge. Photo by Hilary Snow.

Savvy shoppers will soon have another chance to get an inside look at some thrift shops finds–repurposed and reupholstered–during the second annual Upscale Resale Designer Challenge.

Tickets are now on sale for the event, which is a major fundraiser for Habitat for Humanity. It is held this year from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 2, at Cape Fear Community College’s Scwartz Center. A preview sale is set for 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, May 1. Admission to the general public sale is $5. The preview event, which includes hors d’oeuvres, wine and beer, is $35.

A host of local interior designers will each showcase a room decorated entirely with upcycled furniture, lighting, accessories and artwork purchased from Wilmington’s Habitat ReStores. Attendees can browse and even buy items featured in the showrooms.

But it’s also an opportunity to shop around for a stylist or get some new ideas for home-improvement projects.

“If you are looking for a designer, this will be a great way to see what kind of work people do. If you are a DIY-er, you’ll be able to look at some of the pieces we’ve done and adapt them for your home,” interior designer Mary Jo Shipman of Shipman Design Group, who participated in last year’s event, said.

All proceeds from the challenge will go directly to paying the overhead and salaries for Habitat Restores. That’s important to note, Ogden Restore manager Amanda Rodriguez said in an earlier interview, because that means all other donations made to the nonprofit affordable housing organization can go directly to building homes for those in need.

Habitat for Humanity helps people realize their dream of becoming homeowners through zero-interest loans and affordable mortgage payments. Volunteers, along with Habitat beneficiaries, build the homes.

Click here for more information or to purchase advance tickets. Tickets to the preview sale may also be purchased on the Save 30 Store at a 30 percent discount.

Hilary Snow is a reporter at Port City Daily. Reach her at (910) 772-6341 or hilary.s@hometownwilmington.com.