Tickets on sale now for Habitat’s third Upscale Resale event

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Designers will showcase their talents for turning thrift store finds into upcycled treasures during the two-day resale event. Photo courtesy Habitat for Humanity.
Designers will showcase their talents for turning thrift store finds into upcycled treasures during the two-day resale event. Photo courtesy Habitat for Humanity.

Savvy shoppers and DIY-ers rejoice – Habitat for Humanity’s third-annual Upscale Resale Designer Challenge is returning to downtown Wilmington next month.

Tickets are on sale now for the event, which features an array of unique reimagined, reupholstered and repurposed thrift shop finds. It’s set this year for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 12, at Cape Fear Community College’s Schwartz Center, 601 N. Front St. A VIP preview party is set for 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, March 11.

More than 20 local interior design teams will each showcase a room decorated entirely with upcycled furniture, lighting, accessories and artwork purchased from Wilmington’s Habitat ReStores. Attendees can browse and buy showroom items.

During Friday’s party judge Meg Caswell, former HGTV Design Star winner and owner of Fifth and Castle Design Shop in Wilmington, will help decide the winning designer vignettes.

The Upscale Resale is also an opportunity to shop around for a stylist or get some new ideas for home-improvement projects.

All proceeds from the challenge and sale will go directly toward 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.

Habitat is also seeking volunteers to help with event set-up, registration and clean-up, as well as to serve as bartenders, waiters and cashiers. Volunteers are needed beginning with set-up on Wednesday, March 9 through the close of the event on Saturday, March 12. Click here for a list of opportunities to help out.

Admission to the general public sale is $5. The preview event, which includes hors d’oeuvres, wine and beer, is $40 in advance ($45 at the door), and includes admission on Saturday. Tickets are available online or at the Habitat ReStore in Ogden, 7330 Market St.

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