5 Dual-Purpose DIYs for Your College Dwelling

Bunk beds. Bulky desks. No room to store ANYTHING. Welcome back to college life!

Whether you live in a dorm or an apartment, space is often tight when you’re in college. Finding places to store everything can be a challenge. But it doesn’t have to be.

Check out these five DIY projects that provide you with a functional furniture piece AND a place to store your stuff. You’ll find all the affordable materials you need to build them at ReStore. And now when you stop by, you’ll receive anextra 10% off your purchase when you show us your college ID!

1. DIY Rolling Ottoman

If you enjoy building things from scratch, you’ll love this project. Just pick up some wood, hardware and stain from ReStore and create this simple rolling ottoman! It’s the perfect place to rest your feet while lounging—and store those extra books and snacks.​

2. DIY Magazine End Table

Whether you’re into Cosmo or Sports Illustrated, this rolling magazine end table is a multi-functional place to store magazines AND set your coffee mug while you write last-minute essays at 3 a.m. You can build one from scratch, or save time by using pallets from ReStore!

3. DIY Coffee Table

If your dorm room or apartment has a little more room for living room furniture, consider creating this storage coffee table out of an old door from ReStore. It’s big enough to store larger items like blankets and pillows, while your textbooks will make themselves at home on top.

4. DIY Desk Divider

When you’re living in a dorm, there’s not much privacy involved. This clever desk divider can help. It’s created from a simple yet sturdy bookshelf—something you can find at ReStore. It provides you with extra privacy, and you’ll also get extra space to store your books and supplies!

5. DIY Drawer Shelves

Who knew salvaged drawers could be a lifesaver? Pick some up at ReStore, then paint and stack them to create drawer shelves (you could even mount them on your walls). Fill them with your favorite picture frames, plants and more. When it’s time to move out, use them as boxes!

Don’t forget to stop by ReStore for 10% off your DIY materials when you show us your college ID!

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Habitat for Humanity ReStore is located at 210 11th Street North in Moorhead, Minnesota. Our hours are 10:00 am – 6:00 pm Tuesday through Friday and 10:00 am – 4:00 pm Saturday. Visit us online at lakeagassizhabitat.org, or find us on Facebook under Lake Agassiz Habitat ReStore.

5 Kid-Approved (And Affordable) DIY Projects

5 Kid Approved (And Affordable) DIY Projects

Looking for something to keep the kids busy on this holiday break? Is your wallet looking a bit empty after all of those Christmas gift purchases?  Try a family DIY project! With a little spare time, creativity and Christmas magic, you can turn something old into something brand new. Create awesome DIY gifts with your kids that they’ll love to play with all year. And the best part? You can find most of the supplies you’ll need for an affordable price at ReStore.

LEGO Table

If your kids love to use their imaginations while playing with LEGOs, give them an inspiring space to both build and store their collection with a LEGO table. All it takes is an old table, a good paint job and some LEGO-friendly accessories!

Diner Playset

If you’ve got an old cabinet, it doesn’t take much to turn it into a brand new diner playset! With a kitchen on one side and a drive-up window on the other, it’ll provide hours of playtime for the kids and their friends.

Drawer Dollhouse

This adorable DIY dollhouse allows for lots of creativity—and all you need are a couple of old dresser drawers. Put the empty drawers together to create the house, then paint, decorate and it’s ready to be played with.

Kids’ Workbench

This project is perfect for all the little builders in your family. Create this kids’ workbench with an old end table and some pegboard. It’s a great place for your kids to play with their toy tools and help you with your next DIY project!

Play Vanity

A play vanity makes a great gift for an aspiring barber or stylist. You can either choose to build it yourself or make one out of an old desk. Add a mirror, some storage bins for all the supplies your kids need, and they’ll be ready for their first customer.

Habitat for Humanity ReStore is located at 210 11th Street North in Moorhead, Minnesota. Our hours are 10:00 am – 6:00 pm Tuesday through Friday and 10:00 am – 4:00 pm Saturday. Visit us online at lakeagassizhabitat.org, or find us on Facebook under Lake Agassiz Habitat ReStore.

4th Annual Cruisin’ for Habitat

By Kim Ouren, Contributing Writer

On Saturday, October 11th, the Cruisin’ fun began at Sickies Garage with a group of 36 people and 11 classic cars cruising to the Silver Prairie Saloon in McLeod, ND for lunch. During lunch, the participants played BINGO and Sickies t-shirts were given as raffle prizes.

Over $3500 was raised to support Lake Agassiz Habitat for Humanity!!

A special thank you to our event sponsors:Gate City Bank, Corey’s Customs and Collision, Rusco Window, Advanced Autobody & Glass, United Electric Service & Supply, Inc., Sickies Garage, Silver Prairie Saloon and Sandy’s Donuts.

Get your classic car ready and join us for next year’s cruise in the fall of 2015!

Veteran’s Build

By Amber Zolondek, Contributing Writer

With Veteran’s Day passing and we honor those who have served our country, I decided to do some research on our nation’s heroes. Sadly, what I found was heart wrenching. Nearly 1 million veterans who own homes are severely cost burdened, despite having access to VA loans and other assistance. That is a number too large for those who have risked their lives for our freedom.

In response to these staggering numbers, Habitat for Humanity launched Veterans Build, a national initiative to provide housing solutions and volunteer and employment opportunities to U.S. veterans, military service members and their families. Home Builders Care of Fargo-Moorhead Foundation, a local partner, kicked off Veterans Build with its first build on June 3rd of this year. Veteran Sonia Greer and her daughter, Madison, were our first home recipients. As a past volunteer for Habitat for Humanity, Greer had made connections and volunteered for other home builds while she served as a communication/navigational specialist and technical order data assistant at Beale Air Force Base in California.

What most people forget is that for programs like Veterans Build to work, Habitat for Humanity relies on the community and local businesses to give back. On average, a Habitat home costs around $132,000. Local businesses like lumberyards, carpenters, painters, and other Fargo-Moorhead civilians donate supplies and time in order for us to be as cost effective and community driven as possible. However, if you don’t have supplies or times to donate, one could always donate funds so that our veterans can be supplied with home to come back to.

That means if just 917 people of Fargo-Moorhead gave $12 a month to Habitat, we’d have enough funds to build a home for a well-deserving veteran. We’re slowly but surely getting to as many as we can, but according to the census, there are roughly 14,000 veterans in the Cass Clay Area, meaning we have some work to do!

Please help Habitat for Humanity build these houses for our veterans, they’ve given us a free country, let’s give them a home.

To learn more about the national Habitat for Humanity Veteran Build Program, check out http://www.habitat.org/getinv/volunteer_programs/veterans.aspx

To learn more about Lake Agassiz’s Veteran Build Program, stay tuned for recent updates on our Facebook and Twitter

Something for Everyone: Volunteering with ReStore

Volunteering at Lake Agassiz Habitat for Humanity ReStore is a great way to give back to your community while doing work that makes a difference. The ReStore helps divert materials away from area landfills, gives people access to affordable household items and raises money for area Habitat builds that provide housing for families in need. If this sounds like something you’d love to be a part of, check out the various volunteering opportunities below to pick the best fit for you.

Are you handy with tools?

If you’re the handy type, we’d love your help fixing up some of the donations we receive to get them ready for their next home. Not a fixer-upper? Then you might be interested in tear-down projects with our deconstruction crews who uninstall cabinets, windows, doors and other household items to salvage them for sale at the ReStore

Are you a crafty DIYer?

If you’re a Pinterest fanatic or someone with an eye for repurposing, the ReStore could use your expertise. Some of the gently used materials donated to the ReStore get refinished and repurposed for resale, and we’re always looking for people who enjoy a crafty project.

Are you a people person?

The ReStore aims to provide its customers with affordable, gently used household items while providing quality customer service, and our volunteers are a big part of that process. If you enjoy helping people, ask us about opportunities volunteering at the front desk, where you’ll greet customers, ring up purchases and answer ReStore phone calls.

Are you a social butterfly?

The more the merrier. Bring a friend or a group to volunteer with you and make an event out of your ReStore volunteering experience. Groups can volunteer to help clean the store, sort donations, organize the sales floor and much more.

No matter what you’re interested in, call the ReStore at 218-284-5253 to set up the volunteering opportunity that will be the best fit for you. Wherever you decide to give your time, your help will make a big impact on the ReStore and an even bigger impact on your community

A Home To Be Proud Of

A Home To Be Proud Of

By Amanda Wurtz, HFH PR Committee

A safer neighborhood and a deeper sense of home. Those are just a couple of ways that life has improved for Habitat for Humanity homeowner Coreen Graham and her children, Raquel, 14 and Austin, 19.

“Moving here was amazing,” said Coreen, who has lived in the north Moorhead home with her children since 2008. “I feel proud of where I live.”

Coreen’s last home was a 1970s trailer with two bedrooms and one bathroom. It had character. Electrical issues meant they couldn’t have more than two appliances operating at once or the walls would heat up and smell like dead fish. Space issues meant that family members and friends weren’t able to stay overnight. Concerns of neighborhood safety and being near highly traveled Highway 10 meant her children were restricted in the areas where they could play and ride their bikes. And the list went on.

“I didn’t have friends over very often because other people’s homes were nicer,” added Raquel.

While the monthly trailer fees were affordable and she was able to save money, Coreen felt completely stuck with her housing situation. “I wanted something better but I didn’t think I could do it.”

In 2007, she contacted a bank and was pre-approved for a home loan. But, every home that she looked at within the loan approval range didn’t put her in a much better spot than the trailer. Even the one that she was ready to put an offer on would have meant that she would have to go on food assistance to make ends meet.

That’s when she decided to pursue applying for a Habitat for Humanity home as her sister Danette had recommended. That fall, she filled out the application thoroughly and continued through the interview and home visit steps.

In early 2008, Coreen learned that she was chosen as a partner family for the upcoming build season. She was volunteering at the Habitat ReStore that day and couldn’t contain her emotions. She hugged Habitat volunteer Mary Jane Haugen and ran home to tell a friend who danced around the room with her. The announcements to friends and family continued to be met with tears of joy and shouts of happiness. “I put together Bob the Builder bags tool kits and put a simple message of ‘I got it’ in the bags,” Coreen recalls. “I left the bags at people’s houses or had another person give it to them and the reactions were incredible.”

She quickly embraced her sweat equity hour requirements and volunteered more than 500 hours that year, well above the 250 hour minimum. “I took vacation during the Blitz Build week and when I wasn’t working, my kids and I were putting in volunteer hours with Habitat for Humanity.”

Gratitude filled her heart and out-poured in her actions towards volunteers and donors. “I wrote individual thank you notes and also made gift baskets for some of the crew leaders,” Coreen said.

Soon, the home was completed and the dedication was underway. This is the place that they call home and feel secure in their living space. The neighborhood is safe and the families in the area look out for one another, explained Coreen. “We’re all like one big family.”

The smile on her face doesn’t go away as she describes so many ways her life has changed since the day she moved into the simple, affordable 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom home.

For years, Coreen and Raquel were sharing a room and now they each get their own. They have two bathrooms which is more accommodating for the family and guests. Birthday and holiday parties are more comfortable because the living space has doubled. Family members are able to stay over on occasion.

And, when Coreen learned that her Dad had stage 4 lung cancer, she had the space to care for him in her house. “To do this, Raquel and I had to share a room again for a couple of months, but it was worth it to have that time with him before he passed away.”

Other things have improved for Coreen as well. The new home location placed the children on the bus route to St. Joseph Catholic School. “The bus didn’t stop near our trailer and when I worked early mornings at McDonald’s, I had the kids stay over at my Mom’s house to bring them to school.”

She’s now working for Clay County in the Social Services Department and the days of juggling two jobs and working weekends are behind her. “I have a regular work schedule,” said Coreen. “Being home means so much. This place is home.”

Although Coreen knew little about Habitat for Humanity when she applied for her home, she has become a strong supporter of the mission. She’s even served on the Family Selection Committee in recent years. “Anytime they call me to help with something, I am there if I am available. There is no way I can pay them back for what they did for me and my family.”

If you’d like to help a family like the Grahams change their lives for generations to come, please consider a donation to Lake Agassiz Habitat for Humanity. DONATE TODAY!  You can also text Home50 to 41444 to donate.

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ReStore Committee Spotlight, Preston Johnson

We at Lake Agassiz Habitat are fortunate to have so many amazing volunteers! Our ReStore committee helps raise and maintain the community awareness of ReStore and spread the word on the benefits of utilizing the store. The members play an integral role in Habitat’s growth and are responsible for sharing Lake Agassiz Habitat ReStore’s values, mission and goals with the people living in Cass and Clay counties. Meet Preston Johnson!

Preston Johnson, Sundog, Writer


How long have you been on the ReStore Committee?

I joined the Restore Committee in 2011.

Why are you involved?

I helped get the ReStore’s current building ready for opening as part of a volunteer project in college. After I graduated, I stayed involved by joining the committee.

What’s your role in the committee?

I spend most of my time on the team contributing to our team’s marketing and advertising activities for the ReStore.

ReStore Committee Spotlight

We at Lake Agassiz Habitat are fortunate to have so many amazing volunteers! Our ReStore committee helps raise and maintain the community awareness of ReStore and spread the word on the benefits of utilizing the store. The members play an integral role in Habitat’s growth and are responsible for sharing Lake Agassiz Habitat ReStore’s values, mission and goals with the people living in Cass and Clay counties.

Shelby Cochran, DogIDs.com

How long have you been on the ReStore Committee?

Since 2012.

Why are you involved?
I really enjoyed working with this committee while I served at LAHFH ReStore and wanted to continue helping out where I could. ReStore has a great mission that I love sharing with new people!

What’s your role in the committee?
Mostly I use project management experience in coordinating our committee’s projects as well as communication in networking with others for projects. Having that year of working full time with Habitat, I also have a lot of expertise as far as what the ReStore has done in the past and what I learned in my experience that I can apply to our projects.

4 Ways to Turn Spring Cleaning Trash into Treasure

What’s your favorite thing about spring? The warm, sunny weather? The green grass and blooming flowers? The piles of junk on the curbside?

It’s the time of year for spring cleaning, and everyone’s throwing out their old furniture, appliances and more. But what if you could turn those trashed items into treasure?

With a few supplies and a little DIY effort, it’s possible to turn that junk into something completely new and functional—while keeping it out of the landfill. Whether you’re scoping out the sidewalks for something to revamp or ready to repurpose something of your own, give one of these spring upcycling projects a try.

1.    If you have an old couch

For a cozy place to enjoy the warmer weather, turn your discarded couch into a cozy outdoor daybed. All it takes is an old sofa, recycled wood and some elbow grease.

 2.    If you have an unused refrigerator

Spring is a great time to throw the first backyard barbecue of the season. Keep your drinks cold by turning your old refrigerator into an ice chest with just a friend and some lumber.


3.    If you have an empty dresser


To get your garden growing, turn your old, abandoned dresser into a potting bench. With
some handiwork and paint, it’s the perfect storage space for your pots, seeds, soil and tools.





4.    If you have a discarded headboard

Swing into spring with a unique piece of furniture for your front porch. Turn your unused headboard into a porch swing with the help of a few other upcycled materials, some pillows and paint.





Remember, if you have any usable furniture, appliances or home improvement items that you aren’t ready to repurpose, donate them to ReStore! Your donations are tax-deductible and we can do all the heavy lifting for free—just give us a call at 218-284-5253 ext. 3 to schedule a pick-up.

Habitat for Humanity ReStore is located at 210 11th Street North in Moorhead, Minnesota. Our hours are 10:00 am – 6:00 pm Monday through Friday and 10:00 am – 4:00 pm Saturday. Visit us online at lakeagassizhabitat.org.

This CleanUp Week – Make A Difference with Habitat ReStore

Have you started your spring cleaning? If you are a resident of the Fargo-Moorhead area, you are likely getting ready for Fargo-Moorhead’s Cleanup Week, held this year on May 5-9. Every year, residents of Dilworth, Moorhead, Fargo, and West Fargo have this week to dispose of tires, appliances, and other large items at no charge on their regular garbage collection day.



This CleanUp Week, there’s a great opportunity to get rid of unwanted items in an environmentally sustainable way that also supports the local community.  Consider donating your new and used building materials, and furniture to Habitat ReStore and receiving a tax deduction! Habitat ReStore even accepts donations on materials that can’t be disposed of during Cleanup week.

Habitat ReStore is a home improvement thrift store that has a three-fold mission: to divert usable materials from area landfills, to offer a low cost option for shoppers doing home improvement projects, and to raise money to support Habitat for Humanity.  By giving their donations another life, Habitat ReStore is able to divert almost 500 tons of materials from area landfills annually!  All proceeds from Habitat ReStore support Lake Agassiz Habitat for Humanity as they build simple, decent, and affordable homes in partnership with families in Cass and Clay counties.

Cleanup Week Rules

Each city has their own specifications, which can be found on the Cleanup Week website. 

1. Separate items of the same type into distinct piles (tires, appliances, furniture, brush, household garbage, etc.). Separate trucks collect the items.

2. Place garbage in disposable containers, except for oversized items.

3. Items will be collected on your normal garbage pickup day. Do not set items out more than one day early.

4. Crews will not return to pick up garbage set out too late.

5. Remove refrigerator and freezer doors. Do not place food or any other waste inside appliances.

 6. Items must be from residences; no commercial waste will be accepted. Keep household garbage at least four feet away from other Cleanup Week items.

If you have home improvement materials that are in usable condition or are not accepted by the city, consider supporting your community and the environment by donating to Habitat ReStore and getting a tax deduction!

Drop Off: Bring your donation to Habitat ReStore, 210 11th Street North, Moorhead during store hours, which are 10-6 Mon – Fri and 10-4 Saturday.

Pick Up: Call (218) 359-0812 to schedule a FREE donation pick-up.

For a list of accepted donations, please visit our webpage