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Procurement of Style: Maybe you noticed the mysterious little blue tags on items that read “Procurement” while shopping at Ourtowns Re...

Friday, September 9, 2016

ReStore ReClaimed & RePurposed


Procurement of Style:

Maybe you noticed the mysterious little blue tags on items that read “Procurement” while shopping at Ourtowns ReStore? Or perhaps, you are looking for some repurposing DIY ideas for these wonder items filled with untapped design potential? You are in luck because the mystery of the blue tag is to be revealed in this DIY before and after “Procured Products”.

Meet Don Oaks, Procurement Specialist for Ourtowns ReStores that is the on hand, in the field liaison for local brick and mortar businesses and institutions that would like to make donations of goods and/or commodities to the Ourtowns ReStore locations. Whether moving office locations, upgrading/updating, or have excess inventory, Don will meet on location with business owners and office managers to identify, catalogue and coordinate with the ReStores for donations to be picked up. Procurement is a quick, efficient and economical process of eliminating nonessential/surplus office equipment and furnishings while simultaneously providing support to the Habitat for Humanity ReStores’ mission to bring people together to build homes, communities and hope.
In other words, in addition to gently used/new items, Don is the guy that gets a lot of the fabulous, funky, eclectic, retro and vintage desks, filing cabinets, bookshelves and more that you may find at ReStore.
These are some of our very favorite things to revitalize, modernize, repurpose and share:
Metal Blueprint filing Cabinet:
They're big, bulky, full of drawers and come in a variety of dull metal office equipment shades of color and unless you have an abundance of blueprints to file, you might think they are pretty useless at first glance. But this is an item you definitely don’t want to bypass because hidden beneath it's professional exterior is a fun and one of a kind industrial coffee table perfect for stashing away all sorts of things inside.
With a fresh coat if paint, addition of casters, creative utilization of metal HVAC duct, and in less than a days time, this project was complete and ready for it's new life in someone's home. 
Here are some more examples of other repurposed blueprint cabinet coffee tables created in a variety of styles and finishes perfect for any interior design.


Don’t stop there, check out more of our procurement B&A’s:



Are you a business or office manager interested in speaking with Don Oaks to learn more about our Procurement process?
Learn more about Ourtowns Habitat ReStores at:




*DIY Before and Afters courtesy of Andrea Hartley vendor #35 Rumor Mill Market Davidson,NC