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Habitat kicks off Upscale Resale Design Challenge

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- Today Habitat for Humanity and local designers partnered to kick-off Wilmington's first Upscale Resale Design Challenge. Designers began searching for the perfect pieces to create their spaces.

Women fought their way to get into Habitat for Humanity's ReStore to get their hands on some gently used items. It was all for a promotional video and a good cause as ReStore hosts the first upscale resale design challenge.

"It's not about about ReStore," store manager Amanda Rodriguez. "We're building homes in the community. All the money from the restore stays in our affiliate "

Designers have until the end of April to decorate a 10'x10' room.

All the furniture, accessories and art in the room must come from ReStore.

"I just want something eclectic and to find that unique piece that kind of repurpose and catch everyone's attention," designer Julie Glew said.

Not everyone has a vision just yet. Some were looking for a piece to catch their attention to add some pep to their step.

"I'm walking around trying to get inspired and decide exactly what sort of look I want to go for," designer Colby Saucier said.

But that might not be the best strategy based on the rules.

"If someone has their eye on a shelf and another designer has their eye on it, it's whoever gets there first and tags it," Rodriguez said.

When a designer sees something that catches their eye, they take a sold sticker, slap it on the item and then they have three days to haul their find away.

"We're still trying to figure out where we are going to prepare, where we are going to store everything, because most of us live in apartments," CFCC student designer Kendall Clary said.

All the money raised will go to build houses in the community.

Good Morning Carolina anchor and Randy to the Rescue host Randy Aldridge will host the unveiling April 25 at CFCC's Schwartz Center. On April 26 the public is welcome to come check out the displays and buy any of the pieces in the rooms.

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