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Photo by Gord Bowes

Photo by Gord Bowes

Barbara and John Hamilton look over the items for sale at Community Living Hamilton’s The ReMakerie, located inside the Drop N Shop store at the Kilbride transfer station.

‘Upcycling’ store a hit with customers

By Gord Bowes, News staff

The unique repurposed items were flying off the shelf during Monday’s launch of the new specialty shop inside Community Living Hamilton’s thrift store inside the city’s Mountain transfer station and recycling centre.
“They’re beautiful,” said Barbara Hamilton, who bought several things, including a bird bath built around a fancy dinner plate and a reconditioned and decorated end table.
The store-within-a-store, dubbed The ReMakerie, takes up a small section of Community Living’s Drop N Shop store at the transfer station on Kilbride Road.
The brightly coloured and unique goods are made by clients with the help of staff, says Jennifer Krawczyk, director of operations at Community Living Hamilton. Items are taken from the store shelves and “upcycled,” or given a new look and purpose.
Vinyl music albums that might never sell are turned into fancy food bowls, tea cups and saucers are transformed into bird feeders, and old end tables become dog beds. Many items for sale range in cost from $10 to $60.
Community Living Hamilton is a not-for-profit organization and registered charity that offers a full range of services to people with an intellectual disability.
Working for the ReMakerie helps individuals with skill development, says Krawczyk.
Money from the store goes back into Community Living programming and services.
“Everything we do, we’re trying to better lives,” says Krawczyk.
The Drop N Shop store is located at 37 Kilbride Rd., between Nebo and Upper Ottawa.

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