Reclaim It ‘Flip-Off’ raises over $8,000

Last Saturday evening, Reclaim It sponsored an auction to raise funds for the upcycled and repurposed furniture store located in downtown Tiffin. Nearly 100 people participated in the evening’s event, which included a silent auction from noon until 8 p.m., a wine and beer reception 6-7 p.m. and a live auction 7-9 p.m.

The creativity people displayed in reinventing their flip-off pieces was only outdone by their generosity at the Auction. We are so very grateful to all those who participated.

The auction included 23 silent auction items and 12 live auction items. Items included an auto-themed table and chairs rebuilt by Tiffin Ford Lincoln, a marble vanity made out of an old stereo cabinet by Zeis Construction, a painting of sunflowers by local young artist Dominic Consolo and a bar made from an upright piano by Bryce Kuhn and Cody Myers, just to name a few.

Katie Pinkston’s wooden ladder light feature took the Peoples’ Choice Award, a rolling table mini-bar created by Sutton Bank raised the most money — nearly $800 — and Chuck and Denise Putsch’s Taffy Cooking Pot won the Most Transformed Award due to the creativity of the story and the respect for the original item.

The group of young men and women who transformed our store and mid section received the Murray Carley Award for 2018 as a profound transformation award. Alex Hill, Shawn Daniel, Joe Stickley, Jonah Nye and Alex Kelbley, all part of the Skills USA Team 2017/2018 from Sentinel, Katie Pinkston, Claudia Riedy, Ross Pauly and Monica Klepper rounded out the team. Their talent, creativity and hard work has created something so beautiful it transcended a space into a heartbeat of the mission.

The auction was conducted in association with the Seneca County Home Builders Association and was at the Heminger Center at Tiffin University during the Seneca County Homebuilders Show. Proceeds will help Reclaim It purchase woodworking equipment and power tools necessary to refurbish donated pieces of furniture and for camps conducted by the Reclaim It Youth Board.

Reclaim It’s mission is to give a voice to our youth to create lasting solutions to the issues they face and inspiring the hope that they have the power to enact those changes. Reclaim It is a non-profit organization. Donations are tax deductible. Check with your accountant on proper filing. For more information, go to our Facebook page: Reclaim it 127.

Karen Klepper,

store owner