Tonawanda News — Goodwill is hosting a do-it-yourself event Saturday at its Tonawanda store to kick off a new initiative that aims to reach out to a niche of crafty customers.
"Goodwill has always been a part of the reuse, and repurpose and recycle movement. Now it seems that it is trending, we wanted to introduce people to our mission in a different way and inspire them to find things within the store that they can repurpose," Goodwill Marketing Director Linda Maraszek said.
The event, “DIY-ing for Goodwill," runs from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the store, located at 3177 Eggert Road in the Town of Tonawanda. Local artisans associated with the Buffalo DYI organization will be at the event to demonstrate how they reuse old objects, and Amy's Food Truck will be parked outside.
"Buffalo DIY has done many local events in the community, especially in Buffalo, and they have gotten a following," Maraszek said. "We approached them and said we wanted to do something for this week, which is Goodwill week, and we picked the Tonawanda store because it has plenty of parking and visibility from the street."
The demonstrations include work by Wrafterbuilt, a custom carpentry and design studio that builds furniture with reclaimed materials. Sylvatica, which creates custom-made terrariums using repurposed glass from Goodwill, will also be at the event.
"And we'll have LS Metals, which makes items out of silver," Maraszek said. "She takes pieces of silverware and bends them into rings, wind chimes and a bunch of other items."
The event also celebrates Goodwill's new partnership with a local Buffalo blogger, Jessica Wangelin, who specializes in do-it-yourself projects and home improvement. Wangelin, who will be a guest at Saturday's event, has been blogging about her own crafts and work on her 114-year-old upper west side home for five years.