I arrived at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore on Saturday morning in the pouring rain, so the planned outside set-up for my work was definitely not going to happen. After years of being bullied by the weather at outdoor markets, craft fairs and art shows I was very content with the contingency plan of setting up inside the warm dry store with the big vat-o-coffee and great abundance of brownies.
It was a great pleasure to meet Myrna and the welcoming staff and have the leisure of setting up my masks here and there throughout the store.
The masks were right at home alongside the building materials, fittings, hardware supplies and other miscellaneous items that can be found at the ReStore.
After setting up, it wasn't long before I was rooting through bins like a kid in a candy store and making a little pile of things to take home myself!
While the rain continued to keep the hoards away, I contented myself, tinkering with an old typewriter that I was determined to take home with me, and which Myrna ended up giving to me as gift for coming to the store--I couldn't be happier! More and more people appeared as the day moved along, and despite the rain I talked to a lot of interesting folks and lots of drop-offs were made to the E-waste site. BTW, I believe that both ReStore's in Ottawa are now accepting E-waste for recycling on a regular basis (check their website).
I was also pleased to meet Stone Sculptor, Uwe Foehring, who is on Staff and also is the creator of the towering e-waste sculpture outside the store.
Thanks again to Myrna for the invite. I met some great people, found a new source for art materials, oh ya, I sold some artwork as well!