Taking discarded items and giving them new life.

The RT Store gets its own spotlight this weekend as a show feature at the KC Remodel + Garden Show.

The RT Store, and its parent organization Rebuilding Together Kansas City (RTKC), challenged 10 local craftsmen and artisans, to upcycle items from the RT Store. “Upcycle” is a term that refers to transforming a used item, which some people might think of as junk, into something with value and purpose.

Rebuilding Together KC’s booth in the American Royal Center will display and sell these upcycled gems. You can see what they’ve created and think about what items you own that could be upcycled and repurposed! Volunteers will also be on hand to tell the story of neighbors helping neighbors — by volunteering to repair their homes.

The KC Remodel + Garden Show will be open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $10 at the door; get a $3 discount by using the promo code REBUILDING when buying online at www.kcremodelandgarden.com.

This week, while supplies last, the RT Store will give away a KC Remodel + Garden Show ticket with each purchase.

RT Store

The RT Store is a home improvement thrift store dedicated to recycling, reusing, and re-purposing housing materials. The store accepts donations of new and used materials, and encourages anyone to purchase from the store. Inventory includes modern and vintage building materials, cleaning supplies, tools, hardware, lighting, plumbing fixtures & appliances, as well as some architectural salvage and furniture. As an organization based on green principles, the RT Store enjoys fostering efforts to recycle, reuse, and repurpose housing materials.

All proceeds support RTKC community service programs, providing sustainable revenue, as-well-as much needed equipment, supplies, and materials for home repairs and safety modification projects to improve the homes and lives of our neighbors in need.

The RT Store is located at 1908 Plumbers Way, #300, Liberty, Missouri 64068. Open to the public, hours are Monday-Friday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm, and Saturday 9:00 am – 12:00 noon.

Rebuilding Together Kansas City

Rebuilding Together Kansas City’s aim is to eliminate unsafe and deplorable homes in the KC Northland. In doing so, our neighbors are able to stay in their homes and avoid homelessness. Seniors are enabled to age in place and to live longer, better lives, said Stacie Bratcher, development director.

“With the help of over 400 volunteers, what we do is basically go in and make costly repairs for low cost or no cost,” she said.

The organization will have information at the KC Remodel + Garden Show on its approach to tackling homes needing repair, as well as the benefits of safety modifications for seniors, and other community needs and opportunities.

“Partnering with the remodel and garden show is a great way to spread our mission and gain volunteers,” said Clay McQuerry, executive director of Rebuilding Together KC. “We get to meet so many members of the community.

“More than 20,000 people come to the KC Remodel + Garden Show, and we can share about the critical needs in our community — people living without heat or with holes in their floor or ceiling. These are important stories that many people haven’t heard.”

McQuerry said Rebuilding Together KC had an economic impact of $239,582 last year. Since 2001, 5,859 volunteers have repaired 770 homes for a total market value of $2,296,890.