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Upcycle Bootcamp to be held at Challenger Goodwill Retail & Donation Center

August 2, 2019
By MEGHAN BRADBURY (news@breezenewspapers.com) , Cape Coral Daily Breeze

The pubic is invited to join Renae Corvi for an Upcycling Bootcamp at the Challenger Goodwill Retail and Donation Center to learn how to transform something found at a thrift store to a one-of-a-kind masterpiece.

The Upcycling Bootcamp will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 7, at the Challenger Goodwill Retail and Donation Center, 4950 Challenger Blvd., Fort Myers. Although there is no fee for the class, a $10 donation is recommended to cover Corvi's time, as well as supplied materials.

Those interested in attending are asked to preregister by calling 239-652-1613, extension 2245, or at the Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida Upcycle Bootcamp Facebook event page to ensure there is enough material for everyone. Those who do not preregister can always watch and learn.

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PHOTO BY RENAE CORVI

An old drawer can be upcycled into a planter box.

Corvi said she has been upcycling since her 20s because she always wanted nice things, but either was on a budget, or could not find anything that she really liked. The hobby of upcycling began when she found a table at a yard sale and decided to redecorate it for her home.

"I thought I was doing it for fun," she said, which soon became projects for her friends and family.

After spending more than 30 years in the dental field, she decided to leave that career path two years ago and is now focusing on her passion of upcycling.

"I try to pick projects now that are family friendly and for any age group. I like to inspire," Corvi said, adding that the projects can include small items. "You don't have to spend a lot of money."

The upcoming bootcamp will focus on upcycling drawers.

"I get them thinking outside of the box. I bring in items and talk about how to look for items and upcycle and pair items together to make new items. I let them paint, so they get a feel for what I do," she said. "We have fun. Upcycling is great for everybody. We have a good time."

During the Upcycle Bootcamp, Corvi said they usually buy something at Goodwill, and she provides advice of what they can do with the purchase. Individuals, she said, can make one-of-a-kind items to add to their home dcor that is custom made.

One of the joys she takes away from doing the Upcycle Bootcamp is hearing from those who attended sharing what they have created.

Corvi said she enjoys upcycling because it helps out a lot of thrift stores, such as Goodwill, Kiwanis and Hope, who are all mission driven.

"I feel good about that because I like helping people. I'm helping other people," she said. "A lot of things I get have tags on them. People want new dcor, move, divorce or have health issues. They bring everything to Goodwill and it benefits a lot of people."

A few years ago, Corvi said she gave herself a challenge and helped a family with members going through health issues. It was a Goodwill Challenge of their home. She said they bought top notch items from Goodwill and redid two bedrooms, dining room and kitchen for $1,100.

"It would have been almost $10,000" new, she explained of the project.

 
 
 

 

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