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REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE!

Reduce!

Kids outgrow clothes before they wear them out. You have worn that sweater to three parties, time to get a new one. I’m downsizing and have extra furniture. I read that book about decluttering and now I have bags of unwanted stuff! What do you do with all this extra stuff?

Reuse!

Awesome donations come into DIBS! On Resale daily, we call them Blessings! Gently used clothing, household goods, and furniture. We sort, test, clean and put out the best for others to Reuse!

There are always people looking for something. Items are purchased to furnish that new apartment or fill that blank space on the wall. A piece of jewelry to complete any outfit. A unique item to complete a collection or to start a collection. Resale stores fill many needs.

Recycle!

Paul from MRM picks up goods

Once something has been out on the floor for a while and hasn’t sold we have to move it on. DIBS! On Resale has a partnership with Muskegon Rescue Mission. They stop by once a week to pick up what doesn’t sell. They will bail clothing and take shoes to be recycled and pay us a little for that. They also take hard goods to try to sell in their stores.

We collect metal and paper to recycle. Dave and Ken from the First CRC in Grand Haven will stop by every couple weeks to pick up metal and paper for recycling.

Dave & Ken
Gail

They have a huge recycling program at their church and work hard at keeping metals out of our landfill. Gail manages our housewares department. Her church has a kitchen pantry for families in need. She will take kitchen items that don’t sell for use in that mission. Bob will take our plastics to top off his recycle bin at home. All this is done to keep recyclables out of the landfill.

Bob

We still generate some disposable waste but I am happy to say we only have our dumpster emptied only once a month. That’s not too bad.

Drop off your donations at the BIG Blue Doors on the south side of DIBS! On Resale. Your donation is helping to generate funds to make our schools better.

Does This Work???

At DIBS! On Resale, we receive electrical donations of all sorts. “Does this work?” is a frequently asked question. We see beautiful and unusual lamps of all sizes, candle warmers and fountains. We get electronics from clocks to radios and kitchen gadgets galore. There are tools of all sorts to dry, cut and curl hair. Games, puzzles, and toys with all the bells and whistles. We test them all.

Look for the BLUE DOT 🧿

Our Team Tests Everything

Bob helps to keep all the gadgets and gizmos sorted. Rich cleans & keeps the cords under control. And Bruce liked the massage chair he tested so much he came back a bought it! If something does not work it will be used for parts or put into a bin to be recycled.

Once the item is tested and cleaned it is ready to be put out on the floor. When you decide to make a purchase look for the blue dot 🧿 to see that it was tested. AND we will happily plug it in for you if you want further proof.

Stop in at DIBS! On Resale. Check out the new products we put out every day!

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Profits from DIBS! On Resale benefit students at our local PK-12 West Michigan Christian Schools (WMCS) including Muskegon Christian (PK-6), Grand Haven Christian (PK-8), New Era Christian (PK-8) and Western Michigan Christian (7-12).

DIBS! GRAND OPENING: WMCS Prayer Blessing & Ribbon Cutting Event on Jan 17th at noon

DIBS! On Resale” Moved to 1279 E Apple Ave

The first time I walked into our new building I couldn’t even see the walls. The building was being used as an office furniture sales and storage building.  It was wall to wall, floor to ceiling office furniture!  Once that was all removed we could see the potential.  The first thing we needed was a new fire suppression system.  Next, we brought in shelving to divide the working rooms from the showroom, build two dressing rooms and hooked up the speaker system.

Finally. It’s moving day, or maybe I should say moving weeks.   We had many volunteers come in to help pack up the Harvey St store and move everything to the Apple Ave. store.  The whole time we kept both stores open for business.  I was most impressed with the amount of stuff the little yellow delivery truck holds! And with the enclosed trailer that came to move all the racks of clothing!

I feel truly blessed with so many volunteers who came to support this major undertaking!  We have been welcomed into a neighborhood with new customers and familiar faces.  Everyone is so excited and grateful for a store like ours to open in their neighborhood. And I am really glad the snow held off while all this was happening!

I am very excited to share with you the NEW DIBS! On Resale.

Watch the video to see the store transformation and read about the GRAND OPENING events below.

GRAND OPENING WEEK ~ January 14 – 19 2019

  • Join us on Thursday, Jan 17th  for our 5-School PRAYER BLESSING & RIBBON CUTTING EVENT ~ January 17 at noon. Come pray with all five principals from West Michigan Christian Schools and enjoy some cake to celebrate our Grand Opening!
  • Enter into our end of week drawing with each purchase.
  • Tuesdays are  Senior Days with 15% off.
  • We honor Veterans every day with 15% off.
  • Sign up for our weekly email (add me to the DIBS! list) and always know what is happening at the store.

DIBS! On Resale your NEIGHBORHOOD Resale store!

GOOD THINGS ARE HAPPENING AT DIBS!

Profits from DIBS! On Resale benefit students at our local PK-12 West Michigan Christian Schools (WMCS) including Muskegon Christian (PK-6), Grand Haven Christian (PK-8), New Era Christian (PK-8) and Western Michigan Christian (7-12).

GOOD THINGS ARE HAPPENING

Thanksgiving is here and I am so grateful for the wonderful volunteers and shoppers that help DIBS! On Resale support our local Christian Schools and community.   It is great to have a day set aside to be reminded of all our blessings.

SHOP SMALL SATURDAY

I have an invitation for you!  SHOP SMALL for Christmas.  DIBS! On Resale will have extended hours on Saturday November 24.  We have unique gift items you won’t find anywhere else.  Come in a find that perfect sweater for your Christmas party (ugly or not).  Are you  looking for a White Elephant gift? – we have them.

Our storage room is overflowing with Christmas!

All year long we store away the nicest Christmas decorations for holiday decorating.   It is always a surprise to open the boxes and see what is inside.  These last few weeks our elves have been busy bringing out beautiful, sparkly ornaments and setting up lovely trees.  We have colorful serving pieces, little houses, Christmas books and festive clothing.  Here is a taste of what we have available.

We would like to share one more blessing…

DIBS! On Resale is moving!

We are very excited to announce that on December First we will be handed the keys to our new building.  This is a BIG step for DIBS! On Resale. Having our own building will enable us to better serve the schools we support by fully utilizing our 501(c)3 status. Over the next two months we will be transitioning to the new building.  And we look forward to opening our doors to customers at 1279 E Apple Ave. in Muskegon  just 8 minutes from our current location.

Be sure to sign up to ADD ME TO THE DIBS! LIST on the right to receive our weekly email  and follow us on facebook.  We will keep everyone informed on how the transition is progressing.

GOOD THINGS ARE HAPPENING AT DIBS!

Profits from DIBS! On Resale benefit students at our local PK-12 West Michigan Christian Schools (WMCS) including Muskegon Christian (PK-6), Grand Haven Christian (PK-8), New Era Christian (PK-8) and Western Michigan Christian (7-12).

Time to Change

School has started and it is time to change

I will admit it,  I am reluctant to let summer go this year, but school has started and it is time to change.  Time to put away shorts and bring out sweaters.

We sort twice and put out the nicest items for our customers.

We have a great team at DIBS! On Resale who makes the switch happen.   All the clothing that comes into the store is sorted twice.  First Volunteers check buttons and zippers and look for stains and rips.  Next, each department goes through it again choosing the best clothing to put on hangers.  Every week new clothing is put out and for the last few weeks Fall clothing has been coming out of storage.  Beautiful sweaters, dresses, shirts and more.  Laura, Jennifer, Marie and Sadie along with many others keep the the racks fresh & full.

We carry clothing for everyone!

Men’s shirts are always a great buy and they are like new!  Infant clothing is just 99c! We carry maternity and Plus sizes as well as formal wear.  Stop in and check out the great selection at DIBS! On Resale.

 

Profits from DIBS! On Resale benefit students at our local PK-12 West Michigan Christian Schools (WMCS) including Muskegon Christian (PK-6), Grand Haven Christian (PK-8), New Era Christian (PK-8) and Western Michigan Christian (7-12).

Something Old, Something New….

Three Generations of Wedding Dresses!

This past week I opened a large box to find three generations of Wedding Dresses!  Three very different styles from three different time periods.

 Each made special for a girl’s most special day!

The first dress is very old.  I am guessing from the 1920’s or 1930’s.  It is handmade with lots of beadwork. The dress is short with a lace trimmed slip under a loose bodice. The skirt of the dress is lace covered with hand sewn beads at the waist. The most unique part of the dress is the stole that was made to go over the dress.  It has long beaded arm loops that connect across the shoulders.  A train is attached to the arm bands and that has more beadwork. Simply beautiful!

The next dress is from late 1940’s.  It has a lace covered bodice and lace sleeves with 20 buttons down the back and more on the sleeves.  It has a lovely train.   

The third dress in the box was another short dress, possibly from the 1960’s It has a fitted bodice with pleated cap sleeves.  The skirt is overlaid with tulle and has lace medallions scatted about. This dress came with a short veil and a pair of white gloves.  A very  sweet dress to be married in.

Dresses from every decade – a fashion timeline

We have a few other dresses in the store each from a different decade. Each was beautiful and stylish on the day it was worn.

 

 

1980’s Lace dress. Jacket has Rosebud buttons

Ruffles and Lace on this 1970’s style wedding dress

Beautiful lace covered train on the halter neck dress

Strapless gown with lots of bling!

1960’s short Wedding Dress

1920’s Wedding Dress

 

1940’s Wedding Dress

 

 

Profits from DIBS! On Resale benefit students at our local PK-12 West Michigan Christian Schools (WMCS) including Muskegon Christian (PK-6), Grand Haven Christian (PK-8), New Era Christian (PK-8) and Western Michigan Christian (7-12).

TIME FOR A SHOP HOP!

DIBS! On Resale opened it’s doors to serve the community.  We offer a place to donate clothing, furniture and household goods and turn that into support for our schools.  We also have sister stores that do the same for their school community.

Let’s Plan A Road Trip!

First Stop Once & Again

Starting in Grand Haven, MI stop in at Once & Again.  Once & Again opened their doors in 2005 and have just had a Grand Opening at their new location on 1209  Jackson Street.  Rhonda Thom is the manager of the store and along with her volunteers they keep the store stocked with wonderful treasures and unique finds.   The sign above the door states their purpose.

“Your donations and purchases help reduce tuition costs of Grand Haven Christian School Thank you!”

The next stop is  DIBS! On Resale

Dibs On Resale a non-profit resale store created to benefit the West Michigan Christian schools

DIBS! On Resale opened the doors on Harvey St in Muskegon, MI in 2012.  We are now at our new loaction 1279 E Apple Ave.  DIBS! On Resale serves the Greater Muskegon area while supporting Fremont Christian School, Grand Haven Christian School, Muskegon Christian School, New Era Christian School and Western Michigan Christian High School. Dibs on Resale West Michigan Store PanoManaged by Mary Workman along with Jennifer, Jessica and many volunteers, they strive to keep the store looking homey and inviting.

Last stop is THE NEST.

The NEST is  located in Downtown Fremont, MI at 1 East Main St.  They have been in business for the past 5 years and have just opened at this new address a few doors down from the original location.  This is a beautiful corner store with more space to display the wonderful treasures that are donated.  Tresa Sturrus, Carol Dunning and Dee DeKryger serve as the board for managing the store.  Proceeds from  The NEST go to defray the cost of education for the parents at Fremont Christian Schools.

Plan a day to take a drive and visit these beautiful stores.  You will not be disappointed.  You are sure to find that perfect accessory for your home or wardrobe or the book you always wanted to read. Like and follow us on facebook to keep up with what is happening in each store.

We look forward to seeing you!

Once & Again  616-296-0667   facebook

1209 Jackson St, Grand Haven, MI 49417

Hours M-F 10 -6 S 10 –  4  closed Sunday

DIBS! On Resale 231-798-2252  facebook

1279 E Apple Ave Muskegon, MI 49442

Hours: M-TH 10 – 6 F 10 – 5 S 10 – 4  closed Sunday

The Nest  231-924-3930   facebook

1 East Main St Fremont, MI

Hours: M – F 10 – 5 S 10 – 3  closed Sunday

Profits from DIBS! On Resale benefit students at our local PK-12 West Michigan Christian Schools (WMCS) including Muskegon Christian (PK-6), Grand Haven Christian (PK-8), New Era Christian (PK-8) and Western Michigan Christian (7-12).

APRIL SHOWERS DO BRING FLOWERS BUT….

We Have Beautiful Floral Arrangements at DIBS! On Resale All Year Around!

Everyone loves a bit of color this time of year. And you will always find fresh and interesting flower arrangements at DIBS! On Resale no matter what the season. Some of the silk flower donations we get in are old and tired and  just need a little love.  Marcia fills that niche when it comes to silk flowers and dusty arrangements.

Who knew you could wash silk flowers!

Marcia is a “retired” florist and on Monday mornings you will find her working in the back cleaning, sorting and rearranging. She has a collection of tools to help her clean and spruce up the silks and a great sellection of vases to create new arrangements with.  By the end of the morning she brings  beautiful floral arrangements out for sale.

Above are some of the beautiful arrangements Marcia has created for the store.  Stop in and see what new floral arrangements have been brought out this week.

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Over the next few weeks we will have specials on Books, linens and legs!

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Profits from DIBS! On Resale benefit students at our local PK-12 West Michigan Christian Schools (WMCS) including Muskegon Christian (PK-6), Grand Haven Christian (PK-8), New Era Christian (PK-8) and Western Michigan Christian (7-12).

 

Find Creative Inspiration at DIBS! On Resale!

Resale Shoppers Are Creative People!

When I cashier I sometimes ask customers what they are going to do with an item they are purchasing.  I often get  very creative answers.   One lady described to me how she used bud vases and tea cups to create garden art.  One customer bought a large armoire and was going to paint it red!  Another couple bought nylon stockings to fill with salt, an experiment to see if it would help to melt ice on the roof.

Ideas come from their imagination, magazines, remodeling shows and Pinterest to name a few. And when I look around DIBS! On Resale, I see a lot of the supplies you might need for those inspirations.  From furniture remake ideas to repurposed  dishes here are a few ideas to check out.  

We have a French style table that would look beautiful in chalk paint – for inspiration click here 

Here is a easy bird feeder using mugs that would be fun to make with kids.

  

Teacups make cute little planters

Have you seen the dressers where the drawers are replaced with baskets?  Or poetry painted on old chairs?  There are lots of ideas for upcycling old sweaters  but how could you repurpose an old suit coat?  Teacups make cute little planters and succulents grow well in unique containers.  What are your ideas? What are you looking for at DIBS! On Resale?  We have a wonderful community out there who donate to DIBS! On Resale and they might just have what you are looking for.  Share in the comments on Facebook –  Then stop in and find what you need to spark your imagination.

Profits from DIBS! On Resale benefit students at our local PK-12 West Michigan Christian Schools (WMCS) including Muskegon Christian (PK-6), Grand Haven Christian (PK-8), New Era Christian (PK-8) and Western Michigan Christian (7-12).

Shoes For Every Occasion At DIBS! On Resale

Shoes!

From Brand New Shoes To Totally Worn Out Shoes We Take Them All.

A lot of shoes are donated to DIBS! On Resale and we have Jill to sort, clean and display them all.  Starting in the back room Jill finds the mates and inspects and cleans each pair.  Only the best are put out on display.  On our shelves you will find all sizes from kids shoes to adults.  We also have sports shoes in season.  Cross country spikes, Soccer shoes and ice skates to name a few.

And what happens to the shoes that don’t pass inspection?  They are banded in pairs and put into large mesh bags. These bags are picked up by our ministry partners to be recycled.  Nothing goes to waste at DIBS! On Resale.

Click here to view and like our Facebook page to see more of what’s new at DIBS! On Resale.  Shop during the month of December and enter into our weekly drawing for a $10 gift certificate to the store!

Profits from DIBS! On Resale benefit students at our local PK-12 West Michigan Christian Schools (WMCS) including Muskegon Christian (PK-6), Grand Haven Christian (PK-8), New Era Christian (PK-8) and Western Michigan Christian (7-12).