Recycled creations featured

SALEM – Holding a grand opening today on Benton Road is Upcycle by Ricki, a new retail recycling business located inside the Second Chance Bargains store.

The business is located at 751 Benton Road and says it turns ordinary items into extraordinary items by means of recycling.

The grand opening is from 11 am. until 5:30 p.m.

The business is run by Ricki White, a developmentally disabled individual who has exceeded expectations her whole life and is continuing along that road by launching her own business.

Reduce, reuse, recycle and remake are the bywords at this start-up company and don’t be surprised to see some things like “Cancer Sucks” or “Epilepsy, educate, empower, encourage” or Epilepsy Purple Day (March 26) bracelets on sale for $3 along with many decorative pieces.

There are “Cute Hooks” make by White and her father that were fashioned from wood scraps, leftover wood stain, aunt Jessica’s old silverware (forks or spoons) and miscellaneous screws that had new life into breathed into them as hooks … cute hooks.

Many items can be viewed on the Upcycle by Ricki Facebook page along with store information.

White will be available at the store today and a drawing for a wine basket will be held with tickets selling for $1 each or 6 for $5.

All the proceeds from the drawing will benefit the Stephanie Bryant Scholarship Fund/ Robert T. White School of Practical Nursing, the Bryant Family and the National Cervical Cancer Coalition.

White said, “Bring your cash and be prepared to be delighted.”

She will be at the store every Tuesday from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. and Second Chance Bargains is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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