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For Maureen O’Boyle it was serendipity. Just as she rounded the corner on a street not far from her childhood home and pulled up to the 1960s split-level home her sister in law had been telling her to go see for months, the homeowner was staking a For Sale by Owner sign in the front yard. “I jumped out and told her I think we’re going to buy this home,” says the WBTV anchor. It wasn’t long after that day that the Charlotte native was moved in and started the process of furnishing the home. Figuring out what to fill her new home with was simple: “I have been a thrift store, yard sale junkie forever,” she laughs. Not surprisingly then, O’Boyle, who has an affinity for Hollywood Regency and 1950s-era pieces—began scouring places like the Junior League Warehouse, the area’s twelve Habitat ReStores, and the Assistance League for pieces to design her home with. Great finds over the years have included wingback chairs she found at the Assistance League, which she then reupholstered with fabric from Post & Gray, and modern sconces, which normally retail for $295 each and O’Boyle scored for just $40 at the ReStore off Wendover Road. Though O’Boyle loves the hunt for the perfect item for her home, it’s that these local charities she frequently shops give back to the community that really excites her. “When I buy something at ReStore I know I’m giving a deserving family the opportunity to put their own sweat equity into building their own home,” she says. “It gives me goose bumps.”
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