An up-cycled furniture store is slated to open in Port Huron by the start of summer.

The shop, which hasn’t announced a location yet, will have an environmentally-conscious mission of re-purposing old furniture to prevent it from clogging landfills.

Shelby Kesner, One Earth Thrift Shop owner, said all furniture will be sold at a very affordable price once repurposed.

“Everything is run on donations,” Kesner said. “We are not a non-profit, but we want to bring awareness to environmental issues like recycling and re-using.”

Kesner said she is looking for people to donate their old furniture instead of throwing it to the curb on trash day.

She said many people would love to afford quality furniture, and this is a way to bring that to the community.

Before going to college, Kesner helped her mom run another thrift store in the area. She said she is taking the experience she gained from that, mixed with her passion for the environment, to start this new venture.

Currently she is a mental health technician at a hospital, but hopes to eventually turn the shop into her full time job.

While Kesner is still in the process of securing the location of the shop, she is already collecting pieces of furniture to work on to ensure that the storefront is stocked at the time of opening.

“I’m hoping we just encourage people to recycle things, not just throw them away,” she said. “You can re-use, re-purpose and upcycle so much. So we plan to strip what we get and re-finish, paint or stain them, depending on what it is.”

If community members have furniture they want picked up, they can schedule a pick-up by calling or texting (810) 292-4383.

Contact Nicole Hayden at (810) 989-6279 or Follow her on Twitter @nicoleandpig.