Celebrating Reuse, Building Community • Home ReSource Benefit Auction •

Our 7th Annual Home ReSource Banquet & Benefit Auction to celebrate Missoula’s thriving culture of reuse took place on Friday, November 3, 2017 at The Wilma Theater.

Throughout the evening, guests enjoyed:

  • Delicious locally-sourced dinner and drinks
  • Silent auction of sustainability-crafted art, furniture, local services and more
  • Live auction of the top 2017 Spontaneous Construction pieces by Mayor John Engen
  • A cake for every table courtesy of Bernice’s Bakery

Home ReSource returned to the Wilma for a night of food, friends and the most hand-crafted auction in town! We celebrated 14 years of building a culture of reuse and a more vibrant and sustainable local economy in Missoula. We are grateful for so many Missoulians who are a part of our growing Community Sustainability programs that are fostering Missoula’s move toward Zero Waste, empowering a new generation of Zero Waste Ambassadors, and creating job training opportunities for people experiencing barriers to employment.

Each year, the awareness and proceeds from the annual Banquet & Benefit Auction help Home ReSource further our mission and fund our Community Sustainability Programs. In addition to operating a building materials reuse store, Home ReSource partners with local work programs to offer jobs and training to Missoulians in need. Home ReSource donates thousands of dollars in materials annually to area nonprofits, schools, events, and community organizations and provides educational tours, workshops and events (like SponCon!) that promote Missoula’s culture of reuse. While our store and deconstruction services are self-supporting, these charitable and educational programs require additional funding, and would not be possible without our generous donors and sponsors.

Grand Prize Contenders from Spontaneous Construction 2017!

These items were purchased by supporters during our live and silent auctions at our 6th Annual Banquet & Benefit Auction. All photographs by Details Photography.


Grand Prize Winners from Spontaneous Construction 2017!
Each year at our annual Banquet & Benefit Auction, we announce the Grand Prize winner from SponCon. This year we had three! Here’s why: long story short, we decided we needed separate categories for “art” and “function.” Then there were the pieces made from Merc materials, which gave us a third category – one we may never see again. So, here they are, the 2017 SponCon Grand Prize Winners!

SponCon Grand Prize Winner: Art
The Work of the People to Turn the World

Team Revolting Development is Jimmy Willet and Josh Decker.

They had a vision to make the smallest, most profound item ever to be created at SponCon. Turns out they did just that.

Auction catalog description: This wrought-in-steel sculpture, as comfortable in motion as in stillness, directed but not perfectly straight, and connected but not rigid, illustrates the power of DIY and reuse to monkey-wrench the global reach of corporate greed, capitalism, and industrialization run amok. As beautiful, powerful, and unique as each person, it prompts us to forge our own skills, lean into our potential, and work together to further that which is good in the world.

SponCon Grand Prize Winner: Function
‘Mer(i)c(an) table

Team TBD is Tyson Miller, Ben Miller, and Vince Gody.

Tyson has been making tables at SponCon for years. This year he took his table making to another level with a timeless creation that belies that fact that it was created in just 7 hours..

Auction catalog description: This beautifully-crafted trestle table is made of Missoula. It is as solid as the true-dimensional Mercantile lumber from which it is built. Highlighting the natural beauty inherent in local old-growth wood grain, it invites us to gather together as a community to celebrate reuse.

SponCon Grand Prize Winner: Merc Project
Rowdy Bar Crowd Not Included

Team All Elbows is Jim Barber, Catherine Ipsen, Ellen Ipsen, Jeff Ipsen, and Sean Parks

For three years in a row, Team All Elbows has rocked SponCon with pieces whose playful creativity is on par with the craft with which they are executed.

Auction catalog description: Do you love drinking, socializing, and the gone-but-not-forgotten Missoula Mercantile (not necessarily in that order)? Then, what could be better than the ageless elegance of this bar and stools made with wood and stamped tin from the beloved Merc! The rowdy bar crowd isn’t included, but if you’re here tonight chances are you can attract your own.

Check out our 2017 Benefit Auction Sponsors!
WELDERS: Good Food Store | Missoula Federal Credit Union; BOLTERS: First Interstate Bank | Mast & Co. Builders; PNEUMATIC NAILERS: Bateman Building Company | Cedar Mountain Software | JCCS | Missoula Deconstruction Services | Properties 2000; CAULKERS: Lennox Craftsmen | Missoula Fresh Market; DUCT TAPERS: Alsup Insurance Agency | Garlington Lohn & Robinson | Missoula Office City; IN-KIND SPONSORS: Bernice's Bakery | Big Sky Brewing Co. | Eustance Pack and Tack | Logjam Presents | Missoula Compost | Missoula Independent | Missoula Indoor Ads/missoulaevents.net | Montana Party Time |The Trail 103.3
And thanks to these 2017 donors:
5 on Black, A Carousel for Missoula, Ace Hardware, Alameda’s Hot Springs Resort, AMC Theaters, Anonymous, B.MartiNez, Bathing Beauties, Bayern Brewing, Bernice’s Bakery, Bettys Divine, Big Sky Breakout, Biga Pizza, Black Coffee Roasting Co., Black Owl Tattoo, Book Exchange, Brendan Stewart, Caffe Dolce, City Brew, Claire Emery, D. Krause Case, Dawn McGee, Deb Scott, Downtown Dance Collective, Draught Works, Ear Candy Music, Essential Living – Michelle Kuntz, Flyvines, Great Harvest Bread Company, Griz Athletics, Hide & Sole, Howie Adams, Jennifer Edwards, Kettlehouse, Kristin King-Ries, Loose Moose, LulaRoe by Sarah Shepard, Masala, Meadowsweet Herbs, Missoula Broadcasting Co., Montana Natural History Center, Montana Rock Design, Montgomery Distillery, Murdoch’s, Mustard Seed, Nicole Reiker, NR Events, One Eleven, Pink Grizzly, Red Bird Wine Bar & Restaurant, Rob Rez, Roemer’s, Runners Edge, Scotty’s Table, Southgate Mall, SpectrUM, The Dram Shop, The Green Light, The Roxy Theater, Tipi Rock Yoga & Massage Therapy, Treasure Chest, UM Golf Course, Upcycled, Wear Your Roots Clothing, Western Cider, Westside Lanes, Wild Mountain Ink, Wustners Brothers Honey, Xplorer Maps, ZACC