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ReStore sells new and used items

Posted: Friday, February 25, 2011

The Huntington County Habitat for Humanity ReStore is a retail store that sells new and used home furnishings such as windows, doors, cabinetry, lumber, counter tops, plumbing and electrical supplies, hardware, appliances, and furniture at discounted prices. The merchandise ReStore carries is received daily from individuals, contractors, businesses, corporations, larger retail stores, and estates.

The proceeds from ReStore’s sales are used to support Habitat’s mission of building decent, affordable homes in our community for people who have low incomes and live in substandard housing. ReStore also replenishes its stock through the deconstruction of existing houses by Habitat volunteers thus diverting even more materials from the landfill.

Located at 235 Safari Trail, ReStore accepts donations from Wednesday to Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with extended hours on Thursday until 6 p.m. All donations are prepared for resale by volunteers. Some of the larger donations that ReStore has received include high end residential lighting and new brand name dishwashers. The resale merchandise is helpful to those who are upgrading homes or other buildings and keeps good useable items from being taken to the landfill.

According to John Bostel, ReStore manager, ReStore has helped to divert approximately 150 tons of material from the landfill since its opening in 2008. He further explained that a solid waste engineering firm determined a formula describing a relationship between gross sales and weight of items diverted from the landfill, and for every dollar of sales, it equates to 1.3 pounds of material.

Bostel said that the diversity, quantity, and the quality of donations have improved since ReStore opened. These factors and increased traffic are very encouraging to him and he believes show a real need for our ReStore in the community.

ReStore also sponsors an aluminum can collection program with 15 local businesses participating. Aluminum cans may be dropped off for recycling at 1454 Etna Avenue, the main office for Habitat for Humanity and ReStore. For more information or to schedule a pickup, call ReStore at 356-8002 or e-mail hchabitatrestore@att.net or jbostel@hchabitat.org.