Appeared in Powhatan Today, Nov. 1, 2022
Habitat for Humanity-Powhatan’s ReStore will be open weekly beginning Saturday, Nov. 5. The store, located at 1922 Urbine Road, will be open every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Thursdays from noon to 4 p.m. for shopping, picking up previous purchases, and dropping off new items.
“To be able to say we are open every Saturday will be so much easier for everyone to remember, and in turn, we hope make even more faithful ReStore fans,” says Executive Director Susan Winiecki. “And you’ll continue to see some of your friendly and favorite store volunteers!”
The ReStore is a combination hardware store, a building supply store, and a used furniture store. All items sold support the greater goal of Habitat, which is to serve those in need of safe and decent housing. Plus, every $1 sold in the store saves 1.3 pounds from going into landfill —an equivalent of about 98,000 pounds in 2021-22.
Opened in 2018, the HFH-P ReStore also serves as a community space, hosting other nonprofit groups, events and fundraisers. On Sat., Nov. 19, come meet Powhatan Christmas Mother Kathy Ware and bring a boardgame or STEM educational toy.
The ReStores in the United States celebrate 30 years. In 1992, volunteers opened a store in Austin, Texas. Its purpose: Keep new and used home and building materials out of the waste stream while helping fund Habitat’s home-, hope- and community-building work. Customers came from all over to find deals on windows, doors, paint, hardware, tools, furniture, appliances and decor to spruce up their own homes while helping others build and secure theirs. The concept quickly spread.
As of 2021, more than 1,000 ReStore are spread across six countries, all contributing toward Habitat’s vision of a world where everyone has a decent place to live.
To support the increase in store days, ReStore Manager Erin Harnage seeks additional volunteers to assist customers, work the check-out area and help load purchased items into customer’s vehicles. Contact the ReStore 804-594-7009 ext. 1 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. To schedule a possible pick-up (for a suggested $20 donation) or drop-off time at the store or to request more information, also call 804-594-7009 ext. 1 or email email@example.com
Information on items the ReStore can accept can be found on Habitat for Humanity Powhatan’s websitehttps://www.habitatpowhatan.org/