ReStore: The store that builds homes
The Habitat for Humanity of Greater Newburgh ReStore will be celebrating its 1-year anniversary at their new location on South Plank Road in October. The ReStore sells both new and used furniture, appliances, building supplies and household items that have been donated. Prices are generally 50 percent or more off of retail values. Proceeds go toward building affordable homes in Newburgh.
Mark Roland, ReStore manager says, “We are excited about the reception the community has given us, with strong sales since the opening day. In appreciation, we will be running numerous sales and specials from Wednesday, Oct. 14 through Saturday, Oct. 17. There will be giveaways, raffles, snacks and other surprises. Please come join us!”
The ReStore was originally opened in September 2008 in the historic Kimball Building, 125 Washington St., in the City of Newburgh. In order to better serve the community, with greatly expanded parking, sales floor and access, the store was moved last October to the present location at 38 South Plank Road, directly off exit 8 on I-84. The ReStore is open to the public 10 a.m-5 p.m., Wednesdays through Saturdays.
How it works
Donors: Donate items to the restore and you receive their gratitude and tax-deductible receipts.
My plan is to load up my car with items I no longer need from my home and staging inventory. The items will be itemized and donated to the ReStore. Just drive around to the second bay on the left side of building.
Shoppers: Purchase high-quality merchandise often with 50-90 percent off the original retail cost, and in doing so, support the elimination of substandard housing in their area with every transaction.
Volunteers: Keep the ReStore sustainable by donating their time and energy to the daily operations of the store.
Maureen Mushlit has been a Habitat volunteer for more than 14 years and has worked on construction, various committees and in the Restore. Maureen says, “What an amazing organization! Everyone works together, learning and helping. I have always felt that I get more out of this than I can possibly give. The families, volunteers and staff are all there with one goal in mind: making a better place for families, one house at a time. Amazing friendships have been formed with families and volunteers alike. The Restore goal is to be able to fund a house with the profits. This is the best organization I have ever been involved in.”
Repurpose: Reduce ReUse ReStore
ReStore shoppers shop for all different reasons — finding a special and unique treasure, getting outrageous bargains or buying for resale. Some shop looking to do renovations in their kitchen. But others are looking to renovate the objects they find at the ReStore. Check out the before and after photos in the gallery.
The ReStore welcome donations and volunteers. Visit their website at habitatnewburgh.org/restore for more information.