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Archive for Sunday, September 20, 2009

ReStore’s 4th anniversary draws bargain hunters

Hannah Gilmore, 6, and her step-mother Jennifer Hodge, discuss purchasing a dresser for sale Saturday at Habitat ReStore. The store was celebrating its fourth year in Lawrence and recent move to a new location at 708 Connecticut Street.

Hannah Gilmore, 6, and her step-mother Jennifer Hodge, discuss purchasing a dresser for sale Saturday at Habitat ReStore. The store was celebrating its fourth year in Lawrence and recent move to a new location at 708 Connecticut Street.

September 20, 2009

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Lawrence Habitat ReStore, 708 Conn., threw itself a party marking its fourth anniversary in the same way a kid might celebrate a fourth birthday: with balloons, prizes, cake and live music.

Hundreds of community members enjoyed the festive atmosphere and took advantage of the ReStore’s 40 percent off sale Saturday.

ReStore Committee Chair Michelle Mailand said the store, which sells used building products, appliances and furniture, had some good reasons to celebrate.

Mailand said that during the first two years of operations, the nonprofit store — which moved from its west Lawrence facility to its present location in April — lost money as it struggled to gain community visibility.

But over the last two years, the store has been able to channel profits to the local Habitat for Humanity affiliate, in its 20th year.

The store has also kept 300 tons of used materials from going to landfills, and Mailand said the Lawrence area has rallied behind the store’s efforts.

“The public is helping us in our mission,” she said, adding that the event was also a way for the agency to thank supporters and donors.

Mailand said that with the bad economy, the ReStore is seeing a dip in donations and revenue, but the store offers shoppers an affordable option for home repairs and projects.

Lawrence resident Eliza Bullock recently began shopping at the ReStore, and said she’s been impressed.

“They have a great selection,” she said. “You can actually find lots of treasures.”

Fellow shopper Tony Hayden was at the store with his family Saturday, and he said the ReStore makes sense for him when looking for materials for home projects.

“It costs less and you’re recycling,” he said.

Store employees said the event and sale helped the ReStore sell about four times as much as on a regular Saturday.

The ReStore is open to the public Mondays through Fridays, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Comments

infidel 4 years, 7 months ago

To bad they are so picky about donations, I sent my stove in good working order to the landfill cause they don't want anything older than years old.

It would have made someone a good gas range.

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UfoPilot 4 years, 7 months ago

Way to go JW, Double post a story. HA!

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trollkiller 4 years, 7 months ago

Great store concept; They need to get rid of one ot their lazy & rude female employees though.

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mrf 4 years, 7 months ago

It's nice to have an alternative to the Home Depot. There's always a treasure to be found in reused materials.

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Jayhawker07 4 years, 7 months ago

Wow! What a great place. Went to the old store once and to the new store twice. What a change and better layout of products. I picked up a 5 month old 40 gal. gas water heater with all the black pipe and new exhaust pipes for $145 yesterday. The staff really helped me with the history on the product too. That band you had down there, Rich and the Rockets sounded great playing that old Rock & Roll music. Crossing my fingers on the raffles.

Thanks for all your hard work helping our community.

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