Habitat ReStore opens in Wake Forest

l_wakerestore1Most of us are familiar with the nonprofit Habitat For Humanity, an organization dedicated to providing decent, affordable housing to all.  It’s an organization that relies on those who volunteer their labor & donations.  But did you know it’s not all done with cash donations?  A percentage of funding comes from deconstructing homes and selling the materials as well as other dropped off items.

Earlier this month, Habitat Wake opened it’s newest ReStore in Wake Forest.  This location is one of five in the area. The ReStore is located next to Food Lion in the Market of Wake Forest shopping center.  What can you expect to find?  Well, a lot.  The ReStore sells furniture, appliances, plumbing, doors, cabinetry, lighting and an assortment of odds and ends, all in pretty good condition and good working order.

Wake Forest was chosen for this new location for many reasons.  Habitat Wake was founded in 1985 & there have been dozens of homes built in the community as well as numerous revitalization projects through the Brush With Kindness program.  Last year, there were five homes built in one week in partnership with AmeriCorps and volunteers from area churches.  Habitat Wake’s marketing manager, Monique Delage, has been quoted, “We anticipate funding the building of 20 homes from the Wake Forest ReStore.” As published in the Wake Weekly, she goes on to say, “It’s a great way for us to engage with the community.  People come here to get great products at an affordable price.  One person’s trash is obviously someone else’s treasure.”

To keep costs down, the store is staffed with mostly volunteers along with a manager and assistant manager.  People wishing to donate can come by the store to unload the goods or call to schedule a pick up.  If you happen to take something that Habitat doesn’t sell, there’s  Goodwill just across the parking lot.  The staff also keeps a list of groups where other items and goods may be taken.

The ReStore accepts a variety of items; to see a full list, visit WakeRestore.org.  Some items not accepted include commercial goods, cast iron sinks, linens, dishwashers, TVs, faucets, fluorescent lighting, microwaves, mirrors, used carpeting, water heaters and hazardous items.  Items that have to be trashed  run up dumpster fees for Habitat.  If you are shopping, some of the best deals can be found on cabinets, carpeting and laminate flooring.  Some of these items are in new condition and were acquired from overstock at reduced prices.

If you are looking for some help, Habitat Wake also has a “Decon” crew.  The crew is available to assist people with remodeling and house tear downs, countertop and unwanted appliance removal, disconnecting plumbing and utilities for a nominal fee.  The crew will reclaim and salvage nonstructural items such as flooring and fixtures at no cost.

In the days of Pinterest, DIY and being thrifty, the Habitat ReStore can be a great place to start and finish those projects!  Saving money and giving back to the community at the same time sounds like a win to me!  The ReStore hours are Monday-Friday from 10am-6pm and Saturday from 9am-5pm.  The ReStore is closed on Sundays.

 

 

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About Peter Kima

When it comes to providing the utmost in personal service to his clients, Peter Kima is on the cutting edge. This family man’s demanding work ethic was passed on from his parents. His mother, a first generation German-American forged a new life in a strange country. His father, who has not missed a day of work since 1972 led by example. Peter does not rest until he’s done everything in his power to help you achieve your goals. As a husband and a father, his understanding the importance of a family’s home is reflected in his every move.

When Peter is not helping one of his clients he can be found volunteering his time running a charity Lobster Bingo event, cooking burgers at the Wake Forest Fire Station to benefit the children in the community, delivering dictionaries to every 3rd grade student in Wake county with the Wake Forest Kiwanis Club, collecting school supplies for the needy or ringing the bell for the Salvation Army. His favorite pastime however is spending time with his wife Jennifer and their two sons, Cole (7) and Camden (4 going on 44!).

Peter has resided in Germany, California, Georgia, Indiana, Massachusetts, North Carolina, Oregon and Vermont. Having lived in North Carolina for over 10 years, Peter refers to North Carolina as home. Don’t underestimate the value of Peter’s moving experience. He and his team understand the rigors involved in making a family move. Rely on that experience to help you.

When the time comes for your next move in and around Wake Forest, NC don’t settle for ordinary! Count on Peter and his entire team to help you achieve…The Good Life.

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