By Stephanie Choate
The Green Mountain Habitat for Humanity ReStore is doubling in size.
The store, which sells new and gently used items, took over the space next door, knocking down interior walls, refurbishing the floors and ceilings and putting in new insulation.
The ReStore is holding a grand opening for its newly expanded space on Saturday, April 25. The event will feature free balloons, door prizes, grilled food and more.
“It’s really exciting to see just how much more space we have,” said Executive Director David Mullin. “It’s already chock full, even into the expanded space. We’re just waiting for Saturday to open the door.”
The store opened in 2012.
“At that time we were thinking that 7,000 square feet was going to be really hard to fill,” Mullin said. “We quickly found out that the response from the community, both from a donations standpoint and purchasing standpoint, was outstanding and we quickly realized that we needed more space.”
All money raised from sales of items at the Habitat ReStore goes toward building Habitat homes. Residents can also score deals.
“A lot of people don’t realize the extent of what we have,” Mullin said. “They think it’s just building materials. They get in here and they’re kind of surprised.”
While the store does stock building materials, it also has a wide variety of furniture, appliances and household goods. Most of the donations come from residents, but some businesses also donate new items. ReStore staff will also pick up large donations for free.
“The sole mission of the Habitat ReStore is to provide money to help us build houses locally,” Mullin said. “In addition, it does help us keep literally tons of material out of our Vermont landfills.”
Mullin said in the last 18 months, the store raised enough revenue to build a local Habitat house.
“That’s over and above what we had been doing,” Mullin said. “We’re so grateful to all of the local donors.”