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Habitat for Humanity Opens New W-S "ReStore"

5:57 AM, Jan 27, 2014   |    comments
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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- Habitat for Humanity of Forsyth County has opened its new "ReStore" in Winston-Salem, re-located to a place managers say is more convenient for customers.

ReStores are shops to which people donate gently-used or new (tax-deductible) items--including furniture, books, antiques, home decor, lighting, flooring, appliances, plumbing, cabinets and hardware. Proceeds from the sale of reduced-priced items go toward Habitat for Humanity.

Director of ReStore operations Dwayne Thompson explained the goal for the new ReStore of Forsyth County (which opened Saturday) is to annually fund the building of 12 houses for families in need in the community. Habitat for Humanity of Forsyth County also has a "match" program, in which it builds one home for a family in Nicaragua per one home built for a family in Forsyth County.

In addition to its inventory, the ReStore also has as "DIY theater," where the volunteer "Shab Fab" crew teaches workshops for individuals who want to learn how to repurpose items. The team will be doing demonstrations and answering questions each Saturday, as well as on Wednesdays at 10 a.m. The free "Shab to Fab sessions" are open to the public. The group is also looking for additional volunteers who are crafty and want to help teach others how to see the potential in household objects that might otherwise be discarded.

Thompson said he hopes people in the Triad realize the value of donating, instead of discarding, their home items. "The best way to recycle anything is to reuse it," he said.

The ReStore in Forsyth County is located at 608 Coliseum Drive in Winston-Salem. Store hours are Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call 336-393-8495. The donation hotline number is 336-893-8494. The ReStore also will pick up heavy items, if requested to do so.

The store's grand opening sale runs through Saturday of this week.

For information on ReStore's Greensboro location, visit that location's home page.

WFMY News 2

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