Habitat for Humanity to open home store

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Habitat for Humanity is set to open a second-hand homewares store in Tahunanui within the next few months.

All they need is stuff to sell.

Habitat for Humanity affiliates throughout the world run similar “ReStores”. Nelson chairman Rob Silcock says it will help secure the financial future of the organisation, while also providing Nelsonians with cheap, quality second-hand goods. “The cost of running an affiliate like Nelson has become quite huge because of compliance costs, auditing costs, and health and safety regulations,” says Rob. “So this is to help with those costs and to ensure that donations to us from local people go directly to building homes, not on compliance fees.”

The store is due to open in the old Save Mart building on Quarantine Rd in early July. Volunteers are currently working on the building to get it ready for the opening and the board is advertising for a store manager.

Committee member Brian Egerton says the big push now is to encourage locals to donate goods to the store. “If people donate us a good quality piece of furniture, that’s like a $100 donation to Habitat for Humanity. We’re hoping people think of us when they have old items they’d like to get rid of.”

Items they’d like donated include household furniture, outdoor furniture, tools, building supplies, appliances, old kitchens and bathrooms as well.

“Anything else that you’d use around your house is also welcome,” says Brian. “As long as its saleable.”

The committee also has plans to buy a vehicle to pick up items for the store.

Brian says the group is also looking for volunteers to help work in the store when it’s up and running.

Rob says the ultimate goal of the store is to provide the organisation with more money to build more houses. “That’s what we want to see and that’s what our donors what to see, so we’re doing this to help make that happen.”

If you have any items you’d like to donate to the ReStore, call 547 4626.