Habitat for Humanity Restore freshens storefront

Wednesday, September 4, 2013
The Habitat Restore, in Cassville, has undergone some beautification and organizational efforts under the management of Linda Parker. The store offers a variety of gently used household goods, building supplies and home decor. Proceeds from the store benefit Habitat for Humanity of South Barry County. Democrat Photo/Melonie Roberts

The Habitat for Humanity Restore, located at 301 Main St. in Cassville, is sporting a fresh coat of paint, flowers in the planters in front of the store and new signs, making the business more welcoming to area customers.

Store manager Linda Parker has also had volunteers organizing donations, putting together displays and adding counter space to the facility.

"We have been working hard to make some changes," Parker said. "There is still a lot to go through."

The Habitat Restore is a boon for individuals looking for gently used furniture, home decor, building materials, crafts and toys at bargain prices. All proceeds from the store benefit Habitat for Humanity of South Barry County.

"With the proceeds from the sale of items here, we try to build new Habitat houses," said Nora Young, board president of Habitat for Humanity of South Barry County. "We are always in need of donations. We try to keep items turned over here pretty quickly so we always have fresh stock."

Items sold at the store typically are marked at half price or less of their estimated value.

Business at the store has been on the rise in recent weeks.

"Customers enjoy the displays we have set up," said Parker. "It gives them an idea of what they could pair an item with in their own home and how it might look."

Despite their efforts to keep the stock rotated out in a timely manner, the store is a bit crowded.

"We need a bigger space," Young said. "We could easily use 15,000 square feet or more. We're operating in about 6,000 square feet now."

The store operates with two full time employees, Parker and Terry Heinz, and between five and seven volunteers a week.

"We could always use more volunteers, too," Young said.

As a part of the fundraising effort, the board will host its annual banquet at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 21 at the Family Life Center in Cassville.

"The Texans will entertain," Young said. "We will also have an auction of themed baskets and a four-day, three-night Branson getaway which includes tickets to the Sight and Sound Theater, Dixie Stampede and Branson Belle."

The dinner will be catered by The Family Room of Monett.

The board will also elect new officers at the annual meeting.

The current board is: Young, president; Donna Hayes, vice president; Judy Hayes, secretary; Justin Gates, treasurer; and board members Robin Cooper, Darrell Ledenham, Dallas LaCaze, Delene Abbott and Sharon Schacht.

"The purpose of the Restore is to keep things out of landfills," Parker said.

"We have great support from the community," said Young, "We hope donated items will be re-purposed, reused, recycled and re-homed."

For more information about the Habitat for Humanity Restore or to volunteer, call Parker at 846-0110.

For more information about Habitat for Humanity of South Barry County, call Young at 847-0360 or 235-9286.

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