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ReStore History

In 2003, representatives from Rutherford Housing Partnership, a local nonprofit that provides urgently needed home repairs for qualified low-income homeowners, and Rutherford County Habitat for Humanity recognized their mutual interest in selling used building materials being donated to the groups. With the vision of Bruce Waddingham, this soon grew into plans for a Habitat ReStore, where sales from these donated materials and housing items would benefit the work of both organizations. The idea was approved by both Boards of Directors, and Habitat rented the old Cabin Fever Furniture Building on Highway 221 South in November 2003.  The Habitat ReStore opened there the following February.

Thanks to the generosity of the community, the ReStore operation quickly outgrew its facility and looked for another location that was more accessible to shoppers and the towns of Rutherfordton, Spindale and Forest City.  In February 2005, the ReStore moved to its new location, the former Hill’s Do-It Center at 686 W. Main St., Forest City.  Increased traffic and regular ReStore shoppers have kept the business going and growing.  In 2008 Habitat was able to buy the building.

ReStore opened with one employee, its manager Wanda Harris.  In 2012, Wanda retired as manager and Doug Tribou became the new manager.  ReStore continued to grow.  To meet the new challenges a part-time assistant manager was hired.  Wanda, having had a bit of an extended vacation, came back to help out as the assistant manager.  In 2013 a part-time administrative assistant was hired.  In 2014, Doug retired and Jimmy Okpych was hired.  Doug continues as a regular volunteer.  The majority of the store operations –  including procuring items to sell, picking up donations, sorting and pricing items, and keeping the store clean and attractive for shoppers  – is performed by volunteers, keeping overhead low and thus generating more revenues to be disbursed to Habitat and RHP.

The gross sales for the ReStore are as follows:

2004

$98,637

2005

$160,202

2006

$211,717

2007

$220,000

2008

$194,262

2009

$176.311

2010

$179,718

2011

$206,082

2012

$156,694

2013

$206,982

2014

$249,675

 

Since its beginning in March of 2003, the Habitat ReStore has disbursed $686,050 to Rutherford County Habitat for Humanity Inc. and Rutherford Housing Partnership Inc.

2004

$ 15,000

2005

$ 65,250

2006

$ 94,000

2007

$ 88,000

2008

$86,800

2009

72,000

2010

58,000

2011

98,000

2012

109,000

2013

68,000

2014 to date

64,000

TOTAL

$818,050

 

 

 

Habitat for Humanity ReStores are nonprofit home improvement stores and donation centers that sell new and gently used furniture, home accessories, building materials, and appliances to the public at a fraction of the retail price.  Habitat for Humanity ReStores are proudly owned and operated by local Habitat for Humanity affiliates, and proceeds are used to build homes, community, and hope locally and around the world.

 

Why We Do What We Do

Homeownership Means:

  • Security
  • Stability
  • Hope
  • Joy
  • A sense of pride
  • Little handprints in cement
  • Picking out colors for a bedroom
  • Planting a garden with flowers
  • A backyard of your own
  • A neighborhood with friends​