The ReStore New Location 1 Year Later

 

It’s been one year since we moved the ReStore to 70 Fuller Road, and what a year it has been!  The ReStore is Habitat’s home improvement resale store that sells new and gently used building materials, appliances, furniture, tools and other home improvement products at a fraction of the retail price.  All our merchandise is donated by businesses and individuals and we get new things daily.  Revenue from the ReStore goes towards helping Habitat build affordable homes the Capital District.  The ReStore also keeps usable materials out of the waste stream and into home building, remodeling, and creative arts projects.

Moving our home improvement resale store from 454 North Pearl to 70 Fuller Road gave us double the inventory space allowing us to showcase even more great product.  The new location also has more accessible parking, making donating and shopping more enjoyable!  With 365 days under our belt, we are happy to report some really great numbers!

The ReStore recorded a three-quarters of a million dollars in sales this year, with 15,983 transactions – the majority of our revenue coming from furniture, kitchen cabinets and appliances. Donations have gone up as well, giving us an even greater amount of quality items for resale.

We held our grand-opening at the end of last summer to celebrate the move.  The new location has maintained all of the favorites from the old location, but we have added new product, such as  AmeriWood cabinets & Valspar interior paint, as well as a brand new lighting section and home good boutique.  The boutique is our most recent update.  Here you can find vinyl records next to one-of-a-kind decorative candle holders; ornate jewelry boxes alongside a framed painting of Kramer from Seinfeld; vintage books sharing space with old-school golf clubs.   You never know what you might find, which is half the fun!

All of this excitement and growth has created an overwhelming demand for longer store hours, so we are now open 6 days a week!  You can stop by the store Monday-Friday from 10am-6pm and Saturday from 10am-5pm.

Most importantly, all the money received from our store goes directly to helping Habitat achieve its mission of building decent, affordable housing for lower-income families in our community.  Every time you stop in and buy a set of cabinets for your remodel, or a new couch for your living room, or that extra refrigerator for the garage, you are helping give hardworking, local families a hand up and the opportunity to achieve the American Dream of homeownership.  

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We Had a Blast at the 2014 Tent-a-Thon!

The 21st Annual Tent-a-Thon is in the books and what a successful event it was!

Tent-a-Thon is staple annual event for Habitat in which participants raise money by camping out for 1-4 nights in Tawasentha Park. All proceeds go towards Habitat for Humanity Capital District’s mission of eliminating poverty and substandard housing in the Capital District.   It was another great year of fundraising thanks to all of our dedicated and long-time Tent-a-Thon supporters.  Total numbers were over $10,000!  We also had great meals generously provided for our campers from Capital Q Smokehouse, Texas Roadhouse, 99 Restaurant and the Mallozzi Family Restaurants.  Our top fundraising teams came from Calvary United Methodist Church in Latham and Mcknownville United Methodist Church in Albany.  Other big supporters include Slinglerlands Community United Methodist Church, First United Methodist Church of Voorheesville, Pine Grove United Methodist Church, and First United Methodist Church of Delmar.

This year’s entertainment included outdoor activities such as tennis, hiking, and lawn games, as well as a free concert by folk/rock band, Hair of the Dog and Jim Knowles-Tuell.  In addition, we also hosted our first annual volleyball tournament! Teams of 4 or 5 players pre-registered and showed up ready to play.  All teams played at least 12 games throughout the day, with the teams making it to semi-finals and finals playing more games. This year’s winner was “It’s All Gonna End in Beers” with second place team, “Smash Masters” and top fundraising team the “Setting Ducks” (Sponsored by Villa Valenti Pub).

Money raised from Tent-a-Thon and many of the above-mentioned churches over the years has helped us build 11 homes – with this year’s $10,000 going towards their 12th Habitat home.  Their unwavering support and dedication to Habitat’s mission is one-of-a-kind and we are so thankful!

The weather was great, and we had a blast, all for a good cause.  Thanks to everyone who camped out, helped out, fundraised and played, we are already looking forward to next year!

 

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1st Annual Volleyball Fundraiser Success!

Thank you to everyone who came out this weekend to bump, set and spike for Habitat for Humanity Capital District! After a little bit of rain in the morning, it cleared right up and we had blue skies for the rest of the day!

The volleyball tournament was added on to our Tent-A-Thon fundraiser, an event in which participants raise money by camping out for 1-4 nights in Tawasentha Park. All proceeds are put towards Habitat for Humanity Capital District’s mission of eliminating poverty and substandard housing in the Capital District.

Teams of 4 or 5 players pre-registered and showed up ready to play Sunday morning at 10am. All teams played at least 12 games throughout the day, with the teams making it to semi-finals and finals playing more games. Our teams raised a grand total of $1040!

First Place: “It’s All Gonna End in Beers”

Second Place: “Smash Masters”

Top Fundraiser: Setting Ducks (Sponsor- Villa Valenti Pub)

Check out our Facebook album for more pictures of the fun!

We hope to see you all back next August for more volleyball fun!

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Last Call for Volleyball Sign-Ups!

Last call to sign up for this years Co-ed 4′s volleyball tournament! Get your teams together for a good cause! Click here to register!

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Boutique Treasures Now at the ReStore!

Doors are open!

The ReStore is growing even bigger, if you can believe it!  This week, we opened our new home goods boutique, located in its own section of the ReStore on 70 Fuller Road.  The boutique is stocked with all sorts of great gems, including decorative home items, antiques, estate jewelry, high quality books, framed art, flatware, toys, furniture and many other unique vintage items.  Name it, and we probably have it!

Here you will find vinyl records next to one-of-a-kind decorative candle holders; ornate jewelry boxes alongside a framed painting of Kramer from Seinfeld; vintage books sharing space with old-school golf clubs.  You never know what you might find, which is half the fun! Prices range from $1 knicknacks, to a $300 vintage cuckoo clock, to a $1,200 authentic Victarlo.

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The idea came about after our store manager, Dave Harrison, saw an opportunity to sell all of the accessories many donors wanted to include with their larger donations of furniture or appliances. This separate, closed-off section of the ReStore was constructed entirely by the Home Helpers Cooperative – the same people that brought you our fantastic lighting display!  Home Helpers Cooperative gathered all the materials, including recycled items from the ReStore, and built the displays on the days the store was closed.

We are accepting donations, stop by and drop off you treasures, then stay and find more!

Visit our ReStore Facebook page for an up-to-date view of some of our items!

Note: We’ve added more hours at the ReStore.  We are now open Monday-Friday from 10am-6pm and Saturday from 10am-5pm.

 

 

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