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Habitat ReStore finds new, larger home

After only five years at its original location, the Habitat for Humanity Capital District ReStore has outgrown its home on North Pearl Street in Albany and will be opening new, much larger doors on Fuller Road this month. The ReStore warehouse, which sells low-priced furniture and home appliances to help raise money to build affordable homes through Habitat for Humanity Capital District, will move from a 10,000-square foot spot to a 24,000 square foot warehouse.

After only five years at its original location, the Habitat for Humanity Capital District ReStore has outgrown its home on North Pearl Street in Albany and will be opening new, much larger doors on Fuller Road this month. The ReStore warehouse, which sells low-priced furniture and home appliances to help raise money to build affordable homes through Habitat for Humanity Capital District, will move from a 10,000-square foot spot to a 24,000 square foot warehouse. Photo by Zan Strumfeld.

— The store is open to the public, with customers and donators range from people moving to downsizers and college students. Because of donations, products change from week to week and can often include well-known names like Stickley or custom-made cabinets.

“We have a pretty dedicated customer base that makes it a habit of checking in once, twice a week. Some of them are just people looking for an unusual find or a super bargain,” Harrison said.

Everything in the store is at a very low price, Harrison said. Products that are new typically run for 50 percent of the retail price, while products that are in excellent condition but used, run for 25 percent of the retail price.

“You’re really looking at some good bargains,” Harrison said.

Every dollar made at the ReStore goes directly to the local Habitat for Humanity affiliate. The money raised helps build the affordable housing Habitat for Humanity is known for. Since 2009, Harrison said the ReStore has raised about $2 million for Habitat for Humanity Capital District.

However, Harrison said the products sold at ReStore won’t be used in the houses built with Habitat for Humanity.

“We sell this product to make money to buy new product. It’s easier to build with,” Harrison said.

While the store isn’t officially open yet, donations are already starting to pile in. Harrison said they normally have two to four truckloads of donations a day, five days a week, including drop offs.

“There’s never a lull,” Harrison said.

Several volunteers from local organizations, including Youthbuild Albany and Home Helpers Co-Op, are currently helping to set up the new store, including George Bartlett. As the owner of Home Helpers Co-Op, which helps low-income and seniors keep their homes in working order, Bartlett said he frequently shops at the ReStore looking for products.

“I love the new place. I think it’s going to offer a lot more products,” Bartlett said. “It’ll be much better. Things like this are amazing.”

While they’re excited to open up the new store, Harrison said he could see Habitat outgrowing this location in just the same amount of time as the last.

“We’ll see what happens then. We’re very optimistic about this location and our goal has always been to make $1 million a year,” Harrison said.

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