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Sinks, doors, and windows, oh my!

Donated items located inside the Habitat for Humanity ReStore at 131 N. Barron St. are available for reuse for a fraction of retail price, to those who are interested. Proceeds of the purchased items are then forwarded to building Habitat for Humanity homes.

ReStores are resale shops which feature home improvement supplies. The store’s goal mirror’s the Habitat goal, “eliminating poverty housing.”

Habitat for Humanity International features 820 branches across the United States and Canada, over 60 in Ohio alone. Preble County’s affiliate has been in existence since 1991, but has had a central location, in the heart of Eaton, since 2012.

One of the ReStore’s missions, is to avoid having usable items in the landfill, “keeping stuff in a cyclical motion, rather than a linear motion,” said store manager, Jill DuVall.

The building, donated to the organization, also had the interior construction donated to those in charge. “That’s not something typical ReStore’s get. They typically have operating costs such as rent, and all that kind of stuff,” said DuVall. “That really helps us a lot, since we are such a small ReStore compared to some of the other ReStores.”

Larger ReStore operations conduct businesses similar to a Lowe’s, according to DuVall. One of the larger stores, located in Charlotte, North Carolina, develops roughly $2.2 million in profit per year, and builds 150 houses per year with the proceeds. “So we’re really small, and we’re just getting going, but it’s all about getting the word out,” said DuVall.

Preble County’s Habitat for Humanity Board seats roughly 10 members, who, since 1991, have erected 15 houses in the county.

The store’s hours are Wednesday’s from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday’s and Friday’s from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday’s from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Items accepted are air conditioners which are less than five years old, in working condition, and accommodate either a whole house or window; appliances which are new or less than 10 years old, clean and are in working condition, and dishwashers must be less than 5 years old; kitchen and bathroom cabinets; interior and exterior doors which are raised panel, louvered, closet doors or glass doors are also accepted; electrical fixtures as well as parts and supplies; boxed or clean flooring materials including: ceramic, vinyl, or wood; home or antique furniture which is in overall good condition, not worn, torn, or stained upholstery; hardware such as knobs, hinges, locks, nails, screws, nuts, bolts, and fasteners; insulation in it’s packaging; lighting products; lumber which is six feet or longer, no scraps, plywood which is half a sheet or larger, trim which is free of rot, nails, or screws; outdoor patio furniture; new paint and painting supplies; pipe/PVC/metal/copper; roofing materials; televisions which are new or less than 10 years old, in working condition with remote tools; wallpaper in the wrapper; windows which are either vinyl, aluminum, wood (of all sizes), new construction, or retro fit; draperies in complete sets; and blinds in “great” condition.

Items not accepted are: tires, batteries, oils, solvents, chemicals, old water heaters, mattress or box springs, cast iron tubs, electronics including computers, used light bulbs, T-12 fixtures, open paint or frozen paint, or any recall items.

All donated items can be picked up at no cost. To donate, call 937-472-0002.

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