COSHOCTON -- The benefits of the recent opening of the ReStore in Coshocton is three-fold.
ReStore, which is under the direction of Habitat for Humanity, is a resale outlet that sells reusable and surplus building materials to the public. ReStores accept donated goods which are sold to the general public at a fraction of the retail price. Proceeds help local Habitat affiliates fund the construction of Habitat homes within area communities.
Sue Hardesty, who is the ReStore Development supervisor and a volunteer who helped with coordinating the program through VISTA, said the ReStore is very beneficial to the Coshocton area community.
She said, first, monies from the sale of items at the store go back to Habitat for Humanity to build houses all over the world.
Second, the ReStore serves as a cost-effective way for landlords, weekend warriors and do-it-yourselfers to buy supplies and materials at reasonable prices.
Finally, she said, the ReStore helps the environment because materials (in good or fair condition) will be resold instead of heading to the landfill to wait years for decomposition.
Hardesty said the Coshocton ReStore accepts most home improvement and household items such as non-fabric furniture, bathroom vanities, new or used appliances, toilets, showers, bathtubs, sinks, windows, doors, light fixtures, discontinued items, paint (new or once opened), etc.
"We've had some very generous people" (donate items)," Hardesty said since the store opened officially to the public March 27.
Hardesty points out that a new gas log fireplace insert was donated to the ReStore. It retails for approximately $300 but at the ReStore, someone can purchase it for only $100.
"We try to make things affordable," Hardesty said about the pricing of items in the store.
Currently, the ReStore is located at 1301 Walnut St., Coshocton (between Coshocton Lumber and Coshocton County Memorial Hospital). The store space has been donated by Joel Jumper of Coshocton Lumber. Hardesty said he has been a big help with getting the ReStore up and running. Jumper even donated some of the discontinued items from the lumberyard to the ReStore.
Currently, the ReStore is only open Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. But, items are accepted throughout the week by calling George Bookless at (740) 610-5762.
Also, volunteers are needed to do tasks such as price items, pick-up items, stock items, be a cashier, etc. To volunteer, also call Bookless.
Hardesty said they are looking for someone to serve as the manager of the store, possibly a volunteer. She said the Mt. Vernon ReStore has two retirees man the store. She said that would be ideal at the Coshocton store.
"Even though we are only open Saturdays, we're still in here working," Hardesty said.
The Saturday, May 1 sale netted the store's most profitable day since its opening -- $1,286.
"We were ecstatic. That was our biggest day so far," Hardesty said.
Before the Coshocton's store opening, the closet ReStores were in Mt. Vernon, Columbus, Canton or Wooster. There are only 600 ReStores nationwide, Hardesty said.
"There's been a big need for it," Hardesty said in the Coshocton community. "I'm so glad they opened a ReStore here."