Habitat for Humanity used furniture store opens in Warminster
It’s hard to find diapers, stained glass lamps, vintage toys, and ceramic knick knacks in one place, but that’s what Habitat for Humanity is for.
For 13 years, Bucks County Habitat chapter operated its Chalfont ReStore, selling used furniture, clothing, housewares, appliances and more. But the 22,500 square foot space has just been upgraded, almost doubling in size.
ReStore moves to 539 Jacksonville Road in Warminster, 40,000 square foot building – one of the largest ReStores in the country – with larger parking lot and “more visible” storefront, said BJ Breish, director of Bucks County ReStore .
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Breish, who has worked with Habitat for about seven years, oversees both the new Warminster site, as well as the second Bucks County ReStore in Middletown. He said the move from Chalfont, which was ad in early April, is a response to the store’s popularity and its inability to physically accommodate its customers.
“We have just gone beyond our space,” said Breish. “We realized that in order to grow our program and grow our mission and what we do in the community, we really have to look for a more visible location, a location closer to a lot of our donors. “
The Warminster ReStore will officially open Friday at 10 a.m.
With nearly 900 locations across the country, Habitat’s ReStores are large public donation centers, primarily serving low-income families and those in need of accessible and affordable household items.
Habitat for Humanity, a Christian non-profit organization working for the construction and preservation of houses and advocating for the accessibility and sustainability of housing, uses all the profits generated by its ReStores to finance various internal projects, such as its programs. repair and home ownership.
In Bucks County, Habitat has built more than 120 homes since 1990, largely with the help of program volunteers, according to Habitat. website. And in the past year, despite COVID-19, the local organization has carried out 40 home repairs, Breish said.
It’s these types of opportunities, along with its network of volunteers, that allow Habitat for Humanity in Bucks County to serve the community, Breish said. As students head back to school and people resume their pre-pandemic routines, Breish said the demand for sturdy, affordable furniture is back, and he hopes people are ready to jump in again. “treasure hunt” in the store.
“It’s kind of giving things a second chance, if you will, things that might otherwise have ended up in a landfill or been thrown out,” he said. “These are things that still have good bones, and we are able to recycle them.”
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Along with the size of the space, the ReStore staff will grow from 14 to 22 full-time employees. Over the next six years, Breish said the team anticipates “significant” growth and hopes to hire more people to ease the transition between stores.
On Tuesday, the store was packed with activity, as the team prepared for the grand opening this weekend. Staff members moved furniture, organized shelves, priced items and rushed to prepare the “hundreds of thousands” of items in their inventory, Breish said.
The ReStore has a big opening event Friday and Saturday, featuring local food trucks – where the first two hundred visitors can receive a free voucher – garden games, face painting, and balloon animals made by the ReStore. one of the ReStore’s own employees. The event will also feature free raffles throughout the day for discounted merchandise.
For those who wish to donate, the ReStore accepts deposits in person and can collect larger items for free through their donation hotline.
Colleen Brink, director of marketing and outreach for Habitat Bucks, said she was delighted to be back in the Warminster area after a donation station in Southampton closed due to the pandemic.
Since reopening, in accordance with state guidelines, Brink said the community has welcomed the ReStores with open arms, bringing the aisles back to life.
“Our customers have come back strong because the need is there, the need is there for affordable goods,” she said. “We just offer everything here. A bit of everything for the handyman, for the renovator, for household fins, for low-income families, for famous bargain hunters, for antique shops, you never know what you’ll find at the ReStore.