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ReStore now open in McDonough


By Monroe Roark
Times Correspondent 

  If you are a supporter of Habitat for Humanity International or just interested in knowing how to get more involved, there is now a much easier way to do that in Henry County.

The McDonough ReStore has 19,000 square feet of gently used furniture, home appliances, and building materials.                                              Photo by Nick Vassy

  The organization has opened a new ReStore location in McDonough, on Avalon Parkway just off Hwy. 20/81 west of I-75. It is one of 40 or more stores in Georgia and 800 across the country.

  These are retail outlets that sell new and gently used furniture, appliances, home furnishings and building material of all types – cabinets, plumbing, lighting and more. Shoppers can find great bargains on these items because they were donated by Habitat supporters for resale.

  Habitat for Humanity International, the parent company for ReStore, is best-known for its mission to build quality affordable housing for low-income families. The organization raises money, conducts training and supports 1,500 affiliates across the country.

  “The affiliates are really the hands and feet – the people who go out raising funds and also do the actual building and rehab of the houses,” said Drew Meyer, ReStore operations manager for the Atlanta area. “The ReStores are basically another way for us to raise funds to do our Habitat work.”

  The stores also help raise overall awareness about Habitat, he added.

  “It is the face of Habitat in the community. A lot of people are aware of what we do but don’t necessarily know all of the ways they can engage with Habitat. It really creates a virtual circle in that the donor gets a tax deduction, the customer gets a great bargain, and the funds we raise go back into our Habitat of building homes and hope. It gives several ways for people to get involved if they don’t feel comfortable on a building site.”

  Each store’s staff of paid employees is complemented by a volunteer group that allows more to be done with less cost. The McDonough location, formerly a basic warehouse adjacent to Avalon Church, was built out to create a showroom for the wide range of merchandise.

  “It’s really turned out to be a beautiful building, both inside and out,” said Meyer.

  On one side of the building is a large loading dock, making it more convenient for donors to bring in large items. Donors can also call a hotline and arrange for ReStore to come pick up items. All donations are tax-deductible.

  The inventory changes daily, and treasure hunters like coming in to see what has come in at any particular time.

  “You never know what you’re going to find and it’s always at a great price,” said Meyer. “If you see it today, buy it because it might be gone tomorrow. But come back and see what’s new.”

  To learn more about the ReStore and all other activities under the umbrella of Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity, visit



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