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Warren County Habitat getting out the area’s best kept secret

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Posted: Friday, June 29, 2018 12:00 pm

It’s been said that Lake Gaston is a “best kept secret” but according to Habitat for Humanity’s Mike Hairston there’s another “best kept secret” a lot of people don’t know about.

The Warren County Habitat ReStore, located on Hwy 158, between Vaughn and Macon, N.C. and people who go there find it’s a ReStore with more –appliances, furniture, home décor and more. In fact, according to Hairston, just recently the ReStore was gifted with truckloads of working stoves, refrigerators, washers and even the kitchen sinks from the Colonial Lodge in Warrenton, N.C. The retirement facility is remodeling and donated the appliances to this worthy cause. They are now for sale at rock bottom prices for anyone interested.

“They are going fast though,” Hairston said, also mentioning that this week an estate is contributing all its wares. “The inventory changes out from week.”

While this Restore provides an important service to the community by providing quality second hand items at very reasonable prices, the ReStore is also an important part of Warren County Habitat because the proceeds provide the money by which the organization builds homes for its clients.

Hairston said the organization currently has two homes under construction and one of those is almost finished.

“The (Re) Store is the source of funds that are needed in order to build Habitat houses in Warren County,” he said. “It took about three years to raise enough money to build the first house in Warren County. House number twelve is now under construction.”

On history of the community resource, Hairston said the project began as an idea of Patty Chartier.

“Patty Charrier had the idea for a retail store to be able to sell on a weekend basis and the store was named Jim’s Store in memory of her husband, Jim, who passed away in 2004,” Hairston said. “Don Chartier leased the present store at a $1 per year from Sandra Shearin. In 2016 Sandra and John Shearin donated the property to Habitat. The Shearin Building, a 2400 sq. ft building was constructed in 2017.”

Hairston explained that there are three sales buildings at the facility. Jim’s Store; where home goods, linens, kitchen, bedroom, decorating, artificial flowers are displayed, the Annex; where windows, doors, ceiling fans, chandeliers, dish washers, and miscellaneous construction items are center stage and the Shearin Building; containing furniture, appliances, mirrors, picture frames, framed art, lamps and some décor items.

“We never know what will be donated so items in the store are continually changing,” Hairston said. “There might be a very nice antique, a pretty piece of glassware, or an American Girl doll. Some of the more unusual items have been a pool table and a quilting loom.”

Hairston mentioned there are always special sales going on at the ReStore as well.

“Be sure to look for the special bargains that are marked 25, 50 and 75 percent off,” putting on his salesman hat, he also said, “Do you need an extra coffee pot for the rec room, how about $3-5, pick the one you want.”

The ReStore, which takes donations on Tuesdays, is open to the public from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday’s and Saturdays.

Hairston also mentioned the organization is always in need of volunteers.

“We always need volunteers,” he said. “We need some people to help with the Tuesday morning pickups and for placing items in the Shearin Building. We need help pricing the items. And on Friday and Saturday mornings, we need volunteers to help staff the store. Come by anytime on Tuesday morning or on the weekends. We will be glad to show you around and welcome you to our store.”

To make donations or to offer your services call call Sandy DeLair at 252-257-4208 and leave a message.