The Macomb Daily
Wider aisles, better signage among upgrades coming to Habitat for Humanity’s ReStores
Ever since Macomb County Habitat for Humanity opened its ReStores, volunteers have worked to make them a great experience for everyone, be it those looking for items or others donating them.
Once again improvements are in the works for its stores in Shelby and in Warren.
“With a new ReStore manager in place, the vision has been changed,” said Helen Hicks, president and CEO Of Macomb Habitat, referring to the location in Shelby Township. “The store is sparkling clean, only specific gently-used items are accepted, and a myriad of brand new reasonablypriced items are also prominently featured throughout the store. The new manager has also made the aisles wider and signage is more pronounced.”
What’s remained the same are the prices.
Everything from new building materials and lighting fixtures to used furnishings and housewares are marked down in order to keep the stock moving in and out of the store.
“It’s a bargain shopper’s dream,” Hicks said.
Changes are also coming for Macomb Habitat’s ReStore in Warren. The building at Nine Mile Road and Van Dyke Avenue is being demolished to make room for a new fire station so the ReStore is being moved to a newly-renovated building just down the road that served as a library. As in Shelby, customers can expect to see a newer look but with the same great items including home furnishings and construction items.
These changes will be coming in the next few months. With many looking to clean out their garages, attics and basements as winter gives way to spring, both ReStores are expecting to see donations pick up.
“Items most in need are: appliances, construction ma
terials, plain couches and chairs, tools, outdoor items, and household kitchen items,” Hicks said, noting that items could be picked up at no cost. “We never accept anything that is ripped, torn, or dirty. We also do not accept clothing, toys, entertainment centers, mattresses, or furniture with wild flowers or patterns.
“When you think about donating something, ask yourself if you would use it. If the answer is yes, bring it. If no, toss it in the trash.”
Making a donation is a win-win for everyone.
Homeowners get the opportunity
to help a good cause and all net proceeds from the items sold at the ReStore go to further the mission of providing affordable housing and hope for members of the community.
“We don’t give away items very often,” said Hicks. “We simply sell great items at a fair price and then turn around and invest that money right back into the people we serve.”
Both ReStores are currently located at 23211 Van Dyke Ave., (off of 9 Mile) in Warren and at 46660 Van Dyke Ave., in Shelby Township. Hours are Tuesday through Friday 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
For more information visit macombrestore.com/.