Columbia County Habitat Executive Director Brenda Adams announced that Habitat’s ReStore earned $30,000 over the past 12 months that will go directly to support high-performance affordable housing construction for lower-income working families.

“ReStore is the ultimate recycling operation,” Adams said. “Everything we sell in the ReStore has been donated by individuals or businesses with surplus goods. Our customers benefit by being able to buy new or gently-used materials at deeply discounted prices. Both donors and customers have the added satisfaction of knowing that they’re also reducing waste as contributions are repurposed.”

Habitat President Sara McWilliams added, “We expanded the ReStore’s selling space by 50% 18 months ago, and our increased capacity has really paid off. Thanks to ReStore’s contribution, Habitat can build two homes a year instead of one. ReStore funds also support our investment in energy-saving high-performance homes, which give our families long-term economic sustainability and security.”

The ReStore sells furniture, appliances, building materials, tools, windows, doors, vanities, tiles, lighting and a whole lot more. “Every day really is Earth Day at the ReStore,” ReStore Manager Marcia Witte noted. “We’re so proud to make such a substantial contribution to Habitat’s building fund. This level of support is only possible through the generosity of our donors and the yeoman efforts of our amazing volunteers. They do everything from pricing and inventory to merchandise set up and donation pick-up.”

To meet popular demand, in August the ReStore added Thursday shopping hours from 4 to 8 pm, in addition to Fridays and Saturdays, 9 to 5. Donations can be made during those hours or by appointment by calling the ReStore/Habitat office at 518-828-0892, Tuesday to Friday, 9:30 to 5.

The ReStore is located at 829 Route 66, just east of Route 9H. To volunteer at the ReStore or on the current Habitat build in Hudson, email volunteer@columbiacountyhabitat.org or call the Habitat office at 518-828-0892.