Construction thrift store opens
Written by Jef Hatch, Pilot staff writer   
February 20, 2013 10:28 am

Pat Billington checks donated lighting fixtures at the Habitat for Humanity’s thrift store that opens in Harbor on Thursday. The Pilot/Jef Hatch
Pat Billington checks donated lighting fixtures at the Habitat for Humanity’s thrift store that opens in Harbor on Thursday. The Pilot/Jef Hatch
For DIY-spirited folks who have the desire, but lack the funds, to fix up their homes, there’s the new Habitat for Humanity Store, opening in Harbor on Thursday.

“It’s such a poverty stricken county,” said Pat Billington, board president of the Curry County Habitat for Humanity. “It’s hard for people of means to understand what low-income people need to buy when it comes to home renovations.”

Many times when a home or business is built from the ground up there is a surplus of supplies — leftover lumber, extra windows or three cases of tile that were purchased to cover breakage. Those leftovers often end up in the dump by the contractors or left on site to be stored or disposed of by the client.

Now, contractors, builders and owners can donate those leftovers to the Habitat for Humanity construction thrift store, where budget-strapped  home renovator or homeowner can purchase them at heavily discounted price.

The store is located at 14703 Oceanview Dr. on the same property as AAA Stor-All on the corner of Highway 101 and Oceanview Drive.

“Habitat for Humanity is in the business of building homes and restoring communities,” Billington explained. “It’s a natural fit.”

As of Tuesday, the store was 40 percent full even though they aren’t open to taking donations yet, she said.

“We have received extremely generous donations from Home Depot and a local blinds business,” she said. “We’re the sole recipient of all of Home Depot’s donations because Del Norte has a Habitat for Humanity but no store.”

The store will take donations of construction materials of everything from framing lumber to light switch covers and porch lights to entry-way tile and then sell it at a price that area shoppers can afford.

The store has not paired with local contractors yet, but Billington hopes to create a solid relationship with all local contractors to provide a place they can donate the materials they don’t use on a job site.

“We’ve put out an invitation to Ace, Gold Beach Lumber and contractors to donate their unused goods from construction,” she explained.

All proceeds from the store go to support A Brush With Kindness (ABWK), a program that takes applications from low-income individuals with constructions needs — everything from pulling weeds to building an addition to their home — and tries to provide the labor force to accomplish the needs of individuals who need help.

“We used to build homes in the past but we’re not that big anymore,” Billington said. “Now we use ABWK to try and help more people.”

The store — the only one in Curry County — has 2,000 square feet of space to house the construction goods with the possibility of expansion on its current site.  

“It’s the comeback of Habitat,” Billington explained with a smile. “We almost died, like everyone in Curry County, but our meet-and-greet was a huge success and we have probably 20 volunteers who are excited and energetic.”

The store is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday and takes cash and local checks in payment.

For more information or to get directions, call 541-412-7166.