Habitat for Humanity opens ReStore Boutique
July 21, 2009
GARFIELD COUNTY – Habitat for Humanity has opened a second store, the ReStore Boutique, in the Roaring Fork Valley.
The boutique specializes in furniture, artwork, decorative items and chandeliers. It is located near the intersection of Highway 82 and Cattle Creek Road, in the strip mall that houses Little Bear Antiques and CapCo Tile. That is also the site of Habitat’s ReStore Warehouse, which features appliances, windows, doors, cabinetry, plumbing fixtures, electrical items, lumber and flooring.
The warehouse opened about 18 months ago. It is stocked from donations made by community members, contractors, designers and businesses. Many of the supplies would have been thrown away without the re-use opportunity. Habitat’s Roaring Fork Valley chapter estimates it has diverted more than 300 tons of materials from the landfill.
The boutique opened because of a demand from customers for quality furniture at affordable prices.
“We have had brand new pieces arrive off our truck that were donated simply because the color or design was not quite right for the homeowner; these treasures are waiting for an owner to love them,” said a statement from Habitat for Humanity’s local executive director, Kristen Wilmes.
The Habitat Truck goes to Aspen at least two days per week to pick up new donations. Habitat offers a free pick-up service.
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