Paul E. Anna: High Points |

Paul E. Anna: High Points

Paul E. Anna
The Aspen Times
Aspen, CO Colorado

“Would you like a free tape measure and level?” the young lady asked me as I headed into City Market in Basalt. Usually I brush off folks who offer me free stuff (pretty stupid huh?), but as I rarely measure up and my whole life is a bit off kilter, I thought, “What the hell?” – I don’t have to buy what she selling I’ll just take the freebie and move on.

Ah, but this girl had news I could use. It seems she was there to draw awareness to the Habit For Humanity Restore Furniture Boutique and Home Improvement Warehouse on Highway 82 between Carbondale and Glenwood Springs. She explained that with people doing their spring cleaning this was a great time to let folks know that they can take their clean and gently used items and donate them to Habitat Roaring Fork. You know, when you are getting rid of a bed or some lights or old CDs or an extra window that you might have sitting in the back of the shed.

It seems that the nonprofit ReStore is just the place to recycle all of that old stuff and put it to good use. And I mean real good use.

Habitat For Humanity is an international organization that builds homes for people in need. Over the last decade they have built seven homes to house local families. The organization has a goal of identifying needy families and enlisting them to provide sweat equity into the projects that they build. These are people who need a hand and Habitat for Humanity provides that.

To help raise funding to buy property and build homes, the local chapter operates the ReStore center between mile markers 7 and 8 on Highway 82. Here people can donate things from their homes and get a tax deduction for doing so. Once those items are sold, Habit For Humanity uses 100 percent of the funding to support their non-governmental mission. In addition to raising money, the ReStore helps to keep stuff out of our local landfills, which is where much it might otherwise end up.

Because of the good fortune, and just plain fortune, of the Roaring Fork Valley, the Roaring Fork ReStore fills up with top-notch stuff. This is not grandma’s old shawl we are talking about. When The Little Nell underwent a remodel, much its old inventory found its way to the ReStore. Currently in the warehouse are the contents of an 8,000-square-foot Aspen home that donated everything to the store when it was shut down. That includes a hot tub still in the box.

So there are couple of ways that folks can take advantage of the ReStore. If you’ve got stuff, give ’em a call at 963-8555. They can help arrange to pick items up and, if you need to send significant items out, they will send an appraiser to review your options for donation purposes. You can always call and let them know you want to bring items in and they’ll let know how to do it.

If you are building a house and need some windows, a bed, or yes, even a hot tub, you can stop in and go through the furniture boutique and warehouse. Chances are you’ll find what you need and likely even more stuff that you weren’t searching for but simply have to have. Not only that, you’ll get it for prices that are far below retail.

Either way you’ll get that warm and fuzzy feeling that you have done the right thing. You not only have solved your problem, you’ll have done someone else good as well.

Keep it on the level and measure up.

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