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Local Habitat group readies to open resale store; seeks donations
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MONROE - Habitat for Humanity of Green County will begin taking donations for its new resale home improvement store April 11.

The Habitat Resale Store, a home improvement thrift store, is expected to open in May. The store will be located at 1001 30th St., the former location of the Hometown Discount store. The Habitat resale store will offer new and used home improvement materials at discounted rates. Profits will help fund the mission of Habitat of Humanity of Green County.

The store will accept surplus materials used in construction and home improvement, as well as some household items and electronics. Volunteers are also needed immediately for store set-up, as well as volunteer cashiers, sales floor and warehouse workers. The store will have one part-time paid manager.

Since it began in Green County in 1991, Habitat has built 20 homes in Monroe and the surrounding area, according to a news release.

Habitat board member Leah Hanson said the resale store will offer a unique opportunity for people to find inexpensive, small-scale home improvement products.

"This will be terrific for the community and it's a huge step for us. We are really excited," she said.

The warehouse-sized building will be perfect for accepting donations, thanks to an unloading dock, as well as copious space. She said the group wanted to push for opening up donations sooner rather than later as the spring-cleaning bug gets people itching to get rid of things.

"As we get closer and closer to spring, we wanted to launch quickly and start taking donations," Hanson said.

She said organizers have a small base of inventory to fill out the warehouse, but the store really needs building materials.

"We might ease into other areas and expand to clothing or that type of thing, but for now we are trying to take it with baby steps with the stuff we know best," Hanson said.

The organization is accepting donations at the store during its hours of operation starting April 11. Hours of operation are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday; noon to 7 p.m. Thursday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

Donated items can be new or used but must be in sellable condition. Accepted items include: Building supplies (sheetrock/drywall/wall board); insulation; lumber; roofing (shingles); tools (hand tools/power tools); tile; ceiling tiles; landscaping materials (stone); wallpaper; lighting; plumbing fixtures (sinks, tubs, toilets); cabinets (kitchen and bathroom); cabinet and door hardware; doors; windows (double panes); furnace; window air conditioner; wooden furniture (chairs, tables, dressers, bed frames) - no upholstered furniture accepted; carpet (new); blinds/curtain rods; wood flooring; refrigerator/stove; washer/dryer; and dishwasher/microwave.

Items that cannot be accepted include: Built-in ovens; built-in microwaves; double ovens; clothing; bedding; towels; dishes; flatware; glasses; curtains; drapes and vertical blinds; glass or mirrors; household chemicals; jewelry; paint; trash compactors; vintage; appliances; industrial/commercial paint/epoxies/stains; loose shingles; toys; books; magazines; office cubicles; dividers; oil based paints or stains; outdated computer equipment or electronics; upholstered furniture; and caulk.

To volunteer to work at the store, call 608.329.4024 or email to receive a volunteer registration form.

- Tom Holm