Habitat for Humanity of the Greater Harrisburg Area on Friday opened ReStore, a donation-based home furnishings store that will help fund the efforts of the local charity.
The ReStore is the 18th such Habitat store in Pennsylvania and there are more than 800 across the county, according to Eve Wachhaus, executive director of the local organization.
The store works like a Goodwill or Salvation Army store. Donors can drop off furniture and other home supplies and buyers can then purchase them in a showroom setting. All of the proceeds directly fund the Harrisburg Habitat office.
The donations already filled up two small warehouses at the 800 Paxton St. location, Wachhaus said. The store is in the old Troegs Brewery, across from Pennsy Supply.
The 800 stores across the country raised $266 million for Habitat last year, an average of more than $330,000 per store, Wachhaus said. She did not have any estimates on how much she expected the local ReStore to raise.
“It all depends on the donors, and how much we can get in the store,” she said.
Not only will the store help fund the local Habitat, but local officials said it could be a way to keep Harrisburg and the surrounding area cleaner. If you have furniture you don’t want anymore, Harrisburg Mayor Linda Thompson said, drop it off at the ReStore.
“Our back alleys and our corners are not the place to do it,” she said.