Green Mountain Habitat for Humanity (GMHfH) is opening their first Vermont ReStore on Route 2A in Williston tomorrow, September 8th. They remodeled approximately 6000 square feet at 528 Essex Road to hold their social enterprise that sells building materials and household items. Sales from the store provide stable funding for their home building projects while keeping usable building materials out of landfills.
I peeked through their door windows yesterday and saw sofas, stands and cupboards and lots of other home decor pieces waiting to be purchased. According to their website, Green Mountain Habitat for Humanity started reselling building materials through their Franklin-Grand Isle chapter in 2010. Twice a month, they offer building materials for sale out of a Highgate warehouse. GMHfH hopes is to raise significant funds with this Chittenden County store. Nationally, there are 800 Habitat for Humanity ReStores, and last year sales from these stores generated $77 million that was used to build affordable housing.
The Restore provides free pickup from your home or business (Contractors--I'll bet they would pick up old windows, wood and other home and building materials at your job site), and the materials donated provide you with a tax deduction. Anyone wanting to learn how to build green can get lessons from the Restore staff.