Photo by John F. Russell
New Steamboat Habitat ReStore Manager Detlef McIlhany, from right, helps Randy Hoff and Jennie Arias unload a couch at the expanded retail location in Riverside Plaza.
Steamboat Springs Routt County Habitat for Humanity Executive Director Jody Patten said ReStore's ride to Riverside Plaza has been "wild and exciting."
"We were just in a 400-square-foot, tiny space on Oak Street. Now, we have 3,176 square feet," Patten said as she showed off the nonprofit's new store that sells refurbished appliances, building supplies, furniture and home decor items. "What this amounts to is a place that is affordable for locals."
Patten was just as excited about the location of the new store along U.S. Highway 40 as she was about all of the discounted items inside. She said she hopes the store will catch the eyes of commuters traveling along the highway.
The store officially opened Tuesday, and Patten said the added space will allow the nonprofit to accept more donated couches, appliances and other utilities than it could at its much smaller home on Oak Street.
She also was eager to spotlight a couple of "jewels" that recently have been donated to ReStore.
The items included a set of unused windows valued at $4,000, refrigerators, an 8-foot-tall door and several couches.
"What I'm sensing is people are mostly passionate about the idea of recycling," Patten said. "They like the idea of donating something that might otherwise go into a landfill. And people are passionate about finding a bargain."
ReStore, which is open from noon to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, accepts donations from noon to 4 p.m. Mondays. Donors are eligible for a tax receipt.
Patten said the revenue generated from the store helps to support the nonprofit's building projects, including the duplex at 2750 Honeysuckle Lane. Habitat hopes to finish that project in November.
Detlef McIlhany, the new manager at ReStore, is optimistic the new location will offer residents an affordable way to remodel or renovate their homes.
"I think it's going to be a good place," he said. "Our ultimate mission is to help with low-income housing. We're not trying to infringe on (Ace at the Curve) or Steamboat ProBuild and Sears. But when there's somebody who cannot afford a $1,700 fridge and I can offer them one as a crutch to tide them over, I feel like I'm doing a good thing for them."
Patten said that Habitat is looking for volunteers to work shifts at the new store and that the store's hours likely will expand to be open from 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays.
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