Habitat for Humanity ReStore: Building a Stronger Springfield

Eighteen21.com is always interested in hearing about local non-profits and programs, which give back to the Springfield community.  So we decided to check in with Shayne Squires, Habitat for Humanity of Sangamon County development manager, to find out more about the Habitat ReStore and its workshops – a place volunteers can share creativity while staying green and giving back to those in need.

What is the Habitat for Humanity of Sangamon County’s ReStore?
Habitat for Humanity of Sangamon County’s ReStore is a great place to shop, donate, volunteer, take do-it-yourself classes and let loose your passion for pallet furniture and repurposing. Items range from new and used furniture, flooring materials, bathroom fixtures, lighting, and antiques to cabinets, fencing, and building materials. ReStore is the place to find just what you need for your home or building projects – at affordable prices. Proceeds are invested in Sangamon County to support Habitat for Humanity’s mission to eliminate poverty housing. 

Tell us about the Chill & Build and ReStore ReMix workshops.
The ReStore receives a variety of donations. Many items come in ready to sell, but others may be broken or in need of TLC. Wanting to be green rather than send items to a landfill, we looked to our imagination, HGTV, Pinterest, and do-it-yourself magazines for inspiration. 
ReStore ReMix, held monthly for a small fee, allows participants to make the featured item and take it home.  Upcoming classes and registration are posted on the Facebook page and habitatsangamon.com. Chill & Build takes place on the second Saturday of each month from 10.30 am to 3 pm. Using pallets and other repurposed items, volunteers work together to build, paint, learn, and create one-of-a-kind furniture and decorative pieces that are sold in the ReStore. 

What items can people expect to be involved in making at the Chill & Build or ReMix workshops?
Since we’re trying to repurpose items, what we build depends on the supplies we have on hand. Pallets are always popular – and can be made into all kinds of things. We’ve made tables, Adirondack chairs, and vertical gardens.  We’ve also made dragonflies from fan blades, hanging planters from light fixtures, faux-stained glass art pieces, and dog beds.

Why is the ReStore so important? 
Making a purchase, donating items, or volunteering helps change lives. In partnership with our community, you’re helping Habitat for Humanity provide a hand-up, not a handout, to change lives and eliminate poverty housing in Sangamon County. In addition to offering items at affordable prices, Habitat ReStore also performs a valuable community service by diverting good, reusable materials from landfills. 

What are people looking to buy when they come to the ReStore?
Every day is different. What doesn’t change is that shoppers are looking for great items at affordable prices – and that’s what the ReStore offers.  
Customers also check the ReStore “color wheel,” located at the checkout counter when you enter, for additional savings. There are four colors and the wheel rotates each Tuesday. The color on the price tag indicates whether an item is full price – or marked down 25%, 50% or 75%. If you love an item, don’t sit on the fence too long. Items tend to move fast.

What is the most rewarding part of working with the ReStore and workshops? 
Habitat ReStore is like being on a treasure hunt – you never know what you’re going to find. 
Customers often remark that shopping at the ReStore makes them feel good – not only because they find great stuff, but because their purchases help Habitat for Humanity of Sangamon County. 

The ReStore, located at 2744 S 6th St Springfield, IL 62703, is open from 10 am to 6 pm Tuesday through Saturday and accepts a variety of donated items from individuals, contractors, businesses, and organizations. For more information visit habitatsangamon.com/ReStore. If you would like to volunteer at the ReSore you can sign up at habitatsangamon.com or call Susan at 217-523-2710.