Habitat finding success giving donated items TLC

  • Friday, November 8, 2013

  • Updated Friday, November 8, 2013 12:14 pm

Georgetown County, S.C. — Each Monday at 9 a.m., volunteers and board members gather for a workshop at the Habitat for Humanity office in Georgetown to upcycle donated goods.
They add some paint or sand rough edges on furniture, light fixtures, antiques and more.
These goods, which are placed in a corner of the Restore called “Chic as Can Be,” are then sold to the public.
Money from the sales helps with infrastructure to build houses, including family services and selection, fundraising, marketing and efforts to bring in volunteers.
Annette Perreault, executive director of the organization, said she is glad Habitat is fixing up and improving the “well loved” items donated to the Restore.
“Part of our mission is to keep items out of the landfill, so we turn them into new treasures to help raise funds,” Perreault said.
“We are really excited about bringing new things to our customers and attracting new customers. By shopping in our stores, people can help us build houses without lifting a hammer.”
She said right now Habitat for Humanity Georgetown County is working on house numbers 94 and 95.
The 94th house is the Women Build house, sponsored by Susanne Evans Coaching, Inc.
The 95th house is the Youth United Build house paid for with funds from the 2013 Pawleys Pavilion Reunion.
Habitat is now preparing to break ground on the 2014 Apostles Build house, with a tentative date for sometime in January, she said.
“We are very blessed to have the community to help us continue to build houses,” Perreault said.
Christine Cribb, resource development director for the organization, came up with the upcycling idea.
“I’ve always enjoyed painting things to make them look different and make them work in a certain room,” Cribb said. “So many things we receive are scratched, so we fix them up. Otherwise they would sit there in the store.”
Items for the Restore can be dropped off in Pawleys Island next to Williams Carpet on U.S. Highway 17.  
Items can also be picked up by Habitat for Humanity. Call 843-546-5685, ext. 1.
People who donate goods receive a receipt for a tax write-off.

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