BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - What you don't want, someone else may be able to use. That reuse has people checking out a brand new store.
What's in this store in south Buffalo could go a long way in helping people across the City of Buffalo. It's the grand opening of Habitat Humanity's second ReStore.
David Zablotny of Habitat for Humanity said, "We have furniture, appliances, building supplies, household goods, things like that."
Donations fill this store, lending credibility to the old saying, one man's trash is another man's treasure. Habitat's motto--Donate, shop, volunteer.
"People can donate their items by dropping them off and by also scheduling pickups. They can volunteer within our stores and on our build sites every year as well as be able to come in and get some great merchandise that was diverted, due to its still usability, from landfills throughout western New York," added Evan Quinn of the Habitat Restore.
Habitat builds or restores homes for people with low incomes. Since 1985, the organization has provided built more than 200 homes in the area. Even with volunteer and corporate help, money is needed.
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Quinn said, "With the opening of this store, we hope our revenue stream will get even more of a thrust and we'll be able to do more great things in Buffalo every year."
As people browse, Habitat for Humanity Buffalo leaders feel confident about the potential success of their second ReUse store.
"We found five years ago with our store on Amherst Street that this was a great sustainable funding stream for Habitat Humanity to help us build more houses in Buffalo," added Zalotny.
People can check out the new and gently used merchandise Tuesdays through Fridays from 10 to 6 and Saturdays from 9 to 6.
Zalotny said, "Our goal is to continue to increase the number of houses that we build or rehab in the city because there's a lot of families, low income families, that need housing in Buffalo. So we're trying to increase that number. In order to due that we need more funding."
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