ROCKINGHAM — One local thrift store was “wide open” Tuesday as shoppers came in for deals on donated items.
The Habitat for Humanity ReStore of Richmond County is holding a week-long celebration following four months of renovations.
“It’s been a great day, so far,” said store manager Trey Robbins. “Should be a great week.”
During the event, the store will have daily drawings, offering different prizes — including a 7-feet patio umbrella — each day from the Lowe’s planogram facility in Troutman.
Robbins said there would also be different sales promotions each day.
Joyce Carter Russell had a few things in her cart as she perused the store.
“I like the furniture pretty well, and I especially like music,” she said, pulling out a few CDs. “You never know what you’re going to find.”
Robbins said the lease for the building was up in June and the store moved out of part of the building, cutting the facility in half.
“We were not using the entire area,” he said.
Robbins said the store never closed down during the renovation, but added that customers had to maneuver around areas as they were being painted.
Kim Kinney, director of the ReStores in Richmond and Moore counties, said one of the most important new additions is the public information wall, located near the checkout counter.
The wall has information on Habitat’s mission and local projects as well how to donate or volunteer.
“We always need stuff to sell,” Robbins said. “Donations are what drive this store.”
“We have a little bit of everything,” Robbins said, listing off merchandise including household items, furniture and clothes. “So we appeal to just about anybody that likes to save money.”
The money raised from ReStore sales goes toward building and repairing homes in Richmond County.
Kinney added if people don’t donate, “then we can’t contribute.”
“I’ll take about anything I can,” Robbins said, but he added that the store won’t accept things that need fixing. The store also doesn’t currently accept mattresses. However, free pickups for donations are available.
Robbins said the repair ministry has a monthly meeting at different churches throughout the area. The next meeting is scheduled for noon next Monday, Sept. 8, at Freedom Baptist Church in Rockingham.
He said Habitat for Humanity of the N.C. Sandhills is constantly looking for volunteers on job sites, adding, “But we could always use volunteers around the store.”
The renovation celebration runs through Saturday.
Reach reporter William R. Toler at 910-817-2675.