A new Habitat for Humanity retail store is opening December 15th in Freeland at the site of the old Skagit Farmer’s Supply Country Store. Proceeds from the sale of items contributed to the store will go to benefit affordable housing projects in Island County, according to Sandra Stipe, Store Manager.
This store is in addition to the Habitat Store in Oak Harbor. Both sell furniture, but the Freeland Store also specializes in selling building materials.
The store currently accepts donations from 10 AM to 2 PM on Fridays and Saturdays. At present, the Freeland Habitat Store is accepting donations of furniture, mattresses, desks, filing cabinets, flooring (tile, laminate), lavatories, faucets, bathtubs, toilets, windows, miscellaneous lighting, and doors. The response of customers will determine the product mix.
The Freeland store will give Habitat a consistent presence on South Whidbey. For families who are being recruited for potential Habitat homes, the new location will provide an excellent space to become acquainted with them. Selected families will also be able to come to Freeland to help earn some of their sweat equity hours.
The new location came about through observations, inquiries and good fortune. Calvin Hewitt, Executive Director of Island County’s Habitat for Humanity, realized that Farmer’s Supply would be vacating its store in Freeland when their new store was completed just west of Freeland on Highway 525. He checked to verify that the old building was being leased, got the name of the landlord and arranged a meeting. The landlords liked the idea of using the site for a new Habitat store, and negotiations ensued. Habitat was able to assume the lease in November 2011.
A special feature of the new store will be workshops to help people re-store items they purchase. For the start of this new service there are plans to hold workshops on furniture refinishing, repurposing, upholstery repair and painting.
Sandra is on the lookout for volunteers for a range of needs. She is supported by Lynn Ries, Program Director and Aimee Dixon, Resource Development Manager.
Store hours at the Freeland Habitat Store will be dependent upon volunteer support. Sandra plans to provide retail shopping Tuesday through Saturday, from 10 AM to 6 PM.
People can volunteer to help at the store by calling Sandra at 360 331-6272 or Lynn at 360 679-9444, or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.