HANCOCK COUNTY — Darwyn Proehl and his buddy, Roger Aldefer, wandered among the merchandise at Greenfield’s new Habitat for Humanity ReStore Wednesday, noting every few paces how much they needed one thing or another.
“They’ve got a little bit of everything,” came Proehl’s voice from down one aisle. “Hey, I could use this.”
What precisely Proehl found as he nosed around isn’t known, but the possibilities ran from electric cooking range tops to furniture, sinks, counters, furniture, electrical tape and 12-gauge wire to lighting fixtures, grinding wheels and clamps.
And that was at the front of the store.
Greenfield’s ReStore, the second such outlet for Habitat for Humanity of Greater Indianapolis, opened its doors about two weeks ago, and store manager David Hazel said early reaction has been encouraging.
“Things have been going well,” Hazel said. “We’ve been surprised with the amount of people we’ve had already, buying and donating, and we’ve got trucks on the road right now picking up more stuff.”
ReStore outlets accept donations of new and slightly used furniture, fixtures, appliances, windows, lighting and other construction materials. It then offers them to the public at significantly reduced prices; the proceeds fund the organization’s home ownership programs.
The operation is an ecumenical Christian ministry that provides low-income individuals and families the opportunity to purchase and own affordable homes built or rehabilitated by Habitat volunteers, according to the organization’s website.
And that’s all good, but Proehl, who owns several rental properties in the area; and Aldefer, a professional handyman, were in acquisition mode Wednesday for things they needed – or perhaps, more accurately – things they might need, one day, maybe.
“I go to them all the time,” Proehl said. “A lot of the stuff they recycle here is good for everything, and it’s a lot cheaper.
Ken Edwards of Greenfield also stopped off at the ReStore Wednesday. He’s always on the lookout for things he needs to fix up his home and property near Bloomington.
“They certainly have some good deals from time to time,” Edwards said.
Habitat received permission to expand its reach and provide service to Hendricks and Hancock counties in April 2013, and with efforts already under way in Hendricks County, moving into Hancock County was the next logical step, Habitat officials said.
Habitat for Humanity of Greater Indianapolis purchased the former Carter Lumber site at 1141 W. U.S. 40 for $440,000 in January.
This Saturday, the store will hold its official opening and ribbon cutting along with a community day and donation drive from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., said Abri Hochstetler, marketing and communications coordinator for the organization.
“We’re trying to get people out to see the store, if they haven’t been there already,” Hochstetler said.
In addition to its opening activities, Habitat will have do-it-yourself projects on display and activities for the kids, weather permitting, Hochstetler said.
Habitat officials say they will concentrate on getting the ReStore up and running this year, then introduce home ownership programs in the area in 2015.
IF YOU GO
Habitat for Humanity ReStore, 1141 W. U.S. 40 (former site of Carter Lumber) is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Friday; 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday