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Archive for month: May, 2017

Insider Information ***RESTORE***

Insider Information ***RESTORE***

Think you know everything there is to know about the ReStore?

Read on for a little insider information that only ReStore staff and volunteers know.

Insider Information: Purchased Product

Purchasing product to sale is a practice that some ReStores have adopted in an effort to increase funds raised for their Habitat for Humanity. The Internal Revenue Service says that 501 (c)(3) nonprofits can remain exempt from income tax as long as “substantially all” of the items being sold are donated. Legal experts usually interpret this to mean no more than 15% of gross sales should be from purchased product.

At the ReStores of Habitat for Humanity of Kanawha & Putnam (every Habitat is independent and locally operated), only 7% of our sales come from purchased product. We stock small purchased items like toilet rings, caulking and paint brushes to accompany the sale of our donated products, making it easier for our customers to buy what they need to complete a home improvement project.

Every once in a while, we purchase an order of discontinued merchandise from a liquidating company. Did you notice all the BLUE-TAG furniture at the front of the Charleston ReStore? This was a one-time purchase. We mark the items 50% of the retail price. That means the ReStore usually has a 25% markup on the purchased product we sale. Retailers usually have 50-250% and some times more.

Insider Information: Inventory Levels

Because the vast majority of our merchandise is donated by people like you, we never know what will be dropped off from one day to the next. It’s very exciting, but not knowing what’s coming makes it hard to organize a big store. We use a few different techniques to manage inventory levels of our donated product.

If we suddenly have too many doors to fit into our door racks, we run a 25% off door sale. The excitement these departmental promotions create is usually enough to get the category back to a manageable level in a week or two.

We also use our e-newsletter coupons to control inventory levels. One of the best examples of this strategy is our FREE CHAIR coupon. We are fortunate to have hundreds of great business donors that donate thousands of office chairs throughout the year. But sometimes we have chairs coming out of our ears, and that’s when we send our customers that very special coupon.

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Insider Information: Sales Goals

The ReStore has sales goals and we strive to achieve our goals every day. This requires hours of planning, back-breaking work, a positive attitude, and a special kind of resilience that those who works with the public must maintain.

Before we can raise money for Habitat for Humanity, we must cover the expense of owning and maintaining a big facility and all the additional operational expenses that come with running a store (supplies, payroll, equipment, etc).

We work hard to meet our sales goal because at the beginning of every year we make a commitment. We essentially promise Habitat for Humanity of Kanawha and Putnam that we will generate a certain amount of money to go toward the construction of Habitat for Humanity homes. This is an important commitment that Habitat for Humanity uses to plan the number of houses they can build in the upcoming year.

Each number represents a family.

ReStore Funds Habitat Houses

After a home buyer is chosen by the Habitat for Humanity Homeowner Selection Committee, they enter into a year-long program of sweat equity, homeowner education, and financial training. Along with private donations and mortgage payment from earlier houses, ReStore proceeds make the construction possible.

Building a house is expensive and if we fail to deliver on our committee our partners will suffer.

This year, along with years past, the ReStore is keeping its commitment. Our loyal and generous donors are keeping our shelves full and our shoppers are keeping the cash register ringing.

Thank you!

ReStore Funds Habitat Houses

Garden ReDesigns by ReStore Customers

Garden ReDesigns by ReStore Customers

Get out in the garden!

Summer is almost here and our customers have been busy creating ReStore redesigns for their outdoor living space.

Garden ReDesign

Andi Thomas created this awesome bar/table from an old electrical spool. We love it!

Garden ReDesign

Bernice Deakins is so creative! Just look at these planters she created from old terracotta pipe.

Garden ReDesign

Donna Morgan Rose assembled dishes and dodads she found at the ReStore to create this birdfeeder.

Garden ReDesign

Can you tell what this beautiful arbor is made from? That’s right; Ellie Marshall used wood spindles to build this redesign.

Garden ReDesign

Garden ReDesign

John & Robin Grey used metal headboards ReStore received from a hotel remodel to build this lovely fence for their roses.

Garden ReDesign

Fairy gardens are so much fun! Just ask Laura Sullilvan. She made this one with a container and goodies she found at the ReStore.

Garden ReDesign

Just look at all the repurposed items in Mary Bradley’s garden bench!

Need your own garden bench? Check out this DIY article.

Garden ReDesign

With the help of some paint and a pallet, Pam King now has gorgeous flowers screening her unattractive heat pump.

Garden ReDesign

The beautiful screen door Randy Vanbibber found at the ReStore is the perfect addition to his cute-as-a-button garden shed!

Garden ReDesign

Ruth Ann Knabb turned an old chandelier into a unique hanging planter.

Click here for another idea for transforming old chandeliers into outdoor delights!

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